Serge Attukwei Clottey

Biography / CV

Serge Attukwei Clottey (b. 1985) is known for his work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across installation, performance, photography and sculpture, Clottey explores narratives of personal, family and collective histories often relating to trade and migration. Based in Accra and working internationally, Clottey, the creator of Afrogallonism, an artistic concept that comments on consumption within modern Africa through the utilization of yellow gallon containers. Through cutting, drilling, stitching and melting found materials, Clottey’s sculptural installations are bold assemblages that act as a means of inquiry into questions of form and history. As the founder of Ghana’s GoLokal performance collective, Clottey sees art as a way to transform society. With aspects of activism prevalent in his practice, his works challenge convention and advocate the importance of creativity.

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2017

https://www.vogue.com/article/serge-attukwei-clottey-my-mothers-wardrobe-project
October 20, 2017. Nnadi, Chioma

Photostory: Serge Attukwei Clottey http://www.vogue.it/en/photography/photostories/2017/09/10/serge-attukwei-clottey-by-stefan-simchowitz/
September 10, 2017. Simchowitz, Stefan

culturebox – Les artistes africains à la conquête de Paris
May 04, 2017. Culturebox

Artnet
April 07, 2017. Cascone, Sarah

Handelsblatt – Afrikas vernetzte Bildwelten
April 02, 2017. Grimm-Weissert, Olga

Vogue.fr – L’Afrique à l’honneur d’Art Paris Art Fair 2017
March 29, 2017. Garrigues, Manon

connaissance des arts - Quand les bus font découvrir l’art contemporain aux Parisiens
March 24, 2017. Dreux-Brézé, Élodie de

studio international – Serge Attukwei Clottey: ‘My body is part of my work’s mystery’
March 17, 2017. McNay, Anna

Artnet
Spring 2017

Sleek – The Artist Critiquing Voting Systems through Performance Art
Winter/Spring 2017. Fernandez, Mariana

2016

Anoghana – My Mother’s Wardrobe, Exhibition with Serge Attukwei Clottey at Gallery 1957, Accra, 2016
2016

Art in Berlin
Fall 2016

Contemporary And
Fall 2016

The Guardian – ‘Serge Attukwei Clottey: the artist urging African men to dress as women’
October 06, 2016. Frizzell, Nell

Griot Mag – Afrogallonism | A day in Serge Attukwei Clottey’s studio
October 02, 2016. Olde Rikkert, Evi

sfaq.us – ‘Serge Attukwei Clottey / Hand to Mouth’
Spring 2016. Ever Gold Projects

artforum
artforum Spring 2016. Sachs, Danica

Square Cylinder
March 31, 2016. Gipe, Lawrence

The Guardian – ‘The Ghanaian turning thousands of discarded plastic bottles into art’
March 31, 2016. Jansen, Charlotte

Guiness New Africa Special
March 29, 2016. Guinness Africa

NY Times – ‘Technology Expands the World for African Artists’
March 24, 2016. Brownell Mitic, Ginanne

ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY’S THERAPY FOR DEATH AND LONGING SF Weekly – ‘Minnesota Street Project: The Counter-Revolutionists’ Gallery’
March 23, 2016. Curiel, Jonathan

http://accradotaltradio.com/2016/03/attukwei-clotteys-therapy-for-death-and-longing/
March 2016. Tait-Bailey, Liza

2015

CNN – ‘Dystopian dreams: artists draw, design and stage a dark future’
November 12, 2015. Worley, Will

Autre – Art in the age of Afrogallonism
October 26, 2015. Pauley, Adriana

Designindaba
September 17, 2015; August 25, 2015. Khumo Sebambo

Creators
August 26, 2015. McCool, Alice

okayafrica
February 19, 2015. Mmonatau, Natasha

2012

Zenmagazineafrica

  1. Arinze Nwokolo

Exhibitions

2017

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré & Serge Attukwei Clottey, Burning in Water, New York Untitled Group Show, Ibid Gallery, Los Angeles
Dans Un Ciel Ensoleille, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles
Astala Tsala, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad

2016

My Mother’s Wardrobe, Gallery 1957, Accra
10th year anniversary exhibition, Nubuke Foundation, Accra
Hand to Mouth, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco
Practical Common Sense, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Jamestown, Accra
Earthly Conversations, GNYP Gallery, Berlin

2015

We Don’t Contemporary, Kampnagel Hamburg
What is Matter, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing
Silence Of An Ordinary Things, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
The Displaced, Feuer/Mesler, New York

2014

Color Unfinished, 27th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille
Migration Messages, Collective Realities of African Migration, WUK, Vienna
Global Art Local View, European Monument Day, Mohr Villa, Munich
MULTIPOINT International art Symposium, Nitra
The Auction Room — African Contemporary Photography, Ozwald Boateng, London
Masked Unmasked, 11th Dakart, Dakar
Du Bois In Our Time II ‘Colour Unfinished’, University of Amherst, Massachusetts and Nubuke Foundation

2013

Muses, Goethe Institute, Accra
Art Speaks, Residency at Wuk, Vienna
Du Bois in our Time I ‘Colour Unfinished’, University of Amherst, Massachusetts and Nubuke Foundation
Insidethemoskitonet, Alliance Française, Accra
We Are Africa, Nubuke Foundation, Accra

2012

whose puppet are you?, performance, Accra
Time, Trade & Travel, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam and Nubuke Foundation, Accra
The Beautiful ones are not yet born, Goethe Institut, Accra
Alternative Independence Day Celebration, Freedom Tour, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
Inside The Mosquito Net, Brazil House Jamestown, Accra

2011

Cultures in Confluence, Alliance Française & Goethe Institut, Accra
Trash to Treasure, chale wote street art festival, Accra

2010

Climate Change, Caspar House, Accra
Portrait of Ghana, The Drum Ace Café, Birmingham, UK
My Life, Charity Photo Show, W.E.B. Dubois Memorial Centre, Accra and Haverford College, Pennsylvania

2009

Africa Show, African Contemporary Art, Naples

2008

Global Warming, Featured Project, British Council, Accra
Portrait of Accra, Junior Art Club sponsorship, Bristol

2008

Untying the Human Spirit, CAN 2008, Goethe Institute, Accra

2003

Different Strokes, The Loom African Gallery, Accra

Exhibitions at GNYP

Earthly Conversation – opening 22 October till 3rd of December.

Works

Keeping conditions, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 63 x 86 in

Keeping conditions, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 63 x 86 in

Obsessive admiration, 2016, Plastics, wire and spray paint, 45 x 64 in

Obsessive admiration, 2016, Plastics, wire and spray paint, 45 x 64 in

Preventable accident, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 72 x 50 in

Preventable accident, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 72 x 50 in

Respect for a custom, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 78 x 79 in

Respect for a custom, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 78 x 79 in

Dolorous songs, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 64 x 56 in

Dolorous songs, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 64 x 56 in

Voices demanding, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 64 x 64 in

Voices demanding, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 64 x 64 in

Forward as sensible people, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 65 x 85 in

Forward as sensible people, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 65 x 85 in

Sensationalism and heated emotions, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 75 x 77 in

Sensationalism and heated emotions, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 75 x 77 in

Respectful dialogue I, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 62 x 122 in

Respectful dialogue I, 2016, Plastics, wire and oil paint, 62 x 122 in

Social Sculpture, 2016, 70.75 x 47 in

Social Sculpture, 2016, 70.75 x 47 in

Brown envelope or romance, 2016, Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 51 x 46 in

Brown envelope or romance, 2016, Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 51 x 46 in

Election brainstorming, 2016, Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 58 x 40 in

Election brainstorming, 2016, Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 58 x 40 in

Awaiting, 2016, Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 58 x 40 in

Awaiting, 2016, Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 58 x 40 in

Volunteers abroad, 2016 Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 58 x 40 in

Volunteers abroad, 2016 Charcoal, acrylic on paper, 58 x 40 in