Last Saturday witnessed yet another successful MESH Confab where various creatives converged at the British Council auditorium to share their works and interact with one another. The event witnessed keynote presentations from renowned architect Yaw D.K Osseo-Asare, music producer Jayso as well as filmmaker Nicole Amarteifio. D.K shared insight into the ground-breaking work he is doing at Agbogbloshie with the youth of the area in transforming components of e-waste into functional products. Jayso spoke on the business of making music and how to navigate the complexities of charting a successful career in the industry . There was also a very exciting interaction with Nicole Amarteifio, producer of the highly successful web-series, ‘An African City’ where she spoke extensively to the making of her series and some of the issues it raised.
The Behance portfolio reviews witnessed very exciting and stimulating presentations from various creatives working in animation, theatre, photography, arts and design. Presenters included Elizabeth Efua Sutherland of ATW, artist/ painter Jeremiah J. Quarshie, animators Animax FYB, Bertil Toby Svanekiaer of Ooto Studios, and Peter Poka Asamoah of Poka Arts, 3D artists, Godfre K. Grant and Richard Anane, Photographer Apagnawen Annankrah of Apag studios, t-shirt designer, Jamez Attiogbe as well as poet, Brenda Bakomora.
The day ended with a live creative session where celebrated photographer Apagnawen Annankrah was on hand to conduct a live photo shoot featuring outfits from Afro.mod.trends. There was also live display of 3D modeling by Paul Kweku Akrofie of RPC and digital painting by Setor Fiadzigbey of BZL Illustration Studios. DJ Keyzz provided great music throughout the event while renowned poet and spoken word artist Chief Moomen was the master of ceremony.
The atmosphere during the event was one of mixed feelings ranging from amazement, shock and excitement as participants were treated to awesome creative works by Ghanaian creatives that they mostly never thought existed in this country coupled with live sessions that allowed them into the creative processes of others. The general resolve was a calling for more of such events and more importantly a call for Ghanaian creatives to stay connected even after the event through collaboration and harnessing the collective creative energies towards solving national development issues.
This edition of MESH Confab was powered by President 360 Company Ltd in partnership with RPC, Afro.mod.trends, ArchiAfrika, and Kuenyehia Art Prize. Special thanks to all volunteers who helped out with setting up, photography, videography, Ushering, modelling, sound and refreshments.