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.
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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
Ahead of the opening of Jeremiah Quarshie’s first solo exhibition, Yellow is the Colour of Water - opening at Gallery 1957 on Friday 19 August – Artsy spoke with Quarshie, and the shows curator Robin Riskin to discuss the works and their collaboration. Quarshie elaborates on his relationship with other local artists, and the importance of the dialogue he has with the community as a whole on his practise. This interest in the community is expressed in the multi-site installations that form Yellow is the Colour of Water; Quarshie has installed sculptures at Tema Station Lorry Park and Kotoka International Airport, locations which mark the movement of people in a bid to parallel the flow of water across a city. To read the full article, please click here.
Chale Wote Street Art Festival, produced by ACCRA [dot] ALT, celebrated this year’s festival with a full week of activities in collaboration with six Accra galleries, alongside the annual performances on the streets of James Town, Accra, which took place from 15 – 21 August 2016. Gallery 1957 was a proud partner of this year’s festival. On Wednesday 17 August, 6 – 9pm, Gallery 1957 hosted a screening of Blitz Ambassador’s series of music films entitled Diasporadical Trilogìa, followed by an informal Q+A with Kobby Graham, Blitz and the audience. Later that night saw the premiere screening of ACCRA POWER, featuring Gallery 1957 artist Serge Attukwei Clottey. Sandra Krampelhuber, the director of the film, was also in attendance to answer the audiences’ questions. The week also included the opening reception for Jeremiah Quarshie’s exhibition, Yellow Is The Colour Of Water, at the gallery on 19 August.
We are delighted to be featured in Blouin Modern Painter’s 2016 issue of ‘500 Best Galleries Worldwide’ in our inaugural year, alongside a number of other incredible galleries. It has been a busy year so far for Gallery 1957, with even more exciting projects upcoming for the rest of the year.
Keep an eye on forthcoming projects by checking this page for the news, and see upcoming exhibitions here.
Founding Director Touria El Glaoui speaks about 1:54 art fair and chairs a panel discussion exploring practices in collecting contemporary African art. Speakers include: Tutu Agyare (Collector and Co-Founder of Nubuke Foundation); Professor Ablade Glover (Artist and Founder of Artists Alliance Gallery); Kerryn Greenberg (Tate Modern, Curator - International Art); and Marwan Zakhem (Collector and Founder of Gallery 1957). With editions in London and New York, 1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience. To attend, RSVP here.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the galleries exhibiting in the fourth edition of the London fair, taking place in Somerset House from 6 – 9 October. The fair, which has editions annually both in London and New York, has generated enormous global discussions on Contemporary African Art over the four years since its inception. Gallery 1957 will be presenting a solo booth of works by Serge Attukwei Clottey, one of seventeen new galleries debuting at this year’s show.
For more information read the press release here
Mantse Aryeequaye from ACCRA [dot] alt describes the impact of recent cultural developments in Accra on the artistic community. With an overview of the key institutions harboring local talent, Artsy explores how the championing of local artists has widened public perceptions of art in the country.
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