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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Barber shop signs from West Africa

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Gentle Barber Sign by Koffi Art (Ghana), c.1990 (Ghana), Oil on plywood
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"Indigo Arts presents a collection of painted signboards from barber shops and hair-dressers in Ghana, Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo . Brightly painted in commercial housepaints on plywood or masonite, these signs are a colorful, humorous, and sometimes outrageous contemporary African folk art. They reflect both the ancient African tradition of hairbraiding and hair-cutting and the cultural clash of imported (usually American) influences. ..."