Dipo

Amfo Akonnor Kwadwo


Dipo is a festival celebrated by the Krobo people in Ghana. The festival marks the transition of adolescent girls into womanhood. The Dipo girls are adorned in clothes, markings, and colourful beads. The girls appear bare-breasted, despite the widely held views in contemporary Ghana that nudity is indecent and improper. The portraits in this exhibition explore the tension between beauty, nudity, sexuality, and Ghanaian ideas of modesty within the context of the Dipo celebration.