Yaa Kankam Nantwi is an International Literary and Visual Studies student at Tufts University but living in Ghana. Although her academic focus is on African and African-American art, her personal exploration has been that of museum structures and how exhibition architecture can resist museums’ colonial and exclusive history. Taking a more ethnographic approach, Yaa’s thesis research has been around the artistic institutions and spaces in Accra and how they frame art. As such, she is a research intern at Ano Foundation to follow the impact of its Kiosk Mobile Museum project. This project involved redesigning kiosks from a culturally recognized structure commonly used for commerce in Ghana, and turning it into a mobile Art space that invites inclusion and participation.
From then, she has been travelling around Ghana with the Ano Foundation team speaking to people about culture and in what structures they encounter it so that the way we display art can reflect these contexts. Along the way, Yaa and the team have visited historic buildings, festivals, conventional gallery and museum spaces as well as community settlements and villages with indigenous architectural forms to gain perspective on how space shapes culture. Yaa is an arts and culture writer for Gal-Dem Zine, staff writer for the Tufts Daily and Tufts Observer and editor in chief of Clapback Zine, an online arts and culture magazine that serves as a platform for prioritizing the voices and narratives of African women between the ages of 14-25.