Labi Kwame Amoah


Dr. Kwame Amoah Labi is a Senior Research Fellow in African Art history, Head of the Media and Visual Arts Section and Curator of the Institute of African Studies Museum. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art) degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, specialising in painting, a Master of Philosophy in African Studies with interest in religion and art and a number of certificates in museum management including in the following, Conservation Collection Management, ICCROM, Rome, Conservation Management, ICCROM, Rome, Criterion Referenced Instruction “ CRI, Analysis, Design & Implementation, ICCROM, Rome, Pest Control Technology, Purdue University, a Diploma in Conservation Management of Museums of sub-Saharan Africa, University of London, and a Ph.D. in African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. In 2001/2002 academic year Dr Labi received a Fulbright Junior Staff Development Programme at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr Labi's research interests in general are in the historical development, changes and continuity in African art. In the last ten years, he has developed keen interest in Fante asafo art and Akan art, and has published extensively on these subjects. He is currently working on other themes such as return of cultural heritage, digitization of Ghanaian heritage and contemporary Ghanaian art including a comparative one with Nairobi and other related themes on the sales, valuation and negotiation of meaning in Ghanaian art and crafts. He has also worked extensively on the documentation and preservation of Asante heritage, Akan gold weights, and funerals and burial ceremonies of a prominent Ghanaian chiefs including the late Otumfuo Opoku Ware II and Oyeeman Wereko Ampem, late Chancellor of the University of Ghana.
Dr Labi teaches two post-graduate courses in African art history namely; "A Survey of African Art" and "Methodologies for Constructing Art History in African Societies." The Survey of African Art course is designed as a historical exploration of related art traditions on the continent from historic, geographic and thematic perspectives. He also teaches an under-graduate course titled "African and the Diaspora" to Level 200 students examining all the forms of cultural elements the Africans took to the Diaspora and its changes, continuity, syncretisation and influences on other cultures. In the 2011/12 academic year he is expected to introduce a new African art history course titled "African Art, Its Philosophy and Criticism" to the University's undergraduate African Studies courses. He also teaches aspects of heritage management to English speaking African Museum professionals in Mombasa.
Dr Labi serves on various Institute Committees and University Boards making various contributions to academic life in the University and serve on the Board of the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), Mombasa, an active member of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) and is the chairman of the Scientific Committee of AFRICOM, responsible for organizing the 3rd Conference and General Assembly in Burkina Faso in 2010.


Dr. Labi received US$15,000 funding from the West African Museums Programme (WAMP) in 1998 to mount a community exhibition in Sekondi-Takoradi, US$32,650.00 from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to document and digitize the Institute's collection and mount an exhibition on Akan gold weights titled "Kuduo: The Akan Art of Brass Casting," and GH¢80,000.00 research grant from the University Research and Conferences fund to conduct research into the burial ceremonies of the later Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Nana Wereko Ampem II.



Some of the consultancies Dr. Labi have been engaged in are for PREMA in assessing the state of conservation in Africa, training of museum professionals, reviewing course contents and a World Bank-Asanteman Council assignment in the identification of Asante heritage.

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