In the morning Manuel was fine, but quite weak and tired. I called John Owoo, an art journalist from Accra, recommended by Wendelin Schmidt. We met up at 2 p.m., and he brought us to an artist working with waste: Tei Mensah Huagie, founder and director of “Not a Waste Recycle Studio” (www.nawtei.com).
Here we found our “missing link”: an artist recycling plastic. We found our good old friend, the water bottle in installations and pictures, water sachets as clothes, bags, walls, but also flip flops as chairs and hats, as well as hammered corrugated iron and cables as sculptures. Tei is a witty fashion designer and sculptor, with many fresh ideas, like his work “Public Urinal”, a light wall construction, made out of painted PET bottles.
Tei is working a lot with students, he conducts workshops in recycling art and sells the products. This educates the young people not to throw away things on the streets, but see everything as potential materials for something new and collect it.
We wanted to buy everything in this plastic wonderland, but we are at our very limits now. I loved his installations and pictures, but his prices are near international level, so we could only afford some small works (bag made out of water sachets, 1 hat made of flip flops).