Tro Tro Afosu

This series of paintings was completed during and after a three year period, between 2006 and 2009, that involved two trips to a small village called Afosu in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The area is known for, among other things, Ju Ju witchcraft, one of the oldest forms of voodoo, and an illegal and dangerous method of gold and diamond mining called Galamsey.

With these Images my aim was to create a sense of this environment of fortune and misfortune, and the danger and superstition that surrounds it.

This project was featured in Vice Magazine's web issue July 2012.

http://www.vice.com/read/the-ju-ju-magic-of-the-miners-of-afosu

 

Please visit the Ghana project page for photos.

- Gather and Sell. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 26"x36"

- Drums and Bells. 2009. Oil and Mixed Media on Paper. 32"x24"

- Chiefs. 2009. Oil and Mixed Media on Paper. 32"x24"

- Ju Ju Man. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 36"x42"

- The Spiritual and The Exorcised. 2009. Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas. 24"x32"

- Goat Thief. 2009 Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 42"x36"

- Taboo Day for the Galamsey. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 52"x36"

- Masks From God's Time is the Best. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 26"x36"

-Tro Tro Afosu. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 52"x36"

-Michael Malaria, River Blind Billy, and Kwadwo Monday Moses. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 42"x36"

- Bag Madness. 2009. Oil and Mixed Media on Paper. 24"x32"

- Malaria Transmissions Local. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 26"x36"

- Malaria Transmissions Foreign. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 26"x36"

- Whole Side of the Hill. 2009. Oil and Mixed Media on Paper. 32"x24"

- Mercury. 2009. Oil and Pastel on Canvas. 26"x36"