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.
Gallery 1957 is proud to announce it will be taking part in Art X Lagos from Friday 4 - 6 November 2016. West Africa's first International Art Fair is founded and directed by Tokini Peterside with Bisi Silva as artistic director. The fair will feature 50 artists, 10 countries and 30 exhibitions. From Gallery 1957 Jeremiah Quarshie will be exhibiting works from his Yellow is the Colour of Water series.
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In the latest edition of Under the Influence, Serge Attukwei Clottey talks with founder and director of ANO Ghana, Nana Oforiatta Ayim. In it, Serge discusses his artistic techniques in consideration of modern Africa’s wider concerns. Serge explains that his artistic endeavours cannot be detached from his rich cultural heritage, his use of the yellow gallons for example is both influenced by his childhood memory of carrying water to his family and the symbolic importance of the gallon in face of the water crises. Serge and Nana go on to explore the importance of tradition and the local philosophies which are at the heart of their communities.
You can order this issue here.
Young architect and artist Latifah Idriss has designed the latest edition of ANO Ghana’s Books on Arts and Culture. The Agbako Book & Film Launch will be on Sunday 9 October from 3-4.30pm at 1:54Contemporary Art Fair, Somerset House, London. The book is the first in a series of publications by ANO, proposing new architectural museum models which emphasise the importance and impact of historical and contemporary cultural production and its capacity to transform and enhance our social realities.
Find out more about ANO’s past and present projects here.
n a recent article, Forbes.com explores Accra’s new status as an arts hub. Jermeiah Quarshie explains how his portraits deal with the economic and social pressures on woman in Accra, pressures which aren’t so different to those found in other parts of the world which could explain how people relate to them. Another Gallery 1957 artist, Yaw Owusu, and Hannah O’Leary the head of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Sotheby’s, are in agreement that it is an exciting time for emerging contemporary African artists.
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Serge Attukwei Clottey has recently been featured in two seperate BBC broadcasts. Serge was interviewed for the World Service’s ‘BBC Cultural Frontline’ where the hosts asked ‘Can Art change the World?’ ahead of the Turner Prize exhibition opening. Other guests included Tania Bruguera and Maria Alyokhina. In another broadcast on BBC News, Serge is interviewed as part of 1:54Contemporary African Art Fair alongside founder Touria El Glaoui, the segment looked at the increased popularity of African Art buying in London.
Africa Rising explores an overview of the social and cultural movements spurring on some of Africa’s most progressive creative scenes. Published by Gestalten, Africa Rising also charts the continent’s increasing international influence –looking at the full spectrum of design, fashion and lifestyle. Ghana is featured as one of five emerging art markets to take notice of within the continent; Gallery 1957 is praised for its launch as one of the very first commercial galleries in Ghana dedicated to contemporary art. Africa Rising is published by Gestalten and will be released on September 15, 2016.
Gallery 1957 was a proud partner of this year’s edition of Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Spirit Robot. Founded by Mantse Aryeequaye and Sionne Neely of ACCRA [dot] ALT, the festival creates life for art, music, dance and performance on the streets of James Town, Accra’s oldest urban fishing community. Free and open to the public, Chale Wote helps create a wider audience for the arts, breaking boundaries to provide access to culture for people from all walks of life. Spirit Robot included a performance by Serge Attukwei Clottey and GoLokal entitled Practical Common Sense, as well as a new installation by Yaw Owusu and a performance by Elisabeth Efua Sutherland. For the first time, the festival included a full week of activities and Gallery 1957 hosted screenings of Blitz the Ambassador’sDiasporadical Trilogìa and Sandra Krampelhuber’s Accra Power. Keep updated on ACCRA [dot] ALT’s activities by visiting accradotaltradio.com, and following ACCRA [dot] ALT on twitter. Photo: Kobe Subramaniam