Nana Yaw Oduro (b. 1994) is a conceptual photographer based in Accra, Ghana. Oduro’s images are deeply inspired by poetry and spoken word from the likes of Leonard Cohen and Charles Bukowski, amongst others. Based on a creative process that transforms words into visuals, these images explore boyhood, masculinity and identity. The photographs are a visual manifestation of movement, thought and emotion – expressed through bold colours that juxtapose against black bodies. Bare backs stretch outwards toward the sun; oranges nestle within overlapping arms; knees dip into stretches of open water. Bright yellows, greens, reds and blues draw the viewer into silent narratives. The figures express emotions through subtle positions and gestures: kneeling, hiding or leaning into abstract landscapes. They reveal an “action” of sorts – like the first line of a story. Oduro asks the viewer to fill in the rest. instagram.com/the.vintage.mason.
Body as Performance
Inspired by Gustave Flaubert and Maxime du Camp’s journey through Egypt, Fouad Elkoury captures an essence of romanticism in Suite Egyptienne.
Lighting up Space
“My ambition is, in a sense, to make you see a little bit more tomorrow than you saw today.” A new show brings the minimalist spirit of Robert Irwin to Berlin.