Arts

High Museum’s ‘Gates Of No Return’ Features Craftsman Paa Joe

Christiansborg Castle is one of the architectural models on display in the “Paa Joe: Gates of No Return” exhibit.
Christiansborg Castle is one of the architectural models on display in the “Paa Joe: Gates of No Return” exhibit.
Credit The High Museum of Art

Artist and craftsman Paa Joe has made a name for himself building fantasy coffins in Ghana, fantastical works of art handcrafted in whatever style the buyer wants.

In Atlanta, High Museum’s latest exhibition, “The Gates of No Return,” highlights more somber aspects of his work, wood sculptures modeled after the many slave fortresses that line the coast of Ghana.

Katie Jentleson, curator of folk and self-taught art at the High Museum of Art, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes earlier in the week to talk about the exhibition.

Paa Joe: The Gates of No Return” will be on view at the High through May 31.

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