- by The Violet Club
This large book features an astonishing selection of Ghanaian hand-painted film posters from the collection of Mandy Elsas, a Dutch merchant dedicated to seeking out and preserving this disappearing facet of Ghana’s art historical heritage. With reproductions of almost 200 posters, it also provides an in-depth look at everyday culture through short biographies of artists, writings by specialists in the field, and a foreword by Ablade Glover, perhaps today’s most preeminent Ghanaian artist. The images are often graphic, supernatural, and violent, the posters powerful, vibrant, humorous, and frightening. Especially of interest are the local takes on Nigerian and Ghanaian films, which are sometimes interpreted up to six different versions of one film.