Michael Newlove Mensah
Project Participated in: Accra Project 2013
Michael Kofi Newlove – Mensah was born in 1986. The Accra based self-taught photographer who goes by the moniker ‘Kofi babone’ has played several roles in the Ghanaian entertainment and advertising industries with success over the past decade working with both local and international acts and brands. He branched out fully into photography and filmmaking while maintaining his interests in several businesses; one notable venture being www.vibrantghana.com a travel website where he uses his photography to show the vibrant and welcoming side of his native country. He speaks about his ventures and how they marry with his art; ‘I’m not an entrepreneur, I was born a hustler. One with a camera and a heart’. As an artist he sees only three major factors; the message, the medium and audience. ‘I am an expressive being, an artist. My premier medium is photography and film but I am unbound creatively; I choose the best medium to get my message across.’ His photography has no real bounds as he is very experimental and cuts across genres but most of his work is notably portraiture, conceptual and documentary photography that confronts and challenges societal issues. His works are confrontational and deal mostly with human centred issues, questioning human existence and highlighting social plights, sometimes in abstract ways. His body of work focuses on making it easier for humanity to confront and come to terms with issues of equality and justice. He hopes to do more humanitarian work through his art and philanthropy.