Jamestown was founded in the 17th century and is one of the oldest districts of the city of Accra.
In this immense space bordering the sea, a vast community of fishermen live and work, fishing being their main source of survival.
The place, built from a cluster of hundreds of informal slum-like habituations, is another microcosm of life where one is only able to enter with the right people. Jamestown is in the process of being reconverted, and local authorities have begun to move housing to other places, generating some tension and dissatisfaction.
The selected images focus on the activity of these fishermen during the low season, an important pause in time to take care of the necessary tools for work.
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.