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Prism of Freedom

The One Minutes Series of September is called 'Prism of Freedom' curated by Ghanaian artist Va-Bene E. Fiatsi (crazinisT artisT). Prism of Freedom consists of 16 One Minutes by various international visual artists challenging the socio-political status of freedom. How can we re-interpret the world beyond the intimacy of our eyes?


The series is a mixtape of 16 one-minute films on the future of freedom. The series premieres at Chale Wote Street Art Festival, 20–26 August in James Town, Accra (GH). In September, Prism of Freedom will tour museums and cultural spaces around the world subscribed to The One Minutes Series. 

“Prism of Freedom serves as a platform to explore film and videos as language, dialect and gesture in articulating the importance of art as significant medium for socio-political dialogue and activating cultural change. The thematic concept of the series plays on the notion of postcolonial and post-religious perception of independence, and paradox of

liberation with experimental spirit exploring human sense of liberation, freedom, limitations, spirituality, identity and intimacy. However, the series presents also videos which equally explore the politics of time and imagery as sensuous character of questioning our realities.


How can we re-interpret the world beyond the intimacy of our eyes, body or

other senses or how could we ride through the narrow technical vision of perceiving a new world? Could the moving image complement our non-stoppable hallucination of the future of freedom or could it substitute rituals for our sense of realities?” 

Va-Bene E. Fiatsi (crazinisT artisT)


Participating artists:

  1. Daniel Codina
  2. Kresiah Mukwazhi
  3. Henriette Hamer
  4. Noel Molloy
  5. Dan Pavsic
  6. Jean-Michel Rolland
  7. Jeremy Wiles-Young
  8. crazinisT artisT
  9. Female Handala
  10. Alvin Ashiatey
  11. SANOKA
  12. Alfie Dwyer
  13. Razan
  14. Matthew Lancit
  15. Hala Namer


About The One Minute


The One Minutes is a global network devoted to moving image. Since 1998,

The One Minutes has produced and distributed over 10,000 video works by

artists from more than 120 countries.

Every month, The One Minutes Foundation puts out a new series of 60-

second films that investigate how we perceive and engage with moving

image. Museums and cultural organisations around the world subscribe to

the series.  


Passing Through

crazinisT artisT, Rituals of Becoming, Gallery 1957, 2017, image made in collaboration with Fagot Koroviev and CCQ Magazine
crazinisT artisT, Rituals of Becoming, Gallery 1957, 2017, image made in collaboration with Fagot Koroviev and CCQ Magazine

 "Passing Through"


in collaboration with My Dear Fagot

Opening 21 June 2018


crazinisT artisT in Conversation with

Ric Bower Editor-in-Chief CCQ Magazine, 5:00 pm

Opening reception and party, 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm


For his 2018 show at Gallery 1957, Passing Through – Acts of Radical Empathy, Ghanaian-Togolese performance artist Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, also known as crazinisT artisT, engages in a series of visual and performative transitions that form a sequel to his 2017 presentation Rituals of Becoming. These transitions offer a window into his durational performance where for the past five years he has been dressing and presenting himself as a woman on a daily basis.


Exhibition continues until 8 July 2018

Click here for press release.

About crazinisT artisT

crazinisT artisT studio
Oduom 10A/G
Department of Painting and Sculpture
Faculty of Art
PMB, Kumasi, Ghana

Gallery 1957 
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City
PMB 66 - Ministries
Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue
Ridge - Accra, Ghana
+233 5 4531 1683



dZikudZikui-aBiku-aBiikus is the third edition of my good Friday interventions and performance series. It calls for people of all [forms] and [powers] to reflect on their contribution, action and inaction in/to human violence, discrimination, hate, prejudice, our vulnerabilities and mortality. 
It also sparks the crucifix as a starting point to question the failure and irresponsibility of Christianity in and outside Africa and its contradictory participation in such inhuman acts and human right violations.
The title being borrowed from the Ewe and Yoruba beliefs, suggests a metaphorical relationship between the 'Homo sacer', the vulnerable individuals who seem to be owned by death as the 'abiku' (Yoruba) or the 'dzikudzikui' (Ewe) who will never survive, and the neo-supremacists or purists of our multi-generational society.




CHALE WOTE Brief Description

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, design, dance and performance out into the streets. The community-based festival takes place in James Town - one of Accra’s most historic communities and targets exchanges between Ghana-based and international artists creating and appreciating art together.

Over the last eight years, CHALE WOTE has transformed the city of Accra into the most active cultural hub in West Africa. The festival has inspired possibilities in public space design through community supported cultural production


The 2018 Festival Abstract

Para-Other represents our evolution beyond the dialectic of belonging and non-belonging. It is a rejection of citizenship that has no place for the advancement of radical imagination, new perspectives of the self and human agency. Para-Other is a transatlantic shortwave that transcends language and geography, but is also represented in relationship to unique locals.  It is a philosophy born out of historically determined necessity to flourish beyond a world of alienation and crisis we currently experience as reality. Para-Other requires  new knowledge fractals, codes, symbols, and sounds that transmit our core creative intent where imperial languages fail us. This order is an embracing of a black labyrinth and establishment of an aesthetic that captures our cessation of flight and transit into a non-contested existence.



The Call for Artists is extended to visual and installation artists, interventionists, musicians, makers, photographers,performance artists, filmmakers, thespians, poets, architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, scholars and more. We are also accepting proposals for knowledge sharing sessions, panels and film screenings for The LABS @ CHALE WOTE (August 23 + 24). Participating artists must be available the week of the festival, August 20 - 26 2018, to meet one another, share and exchange (in several planned activities) as well as to work on production needs for the festival. Please note that we will accept existing and new works that are in dialogue with this year’s theme. We encourage applications particularly in digital art, comics, video art, graffiti art, and interventions.


International Artists: This is an independent, community-based festival and our support for participation is limited. Therefore, international artists are encouraged to seek private and public sources to fund their participation (travel, lodging, food, transportation and production costs).


Ghana-based Artists: This is an independent, community-based festival and our support for Ghana-based artists is limited. We are only able to provide a production stipend to a selected number of artists who will present works at the festival. All other artists are encouraged to seek external means of support for the production of the works at CHALE WOTE 2018.



For the LABS @ CHALE WOTE (August 23 + 24), applicants should submit: CVs, 1-2 page proposal of project and one (1) sample of work per person. Filmmakers and Video artists must submit completed short or feature length films/videos for review. Applicants interested in participating on August 23 + 24 should submit an artist resume (bio, artist statement, and CV), 1-2 page proposal of project, and five (5) samples of work. Images must be in jpg or png form. Films or videos should be submitted via link or WeTransfer. Audio files should be formatted and sent as MP3. All applications should be submitted in a zip file with the applicant's name and subject line: CHALE WOTE 2018 Application to


Note that applications that do not adhere to the above criteria will be considered ineligible. Artists shortlisted to participate are reminded to submit works they own. Plagiarized works will not be accepted .


Deadline: May 5, 2018 Final selections will be communicated to all applicants within the month of May