Samuel Aboagye – A Promising Replace

We’ll broaden on this story quickly, however a lot has occurred since we exhibited Samuel Aboagye’s Photo voltaic Scooter and Photo voltaic Taxi in our Electrical Revolutionaries exhibit on the Petersen Automotive Museum.  The Motor/Cycle Arts Basis despatched group members Dan Inexperienced and Greg Hatton to Accra, Ghana, to make a brief documentary of Sam’s world, which you’ll see right here.  Our group was invited to current the story our relationship with Sam at a design convention in Marrakesh, Morocco, by Safir Belali, who teaches on the Artwork Heart Faculty of Design in Pasadena.  Two of our group had been capable of take part in particular person – Greg Hatton and Nadia Amer – and Paul d’Orléans participated by Zoom.  We shared our movie of Samuel, and mentioned our growing relationship with him, and had been then joined by Samuel himself by Zoom, who answered questions from the skilled designers and college students in attendance.

Samuel Aboagye in Accra, Ghana, along with his Photo voltaic Taxi and Photo voltaic Scooter [Efo Selasi]

There have been a number of outcomes of that convention: Samuel was awarded a one-year design scholarship on the Artwork Heart, and was given the promise {of professional} mentorship to help him by means of his instructional course of.  Each Safir Belali and Greg Hatton have supplied weekly work periods with Samuel, who’s progressing nicely in his research.  As an additional deal with, the M.A.F. despatched Samuel along with his pal, YouTube producer Efo Selasi, to Marrakech for a follow-on design convention.  It was the primary time Samuel had traveled exterior of his house in Accra, and it really blew his thoughts, and expanded his boundaries. We proceed to work with Samuel, and focus on how the M.A.F. can broaden our academic venture with the expertise we’ve gained on this extremely rewarding course of.

Dan Inexperienced and Greg Hatton on the Petersen Museum in early 2023 for the Electrical Revolutionaries exhibit, earlier than choosing up Samuel’s autos in Accra. [Paul d’Orléans]
To deliver Samuel’s two autos again to the USA, Dan Inexperienced needed to dismantle each, taking cautious notes on their development – they weren’t supposed to be dismantlable! The 2 autos had been carried again as hand baggage – it was the identical worth to ship two filmmakers to Accra as to ship the 2 autos through DHL!
[Dan Green]
The Photo voltaic Taxi totally dismantled in Accra. [Greg Hatton]
The Photo voltaic Scooter ‘package’ as returned to the USA, within the Vault of the Petersen Museum. [Dan Green]
A set of photographs from the Artistic Offsite Marrakesh occasion in February 2023, organized by Safir Belali. [Safir Belali, Greg Hatton]


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