Monteiro created 'The Prophecy' series in conjunction with Senegalese fashion and costume designer Doulsy ( AKAJah Gal) and NGO Ecofund. Monteiro says "When I came up with "The Prophecy" project, Ecofund introduced me to the former minister of environment Haidar Al Ali. I asked him what were the major environmental issues in West Africa. From there I choose nine topics that I put into images."
Monteiro is strongly influenced by his diverse background. His mother was from Belgium, and his father from Benin, resulting in a cross continental inspired work flow. He also claims to be inspired by religion, including Voodoo, which hails from his native Benin.The characters in 'The Prophecy' represent genies, acting as a medium between humans and the supernatural.
"I wanted the stories to talk to children, because in Africa, the adults—they're not really concerned by these problems; they just do their thing," Monteiro told IPI. "I thought that if you could give some enjoyment and sensitivity to kids, that could bring up a new generation that would be concerned about the environment."
Monteiro believes that young Africans have an important role to play, and are becoming more informed as a result of the internet. He tells IPI: "They know what's going on, and the governments can't fool them anymore. And they're starting to really fight for their rights, and this comes from young people."
Serge Attukwei Clottey's 'Brief Facts'. In addition to photography, Clottey has also created art installations, sculptures and devised living performance art.
Ghanian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey's 'Principle of Blackness'. Much of his work uses recycled objects, reflecting a concern with environmentalism and the fragility of nature.
'United Energies' by Serge Attukwei Clottey. In addition to his environmentalism, Clottey's work is also heavily politica