EAGLE AFRICA is a multimedia art project by German-Ghanaian artist Philip Metz, which examines the colonial history of Germany in Ghana through photography, video, and installation. The project will result in an exhibition that will be presented at the Goethe Institute of Accra, Ghana, in April 2014.
In 1683, the Fort 'Gross-Friedrichsburg' was founded at the Cape of Tres Pontas. It served as a fortress, storage of goods, and slave prison.
“..This 17th Century history is quite unknown in Germany. In September 2011, I traveled to Ghana to research forts of the former colonial powers. The artistic result of this research was a series of photographs showing several former forts and their present use. On this trip, I discovered “Gross-Friedrichsburg.” Puzzled by this German name, I began my investigation...” (Philip Metz).
EAGLE AFRICA describes a process that begins to scratch below the surface and the known historiography to dig deeper, locate other facts, stories and ideas, and make them visible. The artistic interpretation allows for a questioning of position and change of perspective in regards to the story. Both German and Ghanaian historians will accompany this project. Alongside the scientific expectations is an art project, which relates closely to socio-political and historical issues.
"(...)Knowledge creates knowledge , as knowledge begins; ( ... ) "
Philipp Khabo Koepsell