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images by Philip Kwame Apagaya (Ghana) on quai Perdonnet, No Place Like Home. Texts below from the official website images.ch

 

Philip Kwame Apagya propose des fonds peints originaux permettant de se faire photographier dans un décor idéalisé. Ces toiles aux couleurs vives, d’une naïveté affichée, donnent à voir des intérieurs richement meublés, des avions sur un tarmac ou les jardins de luxueuses villas. Elles permettent au sujet de faire partie intégrante de l’illusion le temps de la séance photo. La série No Place Like Home exprime ainsi, non sans ironie, le désir d’accès des populations d’Afrique de l’Ouest à un mode de vie occidental basé sur la surconsommation de biens matériels.

 

Philip Kwame Apagya captures his subjects in front of original painted backgrounds so that they may be photographed in their ideal setting. These canvasses painted in rich colours with unashamed naivety, illustrate stylishly furnished interiors, aeroplanes on the tarmac, or gardens containing luxurious villas. The paintings allow the subject to be part of this illusion just during the time it takes to complete the photoshoot. The exhibition, whose title No Place Like Home is not without irony, expresses a desire by West Africans to gain access to a Western lifestyle, based on the overconsumption of material goods.

 

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Taken on September 5, 2012