This project reflected upon a game near and dear to Africa’s heart and history - a game referred to as Aweet, or sometimes called Mankala in other parts of the world. It is a hand-carved 4x10 wooden board with pits, designed for pebbles needed to play the game. This game exists predominantly in East Africa and the Middle East but variations also exist around the world. Traditionally, this object is made by hand. Each carver will hand carve the necessary number of pits for the variation of the game local to their culture. 
    The inherent beauty of the game: each culture has their own slight variation, but Aweet also serves as a common thread amongst all countries in Africa. Children are allowed to play as a right of passage, it is a game that ties the community together. This project entailed photographing the Aweet game board, brought back from Africa following a family trip. The goal was to create a series of 20 compositions that integrate type & image together, along with composing a mind map and critiques. 

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