With today’s political climate it is difficult to remain optimistic. Our social media is flooded with images of protests, BREXIT, the election of Donald Trump and the latest on Ghana’s recent elections.
Artists and creators have been looking for ways to spread messages of positivity, hope, and encouragement to marginalized communities both abroad and at home. The Black Lives Matter movement that took place in America after the shootings of unarmed black men has spurred the artistic creations of T-shirts, and much more.
Art collective Osei Duro part based in L.A part based in Accra have coopted this important narrative. The fashion design and production company creates clothes from textiles sourced from Peru, Ghana, and India. They aim to support and sustain small local businesses.
Their latest feat is t-shirts created in Accra, Ghana that is covered in Black Lives Matter slogans and iconography. Each t-shirt is unique and all the profits go to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The beauty of this collective is that it has global outreach in that it is both in Accra and in L.A. which means a wider spread of the message and a more inclusive to local artisans and creators.