Four Ghanaian student
entrepreneurs have mounted an arts exhibition depicting the beauty of creative
expression at the Accra Trade Fair to commemorate “The Year of Return”.
Dubbed ‘Some Levels of Loose’
(SLOL) Coterie, the exhibition is a Christian concept for soul-saving through
arts, even though it cuts across different faiths with uplifting messages.
The four are Kaku Tumi, a
third-year Psychology student of Ryerson University, Canada; Emmanuel
Anie-Akwetey, a third-year Politics and International Relations student of the
University of Manchester, England; Emmanuel Noi Omaboe II, a third-year
Economics student at Wheaton College, US, and Wilfred Arthur, a final-year
student in Economics and Finance at the University of Reading, UK, are co-founders
and Creative Directors of SLOL Coterie.
SLOS has presence in Ghana, USA,
Australia, Scotland, England and Canada.
The firm publicises and markets
scores of dynamic arts which blend advanced techniques and modern technology
from its current membership of 15 young talented students across the globe aged
between 20 and 25.
The event featured different
illusions gallery, blended with aesthetic collectibles, paintings, photography,
graffiti, fashion pop-ups and a mix of different novel entertaining activities.
Imaginary creations which
connect to the spiritual and emotional being featured in the themes that run
through all the artwork.
Featuring prominently was the
Chain Room, comprising metaphorical hanging chains draped in red (blood) and
white paint. This depicts a break from the shackles of bondage, limitation and
oppression of Ghanaians.
SLOL Coterie collaborated with
various partners including August by OBF, Ashanti Swimwear and Chester’s Bar.
“It was about helping people
with issues such as depression and building a clear source of an idea about how
you can develop and elevate yourself through arts, music and creative themes,”
He believes government should
“invest, advertise and promote local artists and their works in Ghana and
across the globe”.
For his part, Mr Tumi stated
that: “In Ghana, there are inadequate avenues for expression” hence the
establishment of SLOL Coterie project.
“I feel we don’t value arts as
much as we should but that is what we are trying to change,” he revealed
heartily as one of the main goals for the project.
Additionally, he is advocating
funding, provision of multiple spaces to properly showcase Ghanaian artwork and
collaboration between industry players to uplift the sector to standards
witnessed in other parts of the world.
Mr Omaboe appealed to the
authorities to support young artistes to put Ghana in the global limelight.
One of the few charismatic young
female exhibitors, Esperanza Don-Obilor, a second-year student studying
Pharmacy at the Robert-Gordon University, Scotland, submitted a collection of
photo artworks from a budding alternative career in photography.
Mr Delali Cofie, a Digital Media
student from York University, Canada, was one of the people also showcased his
works of art.
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