Author(s): Mandy Elsas Ed.
his 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 popular culture through short biographies of artists, writings by specialists in the field, and a foreword by Ablade Glover, perhaps today’s most preeminent artist. The images are often graphic, supernatural, and violent, the posters powerful, vibrant, humorous, and frightening. Especially of interest are the local takes on well-known Hollywood films.