Ghanaian Artist Serge Attukwei Clottey has extended his Desert X exhibition “The Wishing Well” to Afrogallonism Art Studio in Labadi.
The installation is an extension of Serge Attukwei Clottey’s work at Desert X 2021 in the Coachella Valley. The exhibition begins today 19th March to 20th March, 2021 and the time is from 10 am to 5pm each day. You are advised to observe all COVID-19 protocols.
Dr. Serge Attukwei Clottey is known for work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across installation, performance, photography, and sculpture, Clottey explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. Based in Accra and working internationally, Clottey refers to his work as “Afrogallonism”, a concept that confronts the question of material culture through the utilization of yellow gallon containers.
Cutting, drilling, stitching and melting found materials, Clottey’s sculptural installations are bold assemblages that act as a means of inquiry into the languages of form and abstraction. Utilising flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tires and wood pieces, he forms abstract formations onto which he inscribes patterns and text. In doing so, he elevates the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana’s informal economic system of trade and re-use. While some surfaces resemble local textile traditions such as Kente – a key reference in west African Modernism throughout the 20th century – others refer to barcodes and feature Chinese characters in reference to the emergence of new power structures in Ghana. In Clottey’s drawings, the artist explores a formalist approach, 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.
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