Part of the creative direction of Gallery 1957 is to open up the notion of what art is, how it is experienced, and what can be animated by it. To that end, collaborations like the one with Asa Baako open it up beyond the limited confines of the white cube space. Asa Baako was founded in 2011 by Kofi Debrah, and lays great importance on social inclusion and equalisation, on bringing urban and local residents together; as well as on conservation and the natural environment.
Gallery 1957 will open with a performance by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey and his performance collective GoLokal. Clottey is the creator of Afrogallonism, an artistic concept commenting on consumption within modern Africa through the utilisation of yellow gallon containers. To attend, RSVP here.
Artist Ibrahim Mahama discusses his own work and provides insight into contemporary art practice in Ghana today, as well as looking at the role an older generation of Ghanaian artists have played in art history through their search for new modes of artistic expression. To attend, RSVP here.
It’s a cut above the city’s art galleries, pledging a real commitment to promotion, archiving and storage. “There are a handful of real collectors here,” says the gallery’s founder Marwan Zakhem, himself a collector with regional clout. “But they haven’t really been given the opportunity to collect [the work of] many Ghanaian artists before they’ve attained success internationally.” Read the article here.
Ghana is more than just the birthplace of El-Anatsui. Accra-based collector and construction business owner Marwan Zakhem is doing what he can to change international, and local, perceptions of his country by opening Gallery 1957, which will specialize in cutting-edge contemporary African art. Read the article here.
The gallery’s name, 1957, refers to the year in which Ghana gained independence. Zakhem hopes to bring to international attention the “wealth of talent in Ghana” and the “intense, politically driven works” being produced by the nation’s young artists. Read the article here.
Marwan Zakhem hopes to create a buzz around the burgeoning scene in the West African country with Gallery 1957. From El Anatsui to Ibrahim Mahama, Ghana has produced some of the hottest artists in recent years. Now, a new gallery is launching in the capital city of Accra in March in a bid to bolster the nascent market there. Read the article here.
As part of Nataal magazine’s ‘Gallery Talks’, Zohra Opoku meets with Azu Nwagbogu and Maria Pia Bernardoni of the African Artist’s foundation to survey her career so far. Accessing parts of her African heritage and history through the use of textiles, whilst making it clear that to her notions of identity are not fixed, Opoku’s work documents a process of performance and discovery. Nataal outlines a number of pivotal points in Opoku’s artistic career, where she has held international conversations about the relationship between fashion and identity.
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