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Research project

NUKU Studio (Ghana)

Research on the dynamics of collaboration among the members of NUKU Studio, how they work on different photography projects, negotiate partnerships with other entities, and/or how they see their work in relation to Ghanaian society and societal problems

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Mark Westmoreland
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NUKU Studio

MSc Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology: Policy-oriented research internship


Sabine Luning and Mark Westmoreland collaborate closely with photographers of NUKU Studio, notably its director Nii Obodai. Their collaborative multimodal project, Broken Ground, focuses on the visualization of landscapes of extraction. NUKU Studio and Sabine Luning are also participants in the NORFACE project that will begin from October 2018 onwards.

We would be very happy to offer a student from the Visual Ethnography specialization an internship at NUKU Studio. The master’s student will do research on and with NUKU Studio as a cultural institution and the larger context of Ghanaian art and photography. The student’s research should help NUKU Studio facilitate the role of photography in Ghanaian society. In particular, NUKU Studio in collaboration with the University of Development Studies (UDS) is developing a photography program to foster career opportunities. In this context, NUKU Studio plans to launch the Tamale Center for Photographic Practice and Research in February 2019. The master student will help NUKU Studio understand the experience of working with universities and how to develop the interface between academics and artists in order to engage with community issues and understand how photography becomes relevant to community development.

In the context of these developments, the research may focus on the dynamics of collaboration among the members of NUKU Studio, how they work on different photography projects, negotiate partnerships with other entities, and/or how they see their work in relation to Ghanaian society and societal problems. The student will film or otherwise document the particular photographic practices of NUKU Studio’s photographers and the launch of the Tamale Center for Photographic Practice and Research. A parallel dimension of this may include the NUKU Studio’s collaboration around the Broken Ground project with Sabine Luning and Mark Westmoreland and the various participating communities.

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