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.
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Godfried Donkor’s work ‘An Accra Fetish Hymn’ (2017) is displayed as part of the blockbuster exhibition David Adjaye: Making Memory, at the Design Museum, London; on show until August 4.
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At this year's ART X Lagos, Gallery 1957 was honoured to exhibit a new body of works by Gerald Chukwuma.Click here for more.