Announcing a “Gallery Takeover” by Gallery 1957 at Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai
20 January – 3 March 2018
Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai announces a “Gallery Takeover” by Gallery 1957 from Accra, Ghana. The initiative, which runs from January to March 2018, is the first of its kind in the Middle East and emulates current trends for younger galleries to develop their programmes internationally through the pooling of resources.
“Sharing our space with another gallery for a period of time is experimental. It’s exciting for us and the local audience who will be presented with something fresh” says Asmaa Al-Shabibi co-director of Lawrie Shabibi. “Next year we aim to expand this into the whole Dubai gallery community inviting other international galleries into local spaces”.
The takeover exhibition, titled The Displaced, presents a solo show of new works from Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey.
Serge Attukwei Clottey shows a new series of pastel drawings on paper, depicting disjointed figures and faces - not unlike the visions of nude women under Cubism, a European movement which drew heavily from traditional African tribal sculpture. Introducing colour, the pieces mark a departure from Clottey’s previous charcoal works. Also on display are Clottey’s wall-based sculptures created from yellow gallon containers - bold assemblages that act as a means of inquiry into the languages of form and abstraction. Alongside these sculptures and drawings, Clottey presents a video installation, The Displaced, enacting the trade and migration story of the Clottey family; together with his performance collective GoLokal, Clottey embarks on a symbolic journey of remembrance on Labadi Beach, Accra.
Observer.com have published a preview of Gallery 1957's latest show 'Akԑ yaaa heko || One does not take it anywhere'. Featuring images of Paa Joe's new fantasy coffins and speaking to Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, she talks about her collaboration with the coffin maker.
You can read the full article here.
Gallery 1957 are pleased to announce a four month residency with mixed-media artist Florine Demosthene, beginning Thursday 2 November 2017. This will be followed by a solo show of new works at Gallery 1957 I in February 2018, marking the artist’s first exhibition in Ghana.
Demosthene's work explores themes surrounding race and gender, the artist uses her own identity to re-evaluate the socio-political structures and conditions that surround black female sexuality and physicality today.
Serge Attukwei Clottey featured on Vogue.com, talking about his new series is of performance based photographs, 'My Mother's Wardrobe'. Clottey’s powerful testimony to his mother in the aftermath of her death explores narratives of personal and collective histories, and also challenges Ghana's funeral traditions. 'My Mother's Wardrobe' was Gallery 1957's inaugural exhibition, launching the gallery in March 2016.
You can read the full article here.
We are delighted to announce that this November, Gallery 1957, Accra, will be presenting a collaborative project between renowned fantasy coffin maker Paa Joe and performance artist Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, running from 21 November 2017 – 10 February 2018. 'Akԑ yaaa heko || One does not take it anywhere', coincides with Paa Joe’s 70th birthday (and marking his 40th year in the coffin trade), and considers traditional funerary customs of the Ga and Fante communities in contemporary Ghana.
On Friday 27 October, Gallery 1957 will be hosting a conversation between exhibiting artist Godfried Donkor and curator Koyo Kouoh. Donkor and Kouoh will be using the current exhibition 'The Frist Day of the Yam Custom: 1817' as a point of departure for their discussion. The talk will be held in Gallery 1957’s recently opened Gallery 2 space, situated in Galleria Mall.
The talk will begin at 6pm, if you are interested in attending, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to email@example.com.
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.