Akuapem is a special place situated in southern Ghana. Every year in September the traditional Odwira Festival is celebrated there, integrating multiple cultural, religious and traditional activities. Among them is Boxing.
This project includes two sets of images of various fightings taking place in that occasion in a crowded public square.
The first, consists of images that have been recycled and transformed into an abstract narrative that shows the movements and dynamics of the fighting.
The second set, which is the center of this piece of work, perceptibly illustrates some details and the people who watched and vibrated with the successive fighting.
AUTHOR: João Miguel Barros MACAO
I was born in 1958, in Lisbon, Portugal
I am a lawyer by profession, in Lisbon and Macau. I was co-director of the SEMA culture and visual arts magazine (1972-1982). I recently began to exhibit my work.
Currently I have a photography exhibition in the Portuguese Contemporary Art Museum Berardo, Lisbon, called Photo-Scripts. (http://en.museuberardo.pt/exhibitions/photo-scripts-joao-miguel-barros)
I published two photobooks: “Between Gaze and Hallucination” in 2017 and “Photo-Scripts” in 2018.
I'm also a freelance curator in the area of contemporary photography. In recent years, I had studied the main contemporary Chinese and Japanese artists and I did the curatorship of two exhibitions in Lisbon of two important Chinese artists.