Four Ghanaian student entrepreneurs have mounted an arts exhibition depicting the beauty of creative expression at the Accra Trade Fair to commemorate “The Year of Return”.
Dubbed ‘Some Levels of Loose’ (SLOL) Coterie, the exhibition is a Christian concept for soul-saving through arts, even though it cuts across different faiths with uplifting messages.
The four are Kaku Tumi, a third-year Psychology student of Ryerson University, Canada; Emmanuel Anie-Akwetey, a third-year Politics and International Relations student of the University of Manchester, England; Emmanuel Noi Omaboe II, a third-year Economics student at Wheaton College, US, and Wilfred Arthur, a final-year student in Economics and Finance at the University of Reading, UK, are co-founders and Creative Directors of SLOL Coterie.
SLOS has presence in Ghana, USA, Australia, Scotland, England and Canada.
The firm publicises and markets scores of dynamic arts which blend advanced techniques and modern technology from its current membership of 15 young talented students across the globe aged between 20 and 25.
The event featured different illusions gallery, blended with aesthetic collectibles, paintings, photography, graffiti, fashion pop-ups and a mix of different novel entertaining activities.
Imaginary creations which connect to the spiritual and emotional being featured in the themes that run through all the artwork.
Featuring prominently was the Chain Room, comprising metaphorical hanging chains draped in red (blood) and white paint. This depicts a break from the shackles of bondage, limitation and oppression of Ghanaians.
SLOL Coterie collaborated with various partners including August by OBF, Ashanti Swimwear and Chester’s Bar.
“It was about helping people with issues such as depression and building a clear source of an idea about how you can develop and elevate yourself through arts, music and creative themes,” Anie-Akwetey said.
He believes government should “invest, advertise and promote local artists and their works in Ghana and across the globe”.
For his part, Mr Tumi stated that: “In Ghana, there are inadequate avenues for expression” hence the establishment of SLOL Coterie project.
“I feel we don’t value arts as much as we should but that is what we are trying to change,” he revealed heartily as one of the main goals for the project.
Additionally, he is advocating funding, provision of multiple spaces to properly showcase Ghanaian artwork and collaboration between industry players to uplift the sector to standards witnessed in other parts of the world.
Mr Omaboe appealed to the authorities to support young artistes to put Ghana in the global limelight.
One of the few charismatic young female exhibitors, Esperanza Don-Obilor, a second-year student studying Pharmacy at the Robert-Gordon University, Scotland, submitted a collection of photo artworks from a budding alternative career in photography.
Mr Delali Cofie, a Digital Media student from York University, Canada, was one of the people also showcased his works of art.