Godfried Donkor's Story of a London Township at London Space

By Culture24 Staff | 09 February 2009
A picture of a drawing of a hut

Godfried Donkor explores society's relationship with housing in his new show

Exhibition: Story of a London Township, Space, London, until March 14 2009

Bold and clear in its message, Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor’s Financial Times Mud Hut, in response to the widespread 2007 commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, created a temporary structure replete with images of financial indexes.

A picture of a half-finished hut

Mud Hut in progress. Pic: Paulina Wojnar

He’s back with more huts at Space, this time challenging the ideals of communities addressing society’s relationship with rudimentary architectural forms. Thick-set with natural and recycled materials, the cone-shaped Mud Hut uses a cone-shaped grass roof to address the social aspects of living without secure doors or private rooms, positioned in the courtyard where technology college students use to practice building techniques.

A picture of the wooden frame of a hut outside

Pic: Chris Dorley-Brown

Corrugated Steel Hut, inside the gallery, looks both more intimidating and familiar, and Corrugated Cardboard Hut is more of a shelter in the London understanding of the term.

A picture of a skeletal hut under a roof

Pic: Chris Dorley-Brown

Wall paintings add clashes of culture to the contrasting architectural strands of east and west, combining symbols from Ghanaian culture with imagery derived from tourist postcards of London.

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