We have the pleasure of inviting you to an exhibition within the ŻUBROFFKA festival:
Movie Posters from Ghana
exhibition opening and Dawid Gryza’s lecture: December 6th, 2017, 7 PM
Fama Club, 5 Legionowa Street
Severed limbs and heads, laser vision, and snakes, loads of snakes. The more the better, because in the case of movie posters from Ghana there is no such concept as exaggeration. Years ago they were tempting the inhabitants of the villages to take part in screenings at travelling cinemas, now they decorate the walls of art galleries around the world.
When at the turn of the 80s and 90s some local painters of advertising signs were offered the option of preparing film posters, announcing the upcoming video club screening, they would not believe that after 20 years their posters would be exhibited in art galleries around the world. They couldn’t imagine that collectors would pay as much as 1000 dollars for their works, painted at a rapid pace. Film posters in Ghana were made on empty fifty-kilo flour bags – the only available canvas, and the artists were inspired by the artwork of video cassettes and God himself. They were given the gift from God and now were not afraid to use it. Surprisingly, God also served the military dictatorship which forbade the import of large printing presses into the country. Signed by a graphic workshop and a travelling video club, large-format film posters set off on tour around Ghanaian villages, where exposed to the sun, rain, wind and sand, pleased the eye of local people and invited them for the night screenings.
Dawid Gryza – keen movie director, promoter of weird films, blogger. He co-created Pecador and “I Love Weird Films” Film Festival. He loves boxing, Prince, and movie posters, especially, from Ghana. He works at kindergarten for a living.