In preparation of the exhibition...




MUSEUM FÜNF KONTINENTE


Maximilianstraße 42 I 80538 MÜNCHEN

Opening hours: Tue–Sun, 9.30 am–5.30 pm

U4, U5 Lehel
S-Bahn Isartor
Tram 16 & 19 Maxmonument

further information: http://www.museum-fuenf-kontinente.de/


...an UPDATE on site

Text: Anja Pinter-Rawe

An important milestone has been reached: at the end of July this year the law against the persecution of witches has been passed by the Ghanaian parliament. The task now is to communicate and implement the law.

Ann-Christine Woehrl travelled to Ghana in October 2023 to get an up-to-date picture of the situation and to meet the women from her Witches in Exile portrait series.

In the capital Accra, she meets experts on the subject of witch-hunts, conducts numerous interviews and researches the press archives with the support of Ghanaian historian Gertrude Nkrumah.

From Accra, the journey then takes her to the Northern Region.

This is where the so-called witch camps are located This is where Ann-Christine Woehrl reunites with the women she portrayed for Witches in Exile between 2009 and 2013.



She is no longer the stranger she was back then, carrying a camera and asking questions.
Today she is a confidante who comes back to listen to these women as they share their experiences with her.

In cooperation with Simon Ngota, the founder of the Ghanaian NGOWitch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project, Ann-Christine Woehrl started the Witches in Exileproject and has been drawing attention to the problem of witch-hunting in Ghana for over 10 years now with a large number of exhibitions and the publication of the photo book Witches in Exile.

The artist has made raising awareness of the stigmatisation of women worldwide, her personal concern. She tells the stories of the women and tries to generate support for the women with her work.

In the Northern Region, things have changed for some women. Thanks to the efforts of the NGO, some have been reintegrated into their communities. Safuna and her son no longer live in the so-called witch camp, but now live with her family.


While the political course is being reset in the capital Accra on the issue of witch-hunting, Banabas Dalabra is pushing ahead with Simon Ngota's work on the ground.

Under the new name Outcast Support Project, the NGO continues to campaign against witch hunts through education and persuasion and is helping to ensure that the new law does not remain a hollow phrase.

The current debate on this topic in Ghana is the reason for the exhibition at the Museum Fünf Kontinente


In this exhibition, Ann-Christine Woehrl complements her artistic position with current documentation of the situation in Ghana - in words, photographs and film.

Senam Okudzeto illustrates the socio-political context of the topic in her multimedia installation.








Unser Buch WITCHES IN EXILE ist auf der SHORTLIST bei den
Eiger Foundation African Photobook of the Year Awards.

Das Leipzig Photobook Festival zeigt alle 17 Bücher, die aus über 4000 Einreichungen als die besten Fotobücher des Jahres ausgesucht wurden.

Vom 29.-30.04.2023 im GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst,
Johannisplatz 5–11, 04103 Leipzig.

Programmflyer zum Download.








Ann-Christine Woehrl: Witches in Exile


Ausstellung im Rahmen des Freiburger Filmforums im Centre Culturel Français Freiburg

Vernissage: Donnerstag 20. April 2023, 19:00 Uhr
Begrüßung: Florence Dancoisne, CCF und Werner Kobe, Filmforum
Einführung: Ann-Christine Woehrl

Ausstellungsführung für Schulklassen mit Ann-Christine Woehrl: Freitag 21. April, 11:00 Uhr



Unser Buch WITCHES IN EXILE auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse, Halle 4.0, Stand F20.

Wanderausstellung 21I22: Der Deutsche Fotobuchpreis zeigt auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse die Preisträger des Wettbewerbs.

WITCHES IN EXILE hat es beim Wettbewerb Deutscher Fotobuchpreis auf die SHORTLIST geschafft.

SILBER in der Kategorie konzeptionell-künstlerischer Fotobildband.





Booksigning


Friday, July 8, 3 pm
Fondation Manuel-Rivera-Ortiz,
18 rue de la Calade, 13200 Arles, France

at KEHRER Publishing



Witches in Exile & Darklight

Fotografien von Ann-Christine Woehrl

14. Juni - 14. Juli 2022
Vernissage 14. Juli ab 18 Uhr

PRAXIS
Cyril Kazis
Bäumleingasse 9
CH-4051 Basel
art@praxisart.org
+41 79 320 60 23
www.praxisart.org

Öffnungszeiten:
Während der Photo Basel & Art Basel Messe
14. Juni -19. Juni 2022:  17.00 Uhr - 20.00 Uhr und tagsüber
nach Absprache.


20. Juni - 14. Juli 2022  
Die Ausstellung kann täglich nach Absprache besichtigt werden.
PRAXIS  I  Cyril Kazis I +41 79 320 60 23  I  art@praxisart.org
Ann-Christine Woehrl  I acw@ann-christine-woehrl.com

BUCHPRÄSENTATION
Samstag den 18. Juni 2022 um 18 Uhr I  PRAXIS

ARTIST TALK
Freitag den 1. Juli 2022 um 18 Uhr I  PRAXIS

Das Buch Witches in Exile ist  in der Galerie PRAXIS und auf der Photo Basel am Stand der ARTCO Gallery erhältlich.





Hexenglaube - Witches in Exile & Daughters of Magic

Fotografien von Ann-Christine Woehrl und Johanna Maria Fritz








Präsentiert von ARTCO und LEPI Art

vom 10.September bis zum 10. Dezember 2021
im
LEPI Studio in den Spreestudios
Galerie und Showroom
Köpenicker Chaussee 4
10317 Berlin

Öffnungszeiten
Die Ausstellung kann täglich nach Absprache besichtigt werden

Termine*
BOOKSIGNING PARIS PHOTO
Ann-Christine Woehrl
Samstag, 13. November 2021
16 Uhr
Stand SE 16, Kehrer Verlag
Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephemere, Avenue Pierre Loti, F-75007 Paris

ARTIST TALK
Der Experte und Kurator Hans-Michael Koetzle
im Gespräch mit den Fotografinnen.
Samstag, 30. Oktober 2021
im LEPI Studio

Kontakt
ARTCO I  Simon Melchers I  simon@artco-ac.de
LEPI Art I Anja Pinter-Rawe I anja@witches-in-exile.art

* Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Corona Schutzmaßnahmen und die 3-G-Regel.

BOOK




It is the melancholy in the faces that touches you.

It is the story of women who, stigmatized as witches, narrowly escaped death. To this day, women all over the world are victims of violence based on the belief in witchcraft; in Africa alone, there are thousands. In the north of Ghana, in Gambaga and Gushiegu, Ann­Christine Woehrl met women, who suffered this fate. Abandoned by their families and forced to leave their vil­lages, they found refuge in so­called witch­camps. With her conceptual series of portraits against a black background, the photographer sensitively depicts who these women are – in all their dignity and with all their pride.

5% of the book proceeds and 10% of the proceeds from the special edition and the art works will be used to support the Ghanaian aid project Witch­hunt Victims Empowerment Project (WHVEP), which creates and raises awareness for such places of refuge. We gratefully arrange donations (donation receipt).

WITCHES IN EXILE
Editor:
Anja Pinter-Rawe
Photographer:
Ann-Christine Woehrl
Texts:
Anja Pinter-Rawe, Maakor Quarmyne
Interview:
Brigitte Woischnik with
Rania Odaymat, Ann-Christine Woehrl
Design:
Detlev Pusch

Hardcover
color illustrations
24 x 32 cm // 104 pages
English // German
Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg
ISBN 978-3-96900-053-3

publication date: August 2021

For shipping outside the European Union,
please contact us via email.

PROJECT




Witches In Exile is a long-term project. 

In August 2021, a monograph will be published that will present a comprehensive selection of the portrait series in an overall view for the first time.

The portraits were taken in 2009 and 2013 in northern Ghana in Gambaga and Gushiegu, in so-called witch villages.

The portraits of women stigmatized as witches in Ghana are works of art that get under the skin. They have the power to attract our attention and thereby draw attention to a grievance.

The accusation of being a witch means a hard lot for thousands of women in West Africa - often it is a death sentence. In West Africa - as in several other parts of the world (e.g. India, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala) - alleged witches are brutally persecuted still today. In addition to the belief in witches and fear, envy and jealousy are often the triggers of a witch hunt, which is often fatal. The women are branded guiltless and have to fear for their lives. No one knows how many women are poisoned, strangled, drowned or burned. Women who escape the attacks can find refuge in the witch villages. There are a total of seven such villages in Ghana. These help the women to survive, but their real life, their family, their children are denied them - there remains the stigma of being a witch and a hard struggle for survival on the fringes of society.

5% from the book proceeds and 10% from the proceeds of the art edition and the artwork will support the Ghanaian aid project Witch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project (WHVEP), which creates and educates such places of refuge. We gratefully arrange donations (donation receipt).

ART EDITION



The art edition is available at a price of: Euro 1.050,- incl. 19% VAT.
10% of the proceeds of the art edition will be used to support the Ghanaian aid project Witch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project.

The art edition can be ordered by e-mail.

PRINT


Giclée Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle 305g Fine Art Papier
Edition: 12 + 2 AP / Sheet: 32 cm x 47 cm
Motif: 30 cm x 45 cm
Individual choice of motif from the entire portrait series. The photographs are signed and numbered on the reverse. The prints are produced by d´mage in berlin.

File with all works on request.

MONOGRAPH


WITCHES IN EXILE 
Ann-Christine Woehrl
Editor: Anja Pinter-Rawe
Texts:  Anja Pinter-Rawe, Maakor Quarmyne, Rania Odaymat, Ann-Christine Woehrl and Brigitte Woischnik
Design: Detlev Pusch
Hardcover 24 cm x 32 cm, 104 pages,
70 color illustrations
German//English

Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg
ISBN 978-3-96900-053-3
publication date: August 2021

BAG


The bag was designed by Jerome Kossi Djossou together with Rahmée Wetterich from the fashion label Noh Nee from traditional African waxprint fabrics especially for the art edition of WITCHES IN EXILE.



ARTWORKS




All illustrations in the book are also available as fine art print, the edition includes 3 regular formats and 1 special format.

Giclée Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle 305 g Fine Art Paper
On request, the photographs are available mounted (3mm Dibond) and framed.

EDITION

Format: 40 cm x 60 cm
Format: 60 cm x 90 cm
Format: 80 cm x 120 cm

Edition: 12 + 2 AP
Edition: 8 + 2 AP
Edition: 5 + 2 AP

ART EDITION

Format: 30 cm x 45 cm
Edition: 12 + 2 AP