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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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TAFETA | Ghana Gold

George Osodi chronicles Galamsey youths mining the soil of Obuasi, Ghana for gold

London-based TAFETA is pleased to present Ghana Gold, a body of work from 2009 by photographer George Osodi which chronicles Galamsey youths mining the soil of Obuasi, Ghana for gold. Explore exhibition content below and for more details on the artist and available works, contact the gallery directly.

About the Exhibition

George Osodi's photography practice presents attention-grabbing imagery that challenges the audience to consider various unsettling situations on the African continent from a humanized viewpoint. This body of work focuses on gold mining in Ghana and has managed to reach an international audience bringing attention to the difficult conditions that the artisanal miners have to endure. It also emphasizes the largely detrimental environmental impact.

The beautifully captured images of unlicensed mining by Galamsey youth in Obuasi, Ghana highlights the many dangers to their health and the attendant environmental degradation.

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It also goes a long way to showcase the desperate situation the miners face as they seek small nuggets of gold – known locally as “de money”. Their daily find, shared equitably amongst the miners, is in many cases the only source of income for the otherwise unemployed young men and women.

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About the Artist: George Osodi

Born in 1974, George Osodi, grew up in Ogwashi-Uku, a town in the Delta State of Nigeria. He studied Business Administration at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos and worked as an accountant for the Nigerian banking company SGBN (Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria), now known as the Heritage Banking Company Limited. Osodi worked as a photojournalist for the Comet Newspaper Lagos from 1999-2001. He then joined the Associated Press News Agency Lagos, after they published some of his photographs depicting an explosion of munitions in Lagos that killed 600 people. He worked there until 2008, and during his tenure, was awarded first prize in the competition Fujifilm African Photojournalist of the Year (2004).

Osodi works in color and combines critical reportage with artistic documentary photography. His subjects are mostly social, economic and ecological exploitation of man and nature in the Niger Delta.

His photographs have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Mirror. George Osodi took part in DOCUMENTA 12, 2007, and has exhibited his works worldwide. His works are part of major international collections including the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Greece, the Martin Margulies Collection in Miami, and the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel in Germany.

Exhibition Artwork

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George Osodi
De Money no. 2, 2009
80 x 120 cm
C-print
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
De money (Passing gold #4), 2009
80 x 120 cm
C-print
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
De Money (Four Men), 2009
80 × 120 cm
C-print
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
De Money (Obuasi), 2009
80 x 120 cm
C-print
Editions 1-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
De Money (Rope), 2009
80 × 120 cm
C-print
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
Obuasi Chief, 2009
80 × 120 cm
C-print
Editions 3-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
De Money ( Obuasi II), 2009
80 x 120 cm
C-print
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
De Money no. 5, 2009
80 × 120 cm
C-print
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 2AP
George Osodi
Boy in Red Shirt, 2009
80 x 120 cm
C-print
Editions 1-5 of 5 + 2AP