Emmanuel Kwaku Yaro
Emmanuel Kwaku Yaro (Ghanaian, b. 1995) is a contemporary artist who resides in Labadi, Accra. He has been a practicing artist for over six years and has a number of group exhibitions to his name, including the Birds of a Feather exhibition presented by Phillips and Artematis. He has worked with notable institutions including Alliance Française d’Accra. Yaro had a solo exhibition in the African Regent Hotel in Accra which also resulted in growth in the interest in his works, both locally and internationally. Inspired by a range of artists like Georges Seurat, Marie Guillemine Benoist and Sami Bentil, Yaro‘s research and development practices go beyond the limitation of his five senses, and his works are a testament to his passion for detail. “La Dade Kotopon'', Yaro’s current body of work, explores the fashion culture of the people of Labadi, a peri-urban town located along the coast of the Atlantic. Yaro has spent his whole life in ‘’La’’. The emotions the people in the town carry in everything they do serves as an inspiration to him everyday, from the fishermen to the little children playing football after school. He is directly inspired by the way they dress, with how both the young and old are reinventing Ghanaian traditions with their fashion sense, merging orthodox clothing styles with foreign-influenced styles to create a culture of liberation and heart. Materials used in these clothes are mostly from recycled plastic waste from the beaches, discarded material from production factories and used clothes imported from other countries. He sees beauty in the people’s display of colour and rich texture through fashion, and this translates in his art works. Yaro homogenizes a variety of media using pointillism as his main technique. He is a mix media artist who applies shades of green on canvas, jute sacs and “Ghana Must Go” bags (made of woven recycled plastic). He chooses to use green in this body of work to represent growth, stability and fertility among his people. As a believer of the green culture, Yaro often visits beaches, collecting waste material and recycling them for his works, preserving his beautiful town in his own little way.
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