GABOSIA 

/ʤiː-eɪ-biː-əʊ-ɛs-aɪ-eɪ/

Proper noun

Gabosia is an ongoing series of unsettling drypoint prints, started by Amartey in 2013 during a period of reflection on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of his father 4 years earlier. 

 

The Prints illustrate scenes of an elaborate mythology that offers flamboyant answers to the mystery surrounding his Father's passing.
 

Gabos is the antagonist after which the series is named, taken from a term used in Louis Theroux’s documentary on Miami’s mega-jail, ‘Game Ain’t Based on Sympathy’.

 

The protagonist of this complex tale is Mihael the seed collector, who is based on Amartey’s father who would collect the seeds of trees he saw on his travels with the aim of planting them on the family land in Ghana.

The pieces are haunting and satirical, drawing on mythologies from around the world. The images and characters were put together from various google images, news reports and Celebrities, their likenesses eliciting a dark comedy when so clearly derooted from their typically esteemed cultural image.

Despite the theme, this body of work uses Amartey's reality of not knowing his fathers last moments as an opportunity to fill in the gaps with romance, service and optimism.