ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present the exhibition DIPO by Kwadwo Amfo (GH, 1990). DIPO is about a puberty rite performed by the Shai and the Krobo people of southeastern Ghana. Kwadwo Amfo is a Ghanaian artist who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of the Arts in the Hague. He participated in the Best of Graduates 2022 exhibition and is the recipient of the RM Photo Talent Award of 2022. The exhibition is running from October 1 through November 6, 2022.
Dipo is a rite that transitions a female from Childhood into Womanhood. In both the Shai and Krobo communities going through the Dipo rite is a prerequisite in becoming a woman who is capable of fully participating in the community, being a wife and having a family. In Ancient times those who did not do it or got pregnant before the Dipo rite was done were considered outcasts – some banished from the community.
The Dipo girls are dressed in beautiful clothes from waist to knee level. The upper part of the body is exposed and decorated with markings and colorful assortments beads which the Krobo people are renowned for. During the rituals, the Dipo girls appear bare breasted. This can be juxtaposed against the widely held views in contemporary Ghana that nudity is ‘indecent’ and ‘improper’.
DIPO by Kwadwo Amfo explores the tension between nudity, sexuality, and the Ghanaian sense of modesty.