The talks, live art studio, coloring bus, open display sessions to the music by the delectable live band with the production depth of Aye and Leriq.
We relive the most fascinating parts of the 3-day journey.
Patrick Tagre-Turkson on “Transforming Waste to Beauty”
When you see rubber waste what comes to your mind? Does it send a rush of creativity or usefulness or another discarded products!
When Patrick Tagoe-Turkson came across discarded rubber;flip flop he didn’t see waste he had other ideas.
This work of art that stands above 6 feet is one of Patrick’s unusual ideas of art from rubber, washed off the Ghanian shore.
His piece were made from everyday rubber wear which wash up daily along the southern coast of Ghana. He primarily uses discarded rubber wear to create mesmerising compositions which represents a haven for dreams, make believe or escapism.
Through comprehensive patterns of immersive, vibrant and textured creations, he cleverly highlights the tension between the mundane, the poetic and the transformative process of using found materials.
He highlights through his works that arts can serve a vagaries of purpose.
The piece serve as a form of recycling and giving value to worthless object, transforming waste into beauty.
“Using Art As A Cure For Economic Inflation”
The coming era of polythene and paper notes fazed out the coins in most African countries. Today Africa struggles to grapple with the effects of inflation of some of its economies who can’t stabilize it sub-system system thereby making it super system suffer.
A picture speaks a thousand words. Yaw Owusu has decided to use Ghanian currency “Pesewa” to depicts sculptural installations.
Yaw Owusu a Ghanaian artist born in Kumasi in the year 1992 with a degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
His work is built from piece of countless loose change known as “pesewa” coins. His sculptures have incorporated as much as 24,000 coins, his work was an attempt to cure the countries economy’s inflation in 2007.
These copper coins have almost no value in today’s financial climate, enabling the artist to use them as primary material. His work activates urgent questions around economic and political independence in contemporary Ghana. Providing an answer to these questions will unlock solutions as to the way forward.
These installations are an expression of the artist’s reflection on complex processes that demarcate Ghana’s social and political systems.
Like the economic itself, the sculptures seem robust due to their dense facade but are decoratuve display of natural beauty and in constant movement with their surroundings. The coins are acquired from Ghana’s banks which is a negotiation between the artist and the banks.
Proves to us that art is an instrument of change. It reflects society’s present state and the desired state the people long for.
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Credit : Juliet Mba