Back in 2019 I stayed for a week in the small town of Bakau in a community called Kachikally, in Western Gambia, which is 12 km to the west of the Banjul capital. I am interested in the textual layers of signs, graffiti and street art found in urban places, which teells us something of the matrial richness of a place, its people and the community.
My photographs act as a tool to record and document the walls.
The image below is a view down one of the streets in Kachikally, in Bakau to the left the faded hand-painted sign points to Kachikally Cocodile Pool a museum and popular site for tourism.
Photograph above by street artist artist Guta Mao in Kachikally Market, Baku
All photographs from the series hand-painted Gambia © Tracey Thorne made in 2019, in Gambia, Africa.
Selected images from the series were published in a limited edition zine details below:
Hand-painted Gambia Zine
Published in 2022, Blurb
Description: Portrait (softcover),
20 x 25 cm, 40 pages colour,
available to buy from Blurb for around £35 per copy here