PRESS STATEMENT -“So Many Petals To Go” Art Exhibition
TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 16, 2023,
Women Museum Arts Ghana:
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“So Many Petals To Go” Art Exhibition of Selected Acrylic Paintings by Victoria Abena Keta.
So Many Petals To Go an exhibition of selected acrylic paintings hosted by the Women Arts Museum Ghana is opening from 17th August to 1st October 2023. The exhibition is exclusively showcasing the works of Victoria Abena Keta in a virtual gallery at the following ulr: https://visit.virtualartgallery.com/keta/
Visitors can access the gallery 24 hours a day, throughout the week for free via our online platform on Instagram or visit the address directly.
The collection of works is highlighting the life of people living with vitiligo. For Victoria, when human life is born, it is like a bud that grows and matures into a beautiful self, it begins to learn the ups and downs of life working out the opportunities for a better self.
Vitiligo is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes patches of skin to lose pigment or colour. This happens when melanocytes, which are skin cells that make pigment, are attacked, and destroyed, causing the skin to turn a milky-white colour, which ironically, most people spent money trying to get, although uniformly. Treatment may improve the appearance of the skin, but it doesn't correct the condition. At that point one must find the beauty inherent and accept what it is.
The works introduces the viewer to the fact that life is inevitable; it flips you around and out; waiting to see what you can do with it. For some the vitiligo appears later in their life, a new life experience triggered by something. For Victoria, If one can do something with it like how the Senegalese Italian young man, Khaby Lame did after his lay off from work during Covid 19, it will be a blessing.
The paintings are also a call to the Ghanaian society to support people with vitiligo. “However, we must allow them to explore, to live their lives and be the best they can. We must allow them to burst the bud, to explore their potential. We must support every vitiligo person knowing that they share the life we are living with us. We must stand by them knowing that creation is diverse, and we all can’t look alike”. The artist admonished.
She explained that people have the condition have not been cursed by God, have done something bad, they are evil or are they not strange people as they are considered.
The works are a celebration of life featuring ordinary people with vitiligo are are just trying to life their lives. The exhibition was made possible through an exhibition grant of $3960 awarded to Victoria Abena Keta from the Women Arts Museum Ghana. The selected works of 14 acrylic paintings are also available for sale. Visitors may place an order and have it delivered to them as soon as possible.