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Art made from waste illegally dumped by developed countries
From Mago, a lover of the slums of Ghana.
Mago Creation Co., Ltd., CEO and Artist／Mago Art & Study Institute Founder
Under the slogan of sustainability, Mago manufactures and sells works of art by reusing electronic wastes that were illegally dumped in the slums of Ghana by developed countries. He uses his profits to create new jobs and provide completely free education in the slums. He also opened an e-waste museum in 2020.
Born 1984 The artist Mago became a street-side painter after the company he managed went bankrupt in 2009. In June 2017, Mago visited Agbogbloshie, a slum in Ghana said to be the world's largest graveyard for electronic devices. There, he met the locals who lived their lives desperately burning the electronic devices the developed countries have dumped for only a mere 500 JPY (approx. 4.70 USD) a day. "Is it really so important for us to build riches that we have to sacrifice other people? To let them breathe in too much gas, get cancer, and die in their thirties? I'm going to spread this truth to the developed countries through the power of art," says Mago with determination.
Using the funds he raised from selling his art, Mago has delivered 850 gas masks to Ghana to date. In 2018, he established Mago Art and Study, the slums' first school. Mago stayed in Agbogbloshie for 53 days on his fifth visit. In August 2019, Mago established the Mago E-Waste Museum, the first cultural facility in the slums, bringing the locals new hope and life. Emmy Award-winning director Kern Konwiser's documentary film "Still a Black Star" follows the path Mago has walked.
The Activities of Nagasaka Mago
As an advocate of sustainable capitalism, Nagasaka Mago manufactures and sells works of art by reusing electronic wastes that were illegally dumped in the slums of Ghana by developed countries. His profits are aimed at establishing a system made of three cogwheels in continuous motion: education (completely free schools), culture (museums), and economy (new job opportunities).
He maintains his stance that owning Ghanaian pieces will reduce the area's garbage as well as contribute to the growth of the local culture and economy, under the concept of developing the economy while sharing values with the locals. He believes doing so will also spread the message behind this issue throughout the world. Mago is raising his reputation as a painter through these activities to increase the value of his artworks, eventually contributing to culture, the economy, and society. Once his works have risen in value, having them will count as "owning art," contributing to culture. People will then start investing to increase their value, contributing to the economy, leading to the development of the slums, contributing to society. Through this, he carries with him the spirit of sustainable capitalism.
The Vanguard of Recycling Plants in Ghana
Mago is planning to establish a state-of-the-art recycling plant in Ghana using the funds he has raised. Mago is going to hire workers from the slums for his factory and turn the world's worst electronics graveyard into a zero-pollution sustainable town using the power of art.
End Goal: World Peace Through the Power of Art
To paint world peace using the Earth as the canvas. Mago's activities as a painter all boil down to achieving world peace through the power of art. He is serious and has his eyes fixed on making this a reality.
"One cannot lead a beautiful life amid a world that is not beautiful. The beautiful techniques of art are capable of leading us to peace." - Artist, Nagasaka Mago
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