Call it Ghanaian excellence, or in the spirit of Black Panther – Black (African) Excellence.
Whichever way, Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey is taking giant steps in the art world, note – not Ghanaian or African art space, but the WORLD.
Last Thursday, Attukwei’s “Differences Between” exhibition opened at the Jane Lombard Gallery in New York.
“The exhibition centres on the artist’s assemblages made from used jerry cans, a part of his extensive work that includes performance, photography, painting, sculpture and social practice,” the Jane Lombard Gallery wrote on Facebook.
“Rooted in colonial, ideological and material exchanges, Attukwei Clottey fervently integrates evolving narratives of migration, consumption, and cultural coexistence in a movement he calls Afrogallonism.”
“Afrogallonism originated after the Attukwei’s decade-long work with the ubiquitous 20-25 litre yellow containers (Kuffour gallons). Imported from Europe containing oil they are endlessly reused to carry potable water by those struggling with the country’s shortages.”
His process transforms the vessels through cutting, painting, arranging and stitching.
“His practice considers the history of the cast-off material, valuing its staple role in the water economy while re-contextualizing familiarity into contemporary art and performances illustrating stories of postcolonial identity.”
Although it reopened in 2015, theJane Lombard Gallery has a rich 20-year history with an established reputation for bringing to the forefront artists who work within a global perspective / aesthetic relevant to the social and political climate of today. The gallery seeks to promote both emerging and mid-career artists in a variety of media – painting, sculpture, photography, installation and film – in the US, Europe and Asia, including new artists that they have recently introduced to their program.