Gallery 1957 is proud to announce it is supporting the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana (19 – 25 April 2017), organised by Curators International (ICI) and in collaboration with Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana (FCA).
The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development program, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. The program is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, presentations, site visits, and one-on-one meetings that support the process of developing an idea for a project into a full proposal.
It is the fifth Curatorial Intensive in Africa since 2013, following past programs in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Marrakech, and Dakar.
Artist Jeremiah Quarshie is undertaking a three month residency at African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) in Lagos, Nigeria. AAF is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art under the direction of Azu Nwagbogu. Through exhibitions, festivals, residencies and workshops, AAF aims to unearth and develop talent, create societal awareness, and provide a platform to express creativity. Quarshie will be working on a new series of large-scale portraits that explore contemporary representations of historical African figures. Expanding on his earlier work, depicting ordinary civilians in Ghana, his new work will use subjects from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds to open up a dialogue about wealth, status and power in our time.
FT Weekend has explored the increasing demand for African art from local and diaspora collectors, highlighting Art X Lagos and Gallery 1957 opening last year as evidence of strengthening local markets. Marwan Zakhem, Gallery 1957's founder, commented on the importance of local appreciation in developing art infrastructure. Read more here.
Another feature in the African focused collecting supplement reviewed the use of textiles and fabric in the practice of West African artists. The article included the works of Gallery 1957 artists Serge Attukwei Clottey, crazinisT artisT and Zohra Opoku. Read more here.
On Sunday 26 February, Gallery 1957 will be hosting a series of events in order to celebrate the opening of crazinisT artisT’s debut solo show at the gallery: Rituals of Becoming. The day will start at 10.30am with a breakfast and discussion with the artist alongside international curator Maria Rus Bojan, moderated by CCQ Magazine editor, Ric Bower. crazinisT artisT will be performing at 5pm, followed by a drinks reception at the gallery from 7pm – 11pm.
If you are interested in attending any of these events, please RSVP to email@example.com.
In an interview with Oliver Enwonwu for Omenka Magazine, crazinisT artisT talks about performance art in Africa, the thoughts that go behind his work and what he hopes visitors will see in 'Rituals of Becoming', his debut solo exhibition at Gallery 1957.
You can read the entire interview here.
We were delighted to be profiled in Artsy’s recent feature on art galleries championing alternative art centers across the world - it is an honor to be listed alongside so many incredible art spaces including Laveronica arte contemporanea in Modica, Sicily, and Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Since opening on 6 March 2016 – Ghanaian Independence Day – we have continued to work towards cultivating the incredible creativity that comes from Ghana and Accra, which proudly remains our primary focus.
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Next month we will be exhibiting a solo booth of works by Serge Attukwei Clottey at the fifth edition of Cape Town Art Fair from the 17 – 19 February. Gallery 1957 will feature in the TOMORROWS/TODAY section of the fair; a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging artists from Africa.
Find out more about visiting Cape Town Art Fair here.
January’s issue of Interview magazine explores the art scene in Accra as an emerging market. Highlighting the cultural force of the city, the article includes comments from those based in Accra who are responsible for driving the movement: Gallery 1957 founder Marwan Zakhem, and artists Serge Attukwei Clottey, Jeremiah Quarshie and Zohra Opoku.
British-Ghanaian curator and writer, Osei Bonsu, will be joining Gallery 1957 to oversee the expanding exhibition program. As a lecturer in modern and contemporary art, Bonsu has undertaken prestigious research residencies at various institutions including Para Site (Hong Kong), Hospitalfields (Edinburgh) and Nanyang Technological University’s Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore). He has also previously worked on the development of a number of projects focused on international art, including Pangea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America(Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2013 - 14). Bonsu’s primary research focus pertains to questions of progress and the conception of modernity in relation to social, cultural and economic transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries.
We are delighted to have Bonsu on board in light of the recent international attention and praise Accra has received as an emerging cultural capital. Next year Bonsu will be curating the 10th edition of Satellites series The Economy of Living Things - featuring new work by international artists Ali Cherri, Oscar Murillo, Steffani Jemison and Jumana Manna; he will also be curating exhibitions at Jeu de Paume (Paris) and CAPC: Centre for Contemporary Art (Bordeaux).
With exclusive photography from Serge’s studio in Labadi taken by Rudi Geyser, Nataal co-founder Helen Jennings interviewed Serge Attukwei Clottey to discuss his artistic practice. Featuring comment from Gallery 1957 founder Marwan Zakhem, the essay charts Clottey’s artistic growth.
Read the full article here.
As one of Nigeria’s fastest rising artists, Gerald Chukwuma’s work explores migration as a constant process of transformation. Considering the implications of globalisation on his immediate environment, Chukwuma manipulates common materials to render new stories of Nigeria’s social and political history. We were lucky enough to have Gerald join us at the gallery for an informal presentation of his work with Gallery 1957 founder Marwan Zakhem. The event was streamed this on our Facebook page, click here to watch it back.
The new issue of Signatures will allow an insightful look into the minds of young Gallery 1957 artists Jeremiah Quarshie and Yaw Owusu, alongside the founder and director of ANO Ghana, Nana Oforiatta Ayim. Signatures is a new bi-annual magazine, offering a platform for the exploration of the cultural pursuits and passions coming from Africa. The magazine will feature interviews and photography that will reveal the creative processes of artists, musicians, writers and designers.