Philip Kwame Apagya
©Philip Kwame Apagya

©Philip Kwame Apagya

Sekondi, Ghana, 1958. He learned his trade from his father, who was a press reporter, and worked as a street photographer in the Ivory Coast at the end of the eighties.

His portraits are part fantasy, offering the photographed people a glorious moment when they can own what normally is inaccessible to them: televisions in cabinets, modern kitchens with well-stocked fridges… Typologies that may seem humorous, but are involuntarily disquieting due to their shrewd, underlying meaning, which highlights the desire for a Western lifestyle and the increasing cultural vacuum at the heart of this trivial and materialistic dream.

Kwame Apagya has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions, amongst which the ones at the Stadt Museum of Munich, the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum stand out.

 

©Philip Kwame Apagya

©Philip Kwame Apagya