Lawrie Shabibi announces a “Gallery Takeover” by Gallery 1957 from Accra, Ghana. The initiative, which runs from 20 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”.
Gallery 1957 was established in 2016 in Accra and is dedicated to contemporary art with a curatorial focus on West Africa. The takeover will be split into two three-week periods, with two separate exhibitions, starting with The Displaced, a solo show from Serge Attukwei Clottey, followed by a joint exhibition between Gerald Chukwuma and Yaw Owusu.
“My aim for the gallery has always been to be firmly established in Accra whilst working globally with a programme that expands outside of the gallery walls focused around artists who are currently bridging the gap between local and international practices. Our public programme has encompassed talks, residencies, performances, commissioning new site-specific installations, and supporting cultural initiatives in Ghana and beyond so we are delighted to have an off-site project in Dubai for the first time in advance of our participation at Art Dubai fair.” Marwan Zakhem, Founder, Gallery 1957.
Serge Attukwei Clottey will be showing a new series of pastel drawings on paper, which explore 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. Introducing colour, the pieces mark a departure from Clottey’s previous charcoal works. Clottey will also be showing his wall-based sculptures created from yellow gallon containers. Alongside these sculptures and drawings, Clottey will present a video installation, The Displaced, which enacts 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.