Fibi Afloe is the recipient of our 2024 Milim Community Bursary, she will be working on her proyect “Fashion on the Streets of Nima”
Fibi Afloe, has been awarded £1000 to develop her project “Fashion on the Streets of Nima” (working title). She is a documentary photographer based in Nima – Accrain Ghana. In her photography practice she documents everyday life. It isimportant to her to get in touch with the people to truly understand their way of living and – linking it to her own personal story. Her work does not only include street- and everyday life but also intimate portraiture. Recurring themes in her work are gender, climate change and culture.
Her recent bodies of work “Fashion on the Streets of Nima” (working title) are both long-term projects which tell multi-layered stories of Nima, the community Fibi Afloe grew up in. Nima is a popular and dense neighbourhood of Greater Accra Region, Ghana. It is considered a prototypical ‘Zongo’. Zongo is a common Hausa term formerly used to refer to a temporary settling place of Hausa‐speaking Muslims, or a‘stranger quarter’. Today, Zongo’s are generic parts of most urban towns in Ghana and they are inhabited by various generations of migrants mainly Muslim from all over West Africa.
Since 2022 Fibi Afloe is continuously photographing for “Fashion on the Streets of Nima”. In Nima, each ethnic group has its own celebrations. She noticed how much the women in her community invest and take the time for their looks to look beautiful. Seeing these women in their colourful dresses, big and expensive hearings, chains, anklets, henna designs and many more she started to question the meaning of beauty and its social value.
We are excited to suport Fibi and work alongside her this next months.