In line with the celebration of Ghana's 60th year of independence, ANO, an art institution based in Accra will be opening its permanent space on March 4 to highlight the country's arts scene. The venue, located in the Osu neighborhood of the city, will be a host of art exhibitions, film screenings, seminars, and workshops and a library.

Founded by Ghanaian art historian, writer, and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, ANO, the name of the art space, "means an 'old woman," the first human being and origin of all things. The center will hold its first exhibition, entitled as "Accra: Portraits of a City," which features six artists of the country that will depict the city in various mediums like drawings, photography, sculpture, research, and film.

Oforiatta-Ayim told The Guardian: "The exhibition is going to help us look at who we are in this city, in this country, at this point. Our generation is out of the post-colonial phase, and we're now reacting to the colonial."

She continued to say that she loves the idea of a cultural or social revolution where writers and artists can come together and create ideas and opportunities. Meanwhile, Ghana has not formed any arts council as of yet and only adapts public spaces as their outlet for the arts.

With the new arts center, it would see to the flourishing art scene not only the city but of the whole country as well. For the exhibition, the curators would like the public to see the history of art in their country starting from the display of photos from Deo Gratias, the oldest photography studio in Accra, and Felicia Abban, Ghana's earliest female photographer.

Latifah Idriss and Mae Ling Lokko will also showcase the city and its architecture. The exhibition will be made available to the public two days from now up to April 1, from Tuesdays to Saturdays.