Photography by MANTSE ARYEEQUAYE | KOFI ANTI AND KOBE SUBRAMANIAM
CHALE WOTE 2014 opened with an exhilarating flash of sights, sounds and energetic inventions by Ghanaian and international artists in James Town. Over 200 artists transformed old British Accra into a live museum with a long trace of multi-disciplinary art. Over two days, the streets of James Town were filled with fashion and art. Local and international designers were there to showcase and sell their amazing designs to the world.
Loads of patrons were happy with the expanded vending option this year and paid it forward by purchasing souvenirs at CHALE WOTE 2014.
In Exit Frame’s procession [above featuring Bernard Akoi-Jackson as well as ato annan, Kelvin Haizel, Adwoa Amoah and Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh], the aesthetic and technique of the project borrows largely from the contemporary urban spatial phenomenon of the “pop-up market stall/shop/selling space” that hawkers and street sellers use in Accra. The space of the street, therefore, becomes an activated interstices between places: curbs, street pavements, pedestrian zones, public parks, small shops, vending kiosks, hair salons, barber shops, taxis cabs and public transport.”
Fantasy Coffins by the the legendary coffin maker, Paa Joe, were displayed in vivid style. They were carried shoulder high in a procession along the entire route, stretching from Mantse Agbona to the Old Kingsway Building.
Stay tuned to the blog for more photo insights into CHALE WOTE 2014.