blaxTARLINES KUMASI (GH)
Contemporary Art Collective
blaxTARLINES KUMASI is an experimental incubator of contemporary art and a sharing community. It has a lineage of radical art and community projects dating back to the 1990s. It is responsible for demystifying art from classical and pre-1960s European modernist predeterminations in Ghana’s foremost art college in KNUST, Kumasi.
Formalized in 2015, blaxTARLINES functions as a trans-generational and trans-cultural community operating on a generative model and affirmative politics. These operations are tactical responses to crisis points such as the general lack of public funding for contemporary art practice in the region.
blaxTARLINES has implemented a broad set of initiatives toward the growth and sustenance of criticality in art practice in Ghana and beyond by building hard and soft infrastructure including co-developing cultural platforms, curriculums, residencies, social networks, studios, and public access art spaces. Through parenting and mentoring of start-up art incubators, the coalition builds upon and opens up avenues for artistic and critical exploration, while probing and deepening modes and bases of knowledge hinged on the universalist principle of preemptive equality. The community’s projects explore the interfaces between the non-human, inhuman, human, and post-human.