Cut off heads, hands, legs. Laser looks and snakes. Lots of snakes. The more the better, because in the case of movie posters from Ghana there is no such thing as exaggeration.
A few years ago they tempted the inhabitants of the surrounding villages to take part in the cinema adventures, 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 – passionate director, animator of strange cinema, blogger. Co-creator of Pecadora and Film Festival I Love Strange Cinema. He loves Prince, boxing and movie posters (he has a special feeling for those from Ghana). He works in kindergarten.