The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print
The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print

The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie - photography print

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The back of a tortoise by Jessica Sarkodie

year: 2019
artist description: "Photographed during an ethnographic exploration of the cultural and historic significance of wax print in Ghana. Over the years Ghanaians have named these wax prints based on its pattern and have assigned different prints to different occasions. The one in this photograph is called "Akyekyede Akyi" meaning "the back of a tortoise"
This pattern was created inspired by the proverb: "Huriee si akyekyede akyi a, osi ho kwa". This means that there is no point in engaging yourself in activities that will be of no benefit to you.
Going into this project, I expected to discover the simple fact of how Vlisco wax print, a Dutch brand, became so dominant in Ghana. The team of creatives I worked with, however, became struck by another question - that of ownership and how it is or ought to be defined. During our meetings with Vlisco experts it became clear to me that these fabrics were not just merely beautiful or high quality prints. The reason why they have and still remain so present in everyday life is that in the Ghanaian psyche, they represent a deep cultural and historical significance.
And that’s what I tried to captured in my images for @vliscoandco - a certain rawness to illustrate the sincere affection and value of these fabrics, visible in the way the women engaged with them; beyond the way they spoke about them, the way they touched and wore them."


product details:
  • photography print available in sizes:    20x25 cm, 21x30 cm, 30x40 cm, 45x61 cm, 50x70 cm and 61 x 91 cm.
  • image cropped to size.
  • giclée-printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster photo paper.
  • museum-quality, made on thick and age resistant paper.
  • paper thickness: 0.25mm
  • paper weight: 260 g/m²
  • framed in Alder, semi-hardwood frame with an Acrylite front protector.
  • hanging hardware included.