Journalists look at posters of the exhibition 'Deadly and Brutal. Film Posters from Ghana' during a press preview at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The exhibition presents hand-painted film posters from Ghana from a private collection of an art historian in Rosenheim and runs from 01 April until 26 June 2011. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT.

MUNICH.- Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich presents ‘Deadly and Brutal’ film posters from Ghana, on view until June 26, 2011. Graphic design from West Africa: Ever since the 1980s, hand-painted posters have advertised Nollywood and locally-made action movies or family dramas in Ghana, not to mention the Hollywood blockbusters and martial arts films from the Far East.

The drastic imagery with which the movie theaters and venues whet the potential audience’s appetite tends to adapt local myths and religious dogmas from Christian Pentecostal believes alongside advertising elements from Hollywood and Hong Kong. In the posters as in the films, the occult and magic practices play a strong part, as does the antagonism of Good and Evil, the battle waged against the forces of darkness, giving rise, for example, to the noticeable preference for horror movies fueled by the fears of people who find themselves confronting the impenetrable, complex political and economic world of the present.

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