How are we looking at our pasts to better understand our present moment to influence our futures? In a not-so-abstract way, we see our heritage as a key to unlocking a more informed future. This way, we activate our heritage as a pathway to new perspectives of self and form vital solutions to unlearning false narratives of who we are.

By tapping into our heritage, we are collectively offering ourselves an opportunity to redirect our gaze to look within and build new pools of knowledge curated by us through us.

This knowledge bears witness to stories that came before and continues to live through us. In this present intersection of mixed realities, We Are Still Here reflects on what it means to be custodians of heritage. What kind of world emerges when people tap into a new era of creation outside of “validated systems?”

We Are Still Here provides cues and tools for self-excavation already embedded within different communities across the globe – Tools that turn us into anthropological archeologists who need not go far to excavate the value stored within. It’s an acknowledgment that our bodies of knowledge serve as sites of memory that hold heritage.
Nana Nyahan Tachie-Menson is a multi-faceted artist that explores existential crises, fantasy and dreams through play,  utilizing sculpture and spatial interventions. She explores but is not limited to, video, sound, animation, photography, painting and ceramics.

“You Were a Ball of Growing Tissue” is an installation consisting of six hanging structures made out of wood, acrylic, birthday cake icing, metformin, glitter, resin, foam and wood. It depicts an embryo in its pod surrounded by fleshy insides, a-mist a constellation of wooden carved sculptures.

The piece is a part of the artists larger body of experiments titled “Existential Bodies”. The experiment focuses on creating experiential pieces that portray visual experiences to trigger existential crises. These experiences can cause us to be aware of the past, present and future of our bodies.

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