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Carlos Idun-Tawiah - Sunday Special

Exhibition from July 5 to September 23, 2023

I photographed this series as a requiem of my memories. This is the second part of a seven-part series I am currently photographing. I was inspired by a close study of the family album and by my recollection growing up in a Christian and Ghanaian family. I tried to highlight the ethos of Sundays from a much more vernacular perspective. I played with visual nostalgia, juxtapositions, color and gesture to fully extract the roundedness of the traditions of what Sundays typically felt like in Ghana. Also being conscious of blurring the lines between sanctity and our humanity, and underscoring the idea of how community and divinity could exist in one place. My joy is to have everyone who sees this go back in time one way or the other; to incite that delight that can only be found when we look back; to provoke the sweet joys of what our memories could best serve us.

This work was selected as a winning series for OpenWalls Arles vol.4, a collaboration between the British Journal of Photography and Galerie Huit Arles.

About the Artist

Carlos Idun-Tawiah (b. 1997) is a Ghanaian photographer and filmmaker based in Accra, Ghana. Inspired by Africa’s rich photographic archives, Carlos seeks to remark and reimagine the ever-changing landscapes of Black life. His photographs are mostly characterised with subject matters around the vernacular, community, love and hope.

 

Through his fictionalised photographic stories, Idun-Tawiah is committed to carefully accenting Black beauty and depth, by telling the African story with as much clarity as grace.

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