Serge Attukwei Clottey

Simchowitz

Biography

Serge Attukwei Clottey (b. 1985, Accra, Ghana) is an artist living and working in Accra,
Ghana. Working primarily in sculpture, photography, installation, and performance, Clottey
has received international acclaim and recognition for his radically unique revisioning of scrap
materials. Often working with readily-available discarded plastics found near his home of
Accra, Ghana, Clottey shapes, cuts, weaves, and binds refuse into vibrant and vital reimagined
art objects. Tactile and formally beautiful, Clottey’s sculptures, installations, garments and
masks point to the unabiding human need to create.

1985 Born in Accra, Ghana Lives & works in Accra, Ghana

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 Distinctive Gestures, Gallery 1957, London, UK
  • 2021 Beyond Skin, Simchowitz, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2020 Sensitive Balance, Gnyp, Berlin, Germany
  • 2020 Routes, The Mistake Room at The Platform, Culver City,
  • 2020 Los Angeles, CA
  • 2020 Adesa We, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA
  • 2019 Sometime In Your Life, Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
  • 2019 Solo Chorus, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2019 Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium Foundation,
  • 2019 Oslo, Norway
  • 2018 Solo presentation with Gallery 1957 at UNTITLED, Miami, FL
  • 2018 Differences Between, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2018 Defying the Narrative, Ever Gold [Projects], San
  • 2018 Francisco, CA
  • 2018 The Displaced, Gallery 1957 at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery,
  • 2018 Dubai, UAE
  • 2017 Gallery 1957 at Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2017 Gallery 1957 at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New
  • 2017 York, NY
  • 2017 Burning in Water w/ Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, New York, NY
  • 2016 My Mother’s Wardrobe, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
  • 2016 Hand to Mouth, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA
  • 2016 Earthly Conversations, GNYP Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 Solo presentation w/ Gallery 1957 at 1:54 Contemporary
  • 2016 African Art Fair, London, UK
  • 2015 The Displaced, Mesler/Feuer, New York, NY
  • 2008 Global Warming (Featured Project), British Council,
  • 2008 Accra, Ghana
  • 2008 Portrait of Accra, Junior Art Club Sponsorship, Bristol, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 La Condition Publique, Roubaix, France
  • 2021 Desert X, Curated by Cesar Garcia and Neville
  • 2021 Wakefield, Palm Desert, CA
  • 2021 Kugarisana, Simchowitz at Christie’s Beverly Hills, CA
  • 2020 Radical Revisionists, The Moody Center, Rice University,
  • 2020 Houston, TX
  • 2020 Materiality, Iziko South Africa National Gallery, Cape
  • 2020 Town, South Africa
  • 2019 Fabrica, Brighton Festival, UK
  • 2019 Tradition Interrupted, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 2018 Art Los Angeles Contemporary w/ Ever Gold [Projects],Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017 Dans Un Ciel Ensoleille, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017 Atsala Tsala (A Selection of Contemporary African Art),
  • 2017 Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
  • 2017 Untitled Group Show, Ibid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017 Group Show, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2016 Practical Common Sense, Chale Wote Street Art Festival,
  • 2016 Accra, Ghana
  • 2015 Spielzeiteröffnung 2015: We Don’t Contemporary Festival,Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015 What is Matter, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2015 The Silence of Ordinary Things, The Mistake Room, LosAngeles, CA
  • 2014 Colour Unfinished, 27th Festival Les Instants Vidéo,Marseille, France
  • 2014 Migration Messages, Collective Realities of African
  • 2014 Migration, Werkstätten-nd Kulturhaus, Vienna, Austria
  • 2014 Global Art Local View, European Monument Day, MohrVilla, Münich, Germany
  • 2014 MULTIPOINT, The International Art Symposium, Nitra,
  • 2014 Slovakia
  • 2014 African Contemporary Photography, The Auction Room &
  • 2014 Serge Attukwei Clottey
  • 2014 Ozwald Boateng, London, UK
  • 2014 Masked/Unmasked, DAK’ART – 11th Biennale de l’Art
  • 2014 Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal
  • 2014 ‘Colour Unfinished, Du Bois In Our Time II,’ University ofAmherst
  • 2014 Nubuke Foundation and the Du Bois Centre, Accra,Ghana
  • 2013 Muses, Goethe Institut, Accra, Ghana
  • 2013 Art Speaks, Werkstätten-und Kulturhaus, Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 Inside The Mosquito Net, Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana
  • 2013 We Are Africa, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
  • 2012 Time, Trade & Travel, Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, Denmark
  • 2012 The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Goethe Institut, Accra, Ghana
  • 2012 Alternative Independence Day Celebration, Freedom Tour, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
  • 2012 Inside The Mosquito Net, Brazil House, Jamestown, Ghana
  • 2011 Cultures in Confluence, Alliance Française & Goethe Institut, Accra, Ghana
  • 2011 Trash To Treasure, Alliance Française & Goethe Institut, Accra, Ghana
  • 2011 Climate Change, Caspar House, Accra, Ghana
  • 2009 Africa Show, African Contemporary Art, Naples, Italy
  • 2008 Untying the Human Spirit, CAN 2008, Goethe Institut,Accra, Ghana

Selected Biography

  • 2019 Caldwell, Erica. “To Go Local.” BOMB magazine, August
    26, 2019. https://bombmagazine.org/articles/to-golocal/
    Can, Gülnaz. “The Migration of Yellow Plastica Gallons.”
    Wall Street International Magazine, 29 April, 2019.
    https://wsimag.com/art/53038-the-migration-of-yellowplastic-gallons
    Donoghue, Katy. “Serge Attukwei Clottey Uses
    Performance to Address Political, Social, and Local
    Issues.” Whitewall, 3 April, 2019. https://www.whitewall.
    art/art/serge-attukwei-clottey-uses-performance-toaddress-political-social-and-local-issues
    Harpers Bazaar Arabia Art (cover), July, 2019.
  • 2018 Donoghoe, Katy. ‘SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY’S “TIME
    AFTER TIME”’,
    Whitewall Magazine. www.whitewall.art/art/sergeattukwei-clotteys-time-time
    Chase, Dylan. ‘If this jerrycan could talk’, Flaunt
    Magazine. www.flaunt.com/content/serge-clottey
    Gotthardt, Alexxa. ‘Serge Attukwei Clottey Is Creating
    a Real-Life Yellow Brick Road in Accra’, Artsy. www.
    artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-serge-attukwei-clotteycreating-real-life-yellow-brick-road-accra
    ‘In pictures: Follow Ghana’s ‘yellow-brick road’, BBC
    News. www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45836387
    ‘Ghanaian artist making art for Facebook HQ from plastic
    waste’, BBC World. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/
    p068w4j1
  • 2017 Nnadi, Chioma. ‘This Artist Is Wearing His Mother’s
    Clothing to Promote Social
    Change in Ghana’, Vogue Magazine. www.vogue.com/
    article/serge-attukwei-clottey-my-mothers-wardrobeproject
  • 2016 Frizzell, Nell. ‘Serge Attukwei Clottey: the artist urging
    African men to dress as Women’, The Guardian. www.
    theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/06/sergeattukwei-clottey-ghana-artist-dead-mothers-clothes
    Brownell Mitic, Ginanne. ‘Technology Expands the
    Serge Attukwei Clottey
    5
    World for African Artists’, The New York Times.
    www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/arts/international/
    technology-expands-the-world-for-african-artists.
    html?mwrsm=Email&_r=2
    ‘Can Art Change the World?’, BBC World Service. www.
    bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048sqjq/p048sqk4

Public collections

  • Kunstmuseum Arnhem, The Netherlands 
  • Modern Forms, UK 
  • Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana 
  • Seth Dei Foundation, Accra, Ghana 
  • The World Bank Collection, Washington D.C., 
  • US Facebook, Menlo Park, CA

Awards and honors

Doctor of Arts, University of Brighton, UK