Gallery 1957 is delighted to announce that Joana Choumali has been awarded the 2019 Prix Pictet photography prize; the first African photographer to scoop the honour.
This year's theme was Hope - a reaction to the conflicts and crises of the contemporary climate, whilst recognising hope as a powerful force to overcome. The artist was awarded for her series “Ça va aller” (it will be ok)— a commonly used phrase in her home country Côte d'Ivoire - a series of embroidered photographs responding to the trauma of terrorist attacks in 2016.
Choumali explains: “Each stitch was a way to recover, to lay down the emotions, loneliness and mixed feelings I felt. As an automatic scripture, the act of adding colorful stitches on the pictures has had a soothing effect on me, like a meditation. Adding embroidery on these street photographs was an act of channeling hope and resilience.”
Her work together with the other 12 shortlisted artists for the Prix Pictet, is currently on view at the V&A, London, until 8 December.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gallery 1957 are to reschedule the much-anticipated Langlands & Bell exhibition to Spring 2020. Invitations with the new dates for the show will be sent out to our mailing list in due course. Please also check here and on our social media feeds for information updates nearer the time.
Gallery 1957 participates for a fourth year running at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at Somerset House in London, from 3 - 6 October.
On show are works from the British Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor, and Prix Pictet nominee Joana Choumali.
Donkor presents works never-before exhibited in the UK, and created for the Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art 2018, before being exhibited at the MAXXI Rome. They depict the Senegalese national sport of traditional wrestling – a continuation of Donkor’s ongoing research into colonialism, trade and ‘the art of self-defense’.
Choumali presents her nominated works from the series Ça va aller, with six mixed-media works, uniting collage, embroidery, quilting and photomontage. Following the 13 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, Choumali instinctively turned to embroidery as a way to process the trauma of the event. Rather than dismiss her feelings with the favored Ivorian maxim “Ça va aller” (“It will be OK”), she chose to explore them via the gesture of slowly stitching, sometimes over several months.
Donkor is participating in 1-54’s Forum programme, speaking on ‘Valuing Research: Engaging with the Past and Working with Archives in Africa’ on Friday 4th October at 13:30. Please book your seat to attend at somersethouse.org.uk or at 1-54.com.
This weekend British-Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor’s solo exhibition Battle Royale: Last Man Standing - Part 1 opens at Gallery 1957. Created over the artist’s seven-month residency with the gallery, this exhibition is a culmination of more than 20 years research into the intertwined histories of boxing and slavery in the UK, US and Ghana. Coinciding with Ivorian photographer and mixed media artist Joana Choumali’s solo show How Do You Spell A Silent Sound also at Gallery 1957, both exhibitions will have their opening receptions on Saturday 24 August from 5:30PM. Continuing the weekend’s programme, both will give artist talks at the Kempinski Hotel on Sunday from 10AM.
Serge Attukwei Clottey has received Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Brighton.
Zohra Opoku has been selected to participate in Kehinde Wiley’s inaugural artist-in-residence programme Black Rock which will host 16 artists to live and work in Dakar, Senegal. Chosen by a highly experienced committee of artists and curators that includes collector and producer Swizz Beatz, curator Thelma Golden, and artist Mickalene Thomas, the programme will take place between August 2019 and April 2020. Zohra Opoku will also be presenting a solo show at Gallery 1957 in December 2019. Read more about the programme here.
Mejri will show at the 13th Cairo Biennale this summer, which this year encourages artists to consider concepts of ‘the East’, examining ideas of the ‘perceived real’, alongside authentic alternatives. More here.
As part of their 'First Saturdays' programme, Brooklyn Museum will screen Fadugba's short film 'Dreams from the Deep End', followed by a discussion with the artist, Kristen Windmuller-Luna (Sills Family Consulting Curator, African Arts) and swim team members. More info here.
Serge Attukwei Clottey and Gerald Chukwuma are delighted to be taking part in the group show KUBATANA at the Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium. Curated by Kristin Hjellegjerde, Kubatana is one of the largest presentations of contemporary African art yet seen in Scandinavia, bringing together 33 artists from 18 countries. More here.
Gallery 1957 will exhibit at 1:54 New York (Industria, West Village) for the third time this May. Come visit us at booth B12 where we will be showing works from Thameur Mejri (Tunisia), Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne (Ghana) and Cameron Platter (South Africa). More on ARTNews here.
Serge Attukwei Clottey is on-show at Fabrica gallery, Brighton (UK) from 18 April - 27 May - bringing together Attukwei Clottey’s twin roles as artist and community activist alongside his film and performance work, in a series of public events for the annual Brighton Festival.
Read more here