|About the Artist:
Devin Tepleski is completing his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Victoria. He studied documentary filmmaking and anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. His art has been exhibited in Winnipeg, Canada at Platform Gallery and Next Thought and in Victoria, Canada at the [“University of Victoria”] Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria. He also has an upcoming show at Lúz Gallery, Victoria, Canada in the summer of 2010.
He became involved with the villagers of Bui and other villages along the Black Volta River through a leading a larger multimedia project with archaeologist, Ann Stahl, PhD. The ‘Sena’ Portraits make up only a portion. Hours of video interviews and field recordings of local music were collected as part of a joint local history and advocacy project. Currently, Devin is working with that material to produce a short documentary film and has recently started a non-profit, 'Friends of the Bui Watershed'.
He wishes to thank all those that made it possible: Dr. Ann Stahl, Dr. Andrea Walsh, National Museum of Ghana, University of Victoria, University of Ghana, Enoch and his family. Most importantly, this endeavor would not have been possible without the willing participants of Bui who offered their time and opened their hearts.