Sankofa: Bring Back Love

Aina Casals Frempong

SANKOFA is an Adinkra symbol of the Akan People of Ghana. It literally means “go back and get it”, referring to the proverb of “one can learn from their past”. After researching about the LGBTQ people of Ghana and finding out that Ghana was once tolerant of queer people, Aina's project takes this concept into an instagram campaign. Here, she visually expresses same sex love in a new light, with an Afrofuturistic approach, seeking to ‘Bring Back Love’ into the future. By reclaiming these traditional values, Aina hopes to send a message of tolerance, unity, and love.

Aina Casals Frempong

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully not in the midst of a climate disaster... I wish to be having a peaceful life, surrounded by people I love and a healthy environment.

What is a good design for you?

Effective and beautiful.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Meeting deadlines, most of the time.

Who or what inspires you?

Natural forms, I think they are the most accurate because nature has been taking millions of years to evolve and to adapt in the most effective and beautiful way. And that mixed with curiosity is what inspires me. Also people in general, how different cultures can be but at the same time they part from the same human instincts, I find that interesting and admirable.

How do you approach a new project?

I usually experiment because I feel like this the only way I can actually truly learn and see what works best.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

The earlier you learn how to use the software, the better because you will be able to express your creativity better and improve even faster.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Yes, I'm much more observant.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Because I was curious and I like the idea of creating something. It makes me feel useful.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Afrofuturistic :P

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4 comments in total

Ron 2023-01-15 14:36:07

Love the connections you made with nature, and Indigenous acceptance of sexual diversity prior to colonialism. Will be sharing this with students in my class.

N 2021-07-21 09:28:44

This is just beautiful!

h 2021-02-12 21:21:33

this is so beautiful!

Emile 2021-02-12 19:15:42

Love the concept, would like to be able to share it on social media!

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