Enjoy a 30 minute virtual Q+A with artist Kwesi Botchway and curator Katherine Finerty, who wrote the exhibition essay for Kwesi's recently opened solo show 'Dark Purple is Everything Black' at Gallery 1957.
Katherine and Kwesi have been in conversation for the past year about this new body of work and the exciting transition in Kwesi's portraiture painting practice in which combining realism and impressionism forms a new visual language about colour, identity, and representation. In this Q+A session they cover Kwesi's journey as an artist, his evolving technical practice, how he seeks to redefine notions of beauty and culture, and what it's like to be embracing news ways of communicating and gathering in the unique conditions of our time.
Part 1 of the conversation includes:
00:00 – Introduction
00:50 – Meet the Artist: Kwesi
04:45 – Meet the Writer: Katherine
06:55 – Earlier Work
09:20 – Newer Series
12:55 – Eyes Are Windows To The Soul
Part 2 of the conversation includes:
00:05 – Behind The Scenes
02:00 – Cultural Representation
05:00 – Art Heroes
07:35 – Self-Portrait
11 :05 – What's Next
13:40 – Thank You
This month Godfried Donkor is featured in Good Sport Magazine's issue 04. Talking about his life and work, Donkor particularly discusses the history of pugilism that provided the basis of his recent exhibition, Battle Royale: The Last Man Standing Part 1, in August 2019 at Gallery 1957.
In anticipation of Langlands & Bell's "The Past Is Never Dead..." exhibition, we bring to you an interview between Langlands & Bell, Gus Casley-Hayford (Director Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC) and Jonathan Watkins (Director IKON, Birmingham UK) as they discuss a range of issues raised by the artists' new body of works.
Due to unforeseen circumstances our Abdoulaye Konaté show has now been moved to the end of summer...
We will keep posted for the new dates.
We look forward to share with you what he has been working on !
We are very excited that Serge Attukwei Clottey will be showcase alonside 9 other african artists for the show :
- “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present” at the Moody Center for the Arts.
Featured artists will include Sammy Baloji, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Omar Victor Diop, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mary Sibande and Pascale Marthine Tayou. The show reconsiders Western narratives about Africa and its history and invites viewers to reexamine both past and present.
In the Central Gallery, the Moody will commission a new site-specific installation by Clottey, best known for his large-scale works that incorporate repurposed materials. Like Rhode, Clottey’s works also often involve participatory public performances. Reusing plastic gallon jugs that are commonly found across Africa, Clottey’s self-coined “Afrogallonism” work challenges viewers to consider the powerful agency of everyday objects as a vehicle for exploring issues of migration, colonial trade routes and gender stereotypes.
"Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present” will open Jan. 24, 2020. It will be on view through May 16.
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.