Senegalese photographer Ina Makosi who takes fashion shoots of models in places covered in litter and trash is using her skills to pass a message to people on how to make a changes in trashing and littering in the environment.
In 2010, she founded Africulturban, an association about HipHop and urban cultures, based in Pikine (Senegal). In 2014, Ini, started a photography project, “Pikine”. Ini’s art is brilliance at its finest. She takes fashion pictures with the polluted suburb as the background, like a polluted beach littered with trash with waste and sewage. Her aim with this unusual style of photography is to inspire the community to clean up. Her creative enterprise is usually because she creates beauty out of a seeming mess and also carves a message out of it to her audience.
As a photographer interested in the promotion of the culture of her country, she focuses on portraying through photography issues relating to women, environment, culture and sports in her country. Ini has participated in artist residencies like Les Rencontres Des Arts de Saint Louis (2014) and the Biennale de Marrakesh (2016).
She also has participated in collective exhibitions during the Biennale de Dakar 2016, organised by Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily, Maison Communale de Gorée and the Centre Maurice Gueye de Rufisque.
In 2017 she represented Senegal during the 8th Jeux de la Francofonie. Her photos have been published in the book “Networking à Dakar”, a project about the daily life in Dakar executed together with the journalist Margit Niederhuber.