A year after launching, the gallery’s expansion will allow the gallery to commission larger site-specific projects enabling their growing roster of West African artists to engage with an entirely new space. The new location is an exhibition and project space of 220m² in Accra’s new Galleria Mall and compliments the gallery’s existing location at the nearby Kempinski Hotel.
Inaugurated with a solo exhibition by British-Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor (The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, curated by Koyo Kouoh and on until 30 October); upcoming exhibitions include a collaborative project between fantasy coffin artist Paa Joe and performance artist Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, opening 21 November 2017, to coincide with Paa Joe’s 70th birthday.
On Saturday 19 August, Gallery 1957 will be hosting the opening reception of Godfried Donkor’s solo show at the gallery: 'The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817'. Godfried Donkor’s new body of work reimagines an illustration by the 19th century English explorer Thomas Bowdich. Created in 1818, the work is thought to be the first recorded image of the visual aesthetic and culture of the Asante region of Ghana. Join us for the opening of the exhibition, followed by a drinks reception, from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
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Gallery 1957 are thrilled to be returning to London this October to participate in the fifth edition of 1:54 Art Fair form the 5 – 8 October 2017. The fair follows Gallery 1957’s debut at 1:54 NY, and will be the second time the gallery will participate in the London edition. More details on the booth to follow.
Find out more about visiting 1:54 London here.
This September we will be exhibiting a solo booth of works by Gerald Chukwuma at the 12th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, from 14 – 17 September 2017. The opening of Contemporary Istanbul will mark a week of collaborative artistic activity across the city, including the 15th Istanbul Biennial curated by Elmgreen & Dragset.
Find out more about visiting Contemporary Istanbul here.
Following on from crazinisT artisT’s Rituals of Becoming exhibition at Gallery 1957 earlier this year, issue 12 of CCQ leads with a collaborative set of performative images created exclusively for the magazine and a conversation with the artist and the curator of the exhibition, Maria Rus Bojan. To download the latest issue of the magazine, please click here.
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.
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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.
Read the rest of the article here.
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.