Lawrie Shabibi announces a “Gallery Takeover” by Gallery 1957

Lawrie Shabibi
Dubai, UAE
20 January – 3 March 2018

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.

Gerald Chukwuma explores migration as a constant process of transformation and reinvention. Considering the implications of globalisation on his local community, Chukwuma transforms everyday materials to render new stories of Nigeria’s socio-political landscape. Known for his intricately crafted wood-slate sculptures, Chukwuma’s multifaceted approach to burning, chiselling, and painting discarded objects – including found aluminium sheets and wooden planks – captures the nation’s richly layered history, whilst imbuing his works with both personal and political meaning.

Through his socially engaged and visually rich practice, Yaw Owusu questions the failures of Ghana’s ongoing infrastructural development. Owusu creates sculptural installations that repurpose “pesewa” coins, shifting the value of otherwise worthless materials into things of beauty. First introduced as an attempt to cure the countries economy’s inflation in 2007, these small copper coins have almost no value in today’s financial climate, enabling the artist to use them as a primary material. His work activates urgent questions around economic and political independence in contemporary Ghana.

About Serge Attukwei Clottey
Clottey has performed and exhibited widely at solo and group shows over the past decade, including: Ibid Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles (2017); Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad (2017); Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Jamestown, Accra, (2016); Evergreen Project, San Francisco (2016); Gallery 1957, Accra (2016); The Kampnagel, Hamburg (2015); Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing (2015); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2015); 27th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille (2014); WUK, Wien (2014); Mohr-Villa, Munich (2014); Ozwald Boateng, London (2014); 11th Dak’art, Dakar (2014); Nubuke Foundation, Accra (2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012); The Drum Ace Café, Birmingham (2010) and at AfriCAM, Napoli (2009). Clottey has also held artist residencies at ANO Centre for Cultural Research Accra (2015–2016) and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2013).

About Gerald Chukwuma
Gerald Chukwuma lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Chukwuma has participated extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Nigeria and internationally including: Art X Lagos, Civic Center Lagos (2016); People’s Paradise, Temple Muse, Lagos (2015); Essentials, Alexis Galleries, Lagos (2015); The Contemporaries, The Wheatbeaker, Lagos (2015); Today In History, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja (2015); Soaking Up Beauty, Constant Capital, Lagos (2014); Highlife II, Ethnocentrique, Lagos (2013); Music Lesson, Alexis Gallery, Lagos (2012); Highlife I, Exhibition of Designs and Art, Ethnocentrique, Lagos (2011); Heden Daagse Afrikaanse Kunst, Amsterdam (2010); Pachakucha: Inspire Japan, Terra Kulture, Lagos (2009); Reclaiming Africa, Goethe-Institute, Lagos (2009); In Pursuit of Knowledge, Civic Centre, Lagos (2009); Africa Now, The World Bank, Washington, D.C (2009); Moderne Afrikansu Kunst, Danish Center for Culture and Development, Copenhagen (2009); Mouling Matter, Pan African University, Lagos (2008); The Unbreakable Nigerian Spirit, Galarie 23, Amsterdam (2008); With A Human Face, Pan African University, Lagos (2006); Salt of the Earth, PACA Biennale, Alliance Francaise, Enugu (2004) and Awakened Instincts, Nimbus Art Center, Lagos (2003).

Serge Attukwei Clottey, Too far from home, 2017, Plastics, wires, and oil paint, 147.32 x 198