African Alltag Stills

Artist Blog by Diana Akoto-Yip

As I mentioned in my artist feature´s text, I am going to tell you more about the other works in my „take a pic“-cycle, starting today with these photographs currently on display at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (till July 22nd). The annual exhibition is one of the highlights of academy life, and the available space is sufficient to show a selection of my „African Alltag Stills“ in the particular format I wanted to try out. As you can see above, the pictures are all round and of different sizes. They´re also printed on wood, which was a bit of a challenge, but came out nicely.

I chose wood because it best reflects the analogue character of life in Ghana, where everything appears a bit more organic than our thoroughly designed environment in European cities. Because of the uneven and absorbent wooden surface, the large panoramic pictures almost seem like paintings. I like this somewhat blurring effect on the panoramic pictures in contrast to the very sharp closeups, because it supports my concept of changing perspectives. The same applies to the unusual round shape, which is also reminiscent of my video installation „take a pic“, which I am going to tell you more about in my next post.

In every post this week, I will point to a work or an artist that I like or that provided some form of inspiration: Today, I cannot provide a weblink, as the work is currently presented at the Munich Academy of Arts, room A.02_63. It is called „Tales of tomorrow“ and is by Katharina Knaus, Sebastian Kottmair and Verena Ledig. If you´re in Munich this week and if you have some spare time on your hands, go and see it.

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