Sunday Special

Carlos Idun-Tawiah's Sunday Special is a requiem of his childhood memories, and a means to extract the tenor of the Christian Sabbath within a vernacular lens. Through this nostalgic story, he aims to evoke the ethos of community, love and hope.

"Inspired by a close study of the family album and by my recollection growing up in a Christian and Ghanaian home, I tried to highlight the ethos of Sundays from a vernacular perspective. I played with visual nostalgia, juxtapositions, color and gesture to fully extract the tenor of Sundays in Ghana from as far back as I could remember. By creating a sense of community, love and belonging as I always try to portray in my work, I was conscious of blurring the lines between sanctity and our humanity by underscoring the idea of how community and divinity could exist in one place.

I also remarked on various observations I made growing up, and sought to answer some questions that surfaced whenever I tried to relive the past by combing through my family album.

My goal is to have everyone who sees this body of work go back in time in one way or the other; to incite that delight that can only be found when we look back and to provoke the sweet joys of what our memories could best serve us."

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Amen II, 2022"
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"Amen II, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Oh Grace, 2022"
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"Oh Grace, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Home Sweet Home, 2022"
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"Home Sweet Home, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Daddy's Polaroid"
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"Daddy's Polaroid"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Like Father, Like Son, 2022"
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"Like Father, Like Son, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Till Death do us Part, 2022"
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"Till Death do us Part, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "My House, My Rules, 2022"
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"My House, My Rules, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Touched by an Angel, 2022"
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"Touched by an Angel, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "One Thousand Hallelujahs, One Thousand More, 2022"
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"One Thousand Hallelujahs, One Thousand More, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Mr Bilson, Play On, 2022"
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"Mr Bilson, Play On, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - Image from the Sunday Special photography project
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"Grace Flows Like A River" There was not a day that someone didn't burst out crying in Church. Usually my friends and I will look around to see the "cry baby" of the day. The one who was moved by the sound of wisdom that filled the room. This photograph is an expression of how inseparable our emotions and our convictions could eventually become. Where our heart and treasure becomes one.

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "The Gospel, 2022"
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"The Gospel, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "The Good Book, 2022"
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"The Good Book, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Let the Little Children Come to Me, 2022"
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"Let the Little Children Come to Me, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Don't Say Cheese, 2022"
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"Don't Say Cheese, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "The Family Photograph, 2022"
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"The Family Photograph, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Panyin, Kakra, 2022"
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"Panyin, Kakra, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Panyin, Kakra II, 2022"
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"Panyin, Kakra II, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Lagoon Side, 2022"
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"Lagoon Side, 2022"

© Carlos Idun-Tawiah - "Breathe a Little, 2022"
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"Breathe a Little, 2022"

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