By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
An exhibition of photographs by Derrick Ofosu Boateng that are inspired by vibrant, vivacious and energetic scenes, is underway at the newly opened Amba Gallery in Accra.
Characterized by the richness and diversity of African culture – his photographs encompass lifestyles and manners while providing fresh impetus to day-to-day activities, which tend to attract and sustain the attention of viewers.
With colourful backgrounds comprising reds, greens, golds, pinks and blues alongside calm seas, Boateng captures Africans with musical instruments, fruits, motor bikes, crash helmets, flowers, babies and television sets, which rebound into images of energy and hues.
While celebrating the black body through his photos, the young photographer aims at reversing stereotypes that define the African continent. Consequently, he effectively captures the beauty of Africa and its people in completely different settings.
Curated by the South African anthropologist Lungi Morrison, Boateng unveils the hidden magnificence, creativity and traditions of Africa through glitzy pictures that transport ordinary people and places into colorized heights and pinnacles.
Designed by Italian / Albanian architect Blerta Copa, Amba is the culmination of a vision to create a distinctively contemporary African gallery experience in contrast to what is a globally heuristic, when people think of an art gallery – ie white-walls and empty spaces.
Consequently, the gallery is designed with an amphitheatrical approach and raw earth finishing. Indeed, the architectural layout embraces both contemporary and vernacular designs, which enable the visitor to be met by an elevated circular podium and bronze pieces.
Planned with the intent to exhibit, promote and educate diverse audiences about the provenance of African art history and design, the gallery will equally represent part of the vast Pan-African art collection of Amadu Baba, a Ghanaian businessman, art collector and founder of Amba Gallery.
Titled “A New Decade”, the exhibition ends on Wednesday June 30, 2021.