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Axe Of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters And Film Viewing Culture

Axe Of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters And Film Viewing Culture

Long-time readers of S&A will remember our online showcase of these locally-made, hand-crafted Ghanaian movie posters advertising Hollywood, Nollywood, Bollywood, martial arts and home-grown action movies and dramas in the country.

Well, someone else saw value in these posters and collected a whole bunch of them, and is apparently touring museums around the world with the lot.

And if you live anywhere in/around Bloomington, Indiana, you should know that The Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University will be housing an exhibition of these posters from August 24, through September 15, 2012.

They’re calling it Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture. I guess that’s maybe an improvement from what the International Design Museum in Munich, Germany, called their exhibition of the posters last summer: Deadly and Brutal: Film Posters from Ghana.

The original posters are said to be from a private collection of an art historian in Rosenheim, Germany – the Dr. Wolfgang Stäbler Collection.

I’m most curious as to how this collection of posters got into the Dr. Wolfgang Stäbler Collection in Germany. A Google search revealed nothing. But I’ll keep digging.

There’s even a book of these posters on sale at bookstores. 

Someone is (or some people are) getting rich on these posters, and I’m just wondering, as I said, how they made their way out of Ghana to start, who exactly owns the rights to them now, and whether the Ghanaians who created them are aware of what’s become of them.

Regardless, if you’re in Bloomington, you’ll get to see them live and in person.

Click HERE to head over the Grunwald Gallery of Art at IU for more info. 

A sample of the posters follows below:









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John C. McCall

This exhibit offers a fresh alternative to the problematic celebrations of colonial loot that typically constitute exhibits of African art. The reviewer's suspicious remark regarding "how these posters got to Germany" is misplaced. These posters are neither rare nor "antiquities." Though the originals were hand-painted, the posters themselves are mass produced & freely available in the markets to anyone. Few people however, actually collect them. Thousands of movie posters are produced in Ghana & Nigeria. They are printed on cheap paper and are rarely archived by the printers. Those posters that are not carefully preserved by archivists are destined to be lost forever.


It sounds fabulous I don't live in the states though so sadly I cant see it

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