WAXED IN BLACK

2012

Ghana

In this project I document different funerals in the Accra region and portray the deceased’s families’ struggle. In Ghana, families spend large sums of money to bury the dead, often getting into debt to offer the deceased a large scale ceremony. This phenomenon mixed between traditional African animistic traditions and American bling bling is putting strain on struggling families who crumble below the pressure and fear of society and the dead’s haunting spirit. As so much is at stake on the funeral ceremony’s day: Fear, loss, despair, anxiety for the future, the family’s hearts beat in the present tense. They pour all their emotions into this instant they have bought with money they do not have. The funeral procession moves with an impulsive energy rejecting the idea of death itself, trying to throw an opposing force against it.