Clottey, Serge Attukwei
Born in 1985 in Accra, Ghana. Lives and works in Accra, Ghana
Serge Attukwei Clottey examines the agency of mundane objects. Working across installation, performance, photography, and sculpture, he explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. He refers to his work as “Afrogallonism,” questioning material culture by manipulating yellow gallon containers. Cutting, drilling, stitching, and melting found materials, his sculptural installations question the languages of form and abstraction. Utilising flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tires, and wood pieces, he creates abstract formations inscribed with patterns and text, elevating the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana’s informal economic system of trade and re-use. He is influenced by Kente textiles, barcodes, and Chinese characters, referring to power structures in Ghana. His drawings take a formalist approach, depicting disjointed figures and faces. Exploring ideas of gender roles, family, ancestry, and spirituality through performance, his work is the intersection of making and action, drawing on his immediate and ever-changing environment.
Serge Attukwei Clottey, Throughout time, 2020, Acrylics and charcoal on paper, Framed: 80.5 x 80.5 x 5 cm. Courtesy of Gallery 1957.|Serge Attukwei Clottey, Choosing a recovery, 2017, Plastic, wire and oil paint, 121 x 208 cm. Courtesy Gallery 1957||Serge Attukwei Clottey, Cause the stir, 2020, Duck tape, graphite on cork board, 36 x 24 in, Courtesy of Gallery 1957

Artists 2016