Serge Attukwei Clottey

Works

Serge Attukwei Clottey, My Mother’s Wardrobe, 2015

 

Serge Attukwei Clottey (b. 1985) is known for work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across installation, performance, photography and sculpture, Clottey explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. Based in Accra and working internationally, Clottey refers to his work as “Afrogallonism”, a concept that confronts the question of material culture through the utilisation of yellow gallon containers. Cutting, drilling, stitching and melting found materials, Clottey’s sculptural installations are bold assemblages that act as a means of inquiry into the languages of form and abstraction.

In his most recent series of wall pieces, he utilises flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tires and wood pieces to form abstract formations onto which he inscribes patterns and text. In doing so, the artist elevates the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana’s informal economic system of trade and re-use. While some surfaces resemble local textile traditions such as ‘Kente’, a key reference in west African Modernism throughout the 20th century, others refer to barcodes and feature Chinese characters in reference to the emergence of new power structures in Ghana. In Clottey’s drawings (Sex and Politics Series, 2016 - ongoing) the artist explores a formalist approach, depicting disjointed figures and faces, not unlike the visions of nude women under Cubism, a European movement which drew heavily from traditional African tribal sculpture.

At the centre of Clottey’s engaged dialogue with Ghana’s cultural history is the notion of performance as a daily activity. Through his notable work, My Mother’s Wardrobe, presented at Gallery 1957, Clottey used performance to explore traditional genderroles along with notions of family, ancestry and spirituality. In a personal work inspired by the aftermath of the death of his mother, the artist staged a performance exploring the concept of material possessions honouring women as the collectors and custodians of cloth that serves as signifiers of history and memory. Clottey’s work sits at the intersection of making and action, drawing heavily on the artist’s immediate and ever-changing environment.

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Born: 1985 Accra, Ghana

Exhibitions

2016

  • My Mother's Wardrobe, Gallery 1957, Accra
  • Hand to Mouth, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco
  • Gallery 1957 at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London
  • Practical Common Sense, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Jamestown, Accra
  • Earthly Coversations, GNYP Gallery, Berlin

2015

  • We Don’t Contemporary, Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany
  • What is Matter, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, China
  • Silence Of An Ordinary Things, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, California

2014

  • Color Unfinished, 27th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille
  • Migration Messages, Collective Realities of African Migration, WUK, Vienna
  • Global Art Local View, European Monument Day, Mohr Villa, Munich
  • MULTIPOINT International art Symposium, Nitra
  • The Auction Room — African Contemporary Photography, Ozwald Boateng, London
  • Masked Unmasked, 11th Dakart, Dakar
  • Du Bois In Our Time II ‘Colour Unfinished’, University of Amherst, Massachusetts and Nubuke Foundation

2013

  • Muses, Goethe Institute, Accra
  • Art Speaks, Residency at Wuk, Vienna
  • Du Bois in our Time I ‘Colour Unfinished’, University of Amherst, Massachusetts and Nubuke Foundation
  • Insidethemoskitonet, Alliance Française, Accra
  • We Are Africa, Nubuke Foundation, Accra

2012

  • whose puppet are you?, performance, Accra
  • Time, Trade & Travel, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam and Nubuke Foundation, Accra
  • The Beautiful ones are not yet born, Goethe Institut, Accra
  • Alternative Independence Day Celebration, Freedom Tour, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
  • Inside The Mosquito Net, Brazil House Jamestown, Accra

2011

  • Cultures in Confluence, Alliance Française & Goethe Institut, Accra
  • Trash to Treasure, chale wote street art festival, Accra

2010

  • Climate Change, Caspar House, Accra
  • Portrait of Ghana, The Drum Ace Café, Birmingham, UK
  • My Life, Charity Photo Show, W.E.B. Dubois Memorial Centre, Accra and Haverford College, Pennsylvania

2009

  • Africa Show, African Contemporary Art, Naples

2008

  • Global Warming, Featured Project, British Council, Accra
  • Portrait of Accra, Junior Art Club sponsorship, Bristol

2008

  • Untying the Human Spirit, CAN 2008, Geothe Institute, Accra

2003

  • Different Strokes, The Loom African Gallery, Accra

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Serge Attukwei Clottey, My Mother’s Wardrobe
Exhibition Catalogue, 2016

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