Nubuke show on barbering and salon signages opens today

BY: Kouame Koulibaly

Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika, an exhibition of film posters, barbering and salon signages, opens at the Nubuke Foundation Gallery at East Legon, Accra today, March 6, at 4p.m.

The title of the exhibition, Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika, is a Ga phrase that translates as love is better than money and it appears on a salon signage.

Originally functioning as advertisement material, the works belong to Ghana’s vibrant visual popculture, a genre that includes tro-tro signages and decorative paintings on shop fronts and kiosks.

The works being exhibited come from the collection of Dr Joseph Oduro-Frimpong, a lecturer and Founding Director of the Centre for Popular Culture at the Ashesi University at Berekuso in the Eastern Region.

Artists with works in the exhibition include Alpha and Omega, Awal Shetty, Billy, C A Wisely, D A Jasper, Faith Art, Leonardo Arts and O A Heavy-J.

The exhibition presents poster renditions of popular films such as Shaolin Vs Ninja (1978), IP Man 2 (2008) and Shaolin Vs Taichi (1978).

It also includes a poster on Ghana’s first video movie Zinabu (1987) as well as Diabolo 1 (1992).

Information on additional accompanying programmes, such as talks and screenings, will be given out during the exhibition. There will be no opening ceremony.

COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed.

Nubuke Foundation is a private visual art and cultural institution based in Accra.

Founded in 2006, it serves as a hub for arts and culture across the country while supporting the artistic practice of young, mid-career and experienced Ghanaians.

The Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika exhibition ends on April 17, 2021.