Camp Blood: Hand-Painted Film Posters

10 May – 23 June 2013

Drawn from the collection of Christchurch painter Roger Boyce, these promotional posters from Ghana, Africa, are movie marketing like you've never seen: lurid, vivid and emphatically hand-made.

From Snakes on a Train to Camp Blood, these promotional posters are bright, gory, and emphatically hand-made. Painted in acrylic on durable flour sacks, they were produced by an informal street guild of painters in Ghana in the 1980s and 1990s to promote travelling presentations of action and horror films. The posters came to prominence in the western art world in 2000 with the publication of the book Extreme Canvas. Drawn from the collection of Christchurch painter Roger Boyce, Camp Blood showcases (to use Boyce's phrase) the 'fabulously lurid' work of these popular artists.

Installed in April 2013 as part of Populate! – Christchurch Art Gallery's tenth-birthday programme of art around the city.