I am still trying to figure out this art work.. in James town , Accra

March 15th, 2014, 4pm

It is not a pretty photo , I know. I don’t like the light composition in this photo myself.

But let’s look at this art work. Accra, or even more general, Ghana is not a place where you chance upon street art. Except on special occasion as the Chalewote festival, where all sorts of art forms come together on the street to perform in Jamestown.

This painting caught my attention, when I saw it. I wondered what the artist was trying to achieve . My companion suggested it is a spontaneous burst of thought flow. But taking a 10th look at it, I can see a Ghana flag… I can see a an inscription at the top saying , To the World.

When I look at it long enough I sense the sea, sails…. I am still trying to figure out the whole piece… I think it is an interesting art work….

Jamestown is a fishing community. It’s tough place, most Ghanaian boxers come from this area. But seeing this piece, I realise toughness does not bring out toughness, sometimes it brings out the tenderness needed for art.

Chale Wote means Friend let’s go. It’s also a name for flip flops in Ghana, because they are so easy to wear and walk around with.
Chale is also a friendly way of referring to anyone in Ghana.

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Samuel Alomenu

I write. I sketch. I mull over things and I think about alternatives. http://incitedrafts.wordpress.com @sammidelali

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