Current Affairs

Serge Attukwei Clottey

18 April - 27 May 2019


Incredibly beautiful, yet politically charged, Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey’s large-scale
Afrogallonism pieces are meticulously fashioned from discarded 20 – 25 litre yellow jerry cans. These
vessels, imported into Ghana from Europe carrying fuel oil, are often repurposed to carry potable
water by people struggling with Ghana’s water shortages. This unhealthy practice was especially true
during the era of President Kufuor (giving them the popular local name ‘Kufuor gallon’). Attukwei
Clottey’s use of these plastic cans in his art touches on global issues of plastic waste and access to
basic services, but also promotes his greater philosophy of exploring personal and political narratives
rooted in histories of colonialism, trade and migration. Taking over Fabrica’s spacious unconverted
Regency chapel, the exhibition also highlights Attukwei Clottey’s twin roles as artist and community
activist, and presents his film and performance work.

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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.  More info: gallery1957


18 April - 27 May
Wed - Sat, 1 - 6 pm

Sun & Bank Holidays 2 - 6 pm

Private View Thursday 18 April, 6- 9pm



26 April & 24 May, 7 pm - late 

Relax with a cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere of being surrounded by world class installations

More info HERE

DISCUSSION: Conversation Piece : Logistics and Power

29 April, 1.30 - 3 pm 

A relaxed and engaging discussion inspired by our current exhibition and led by artist Lorenza Ippolito. Refreshments provided. 


OUTING: Going To See Culture Together at Fabrica

30 April, 2 - 3 pm

Going to See Culture Together is a monthly outing to a cultural venue. In April the group will visit Fabrica’s new Brighton Festival exhibition.


DISCUSSION: A Place at the Table - Adam Mvuh and Monika-Akila Richards

18 May, 3.30 pm

This intimate discussion for a small audience brings the personal stories of artists and activists into the gallery, enabling you to hear their stories at firsthand and ask questions. Adam Mvuh is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the community in Gambia. Monika-Akila Richards is a spoken word poet and writer based in Brighton & Hove.



TALK: Creative Catalyst: art for a sustainable future 

22 May, 7 pm 

Co curated by Fabrica and University of Brighton Responsible Futures

Serge Attukwei Clottey’s twin role as a artist and community activist will be explored as part of a panel discussion.

£6.43 – £11.67, Book HERE

ARTIST TALK: Serge Attukwei Clottey

23 May, 7.30 pm

Exhibiting artist Serge Attukwei Clottey will present a slide presentation about his work, his working methods and his motivation as an artist

£4.33 – £6.43, Book HERE

PERFORMANCE: Serge Attukwei Clottey and GoLokal 

25 May, 7 pm

Co curated by Fabrica and University of Brighton Responsible Futures

In this one-off, improvised performance the artist and GoLokal will respond to the the site and context of Fabrica, the city and the politics of the current time.

£4.33 – £6.43, Book HERE

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