Ghanaian "Fantasy Coffins"

Ghanaian "Fantasy Coffins" of Kane Kwei Workshop

September 16-22 | Times to be Announced

Appalachian Center for Craft & Bryan Fine Arts Building

Ghanaian artists, Erid Adjetay Anang and his assistant, Francis Affotey Annan, will be in residence at TTU, during which time they will demonstrate how they build a fantasy coffin. Originally popular among the Ga (people of the region of Accra), the tradition of building fantasy coffins has spread across the region and is now practiced in Ashanti land (the regiong of Kumasi, north of Accra), in Ewé land (the east of the country) and in parts of Togo.

Born in Teshie, on the coast of Ghana, Eric Adjetey Anang began helping his family in the carpentry workshop at the age of eight. He joined the family business, Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop, as an apprentice following high school, and assumed leadership of the shop at twenty. Anang is a third generation coffin-maker and passionately stewards his family’s legacy as he refines and elevates this culturally significant art form.