Juxtapoz Magazine – The Storytellers @ Gallery 1957, London


Gallery 1957 is proud to current The Storytellers a team present that includes new works by: Annan Affotey, Patrick Alston, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Tiffanie Delune, Godfried Donkor, Salah Elmur, Gustavo Nazareno, Joshua Oheneba-Takyi, Yaw Owusu, Lauren Pearce, Afia Prempeh, Arthur Timothy, and Nadia Waheed. The clearly show operates at Gallery 1957 London from the 26th May perhaps – 9th July 2022.

The artwork of storytelling operates deep in any culture. Even in advance of the published word, the oral tradition of telling tales and activities to one’s group was a way to develop solidarity among a supplied individuals, provide steerage and inspiration. It was an intrinsic aspect of standard everyday living. Utilizing gestures and impersonations, a master storyteller would expose to the viewers critical facets of historical past, day by day life and the latest occasions, celebrating heroism, failures, enjoy and victories – all with the facet of instructing and commemorating essential moments from a society’s shared background. It was a way to protect one’s background, collective and personal id.

Who are the storytellers these days and how do they notify their tales? The is effective in the team show The Storytellers, which characteristics new get the job done by 13 artists doing the job throughout the globe, reveal how today’s storytellers are also artists. They convey to tales by visible depictions in both summary and realistic variety, relaying to the audience not only a particular or collective tale in time, but the psychological practical experience undergone for the duration of that moment. The tales that are portrayed below are people that the artist tells their family, close friends and public and the activities preserved through their art conjure up recollections of fears, yearnings, joy and decline. The artist storytellers whose do the job is offered in this exhibition depict a desire and require to document and hold on to modern day everyday living in flux, in the course of a time of terrific improve. 

Their poignant portrayals, the majority of which are done on canvas with a couple in multimedia, convey to tales of profound personal and collective reflection by way of sensible depictions akin to images them selves, when in others by abstract and expressionistic portrayals that serve to showcase heightened emotional states surrounding a individual occasion or specific. In some cases, like in the do the job of Sudanese Salah Elmur, identified for his endearing painted depictions of figures often from his childhood, storytelling is about remembering private and community anecdotes about certain moments in time. Meanwhile, diaspora artists these as Patrick Alston, operating in the United States reveals his tales by way of edgy summary canvases and that of Brazilian Gustavo Nazareno is affected by Afro-Brazilian religions that continue to be practiced currently and Tiffanie Delune’s transfixing summary canvases that undertaking her private trauma and childhood activities as if striving to mend, master and train a thing in the system of telling these tales. In Lauren Pearce’s large multi-media performs and out of doors murals, developed in vibrant colors and which render at moments portraits and other instances abstracted subjects check out her identity and community. Lastly, Nadia Waheed’s do the job examines storytelling in a world wide and multicultural dialogue – much agent of the artist herself who was born to Pakistani dad and mom in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia and lived and practiced in France, Egypt, Pakistan and now the US. Waheed now employs her international exposure to lay bare the intricacies of her female id by significant-scale allegorical figurative paintings, telling tales as an agency to hook up with herself and the broader entire world. 

The artists offered in the exhibition The Storytellers do accurately this. The breadth of artistry on exhibit in this team show testifies to the numerous contemporary artists now doing work out of Ghana in a range of types and mediums. From Afia Prempeh’s haunting real looking portrayals of Ghanaian girls with their heightened focus to depth to Annan Affotey’s piercing portraits of Ghana’s males and women Serge Attukwei Clottey’s poignant summary expressionist paintings with their highly effective figures Yaw Owusu’s placing and scintillating mixed-media ensembles that appear to demarcate Ghana’s social and political systems Godfried Donkor’s meticulously rendered figures that examine the socio-historic interactions between West Africa and Europe Arthur Timothy, whose sensible canvases relay personalized and collective recollections surrounding significant situations getting position around the time of Ghana’s independence and Joshua Oheneba-Takyi, a youthful Ghanaian painter whose storytelling can be located in the way he merges summary and realism – leaving the narration of each individual canvas within just the subjective realm and open to the spectator’s have strategies of what stories he is hoping to inform.  

The artists in this show document as a result of their functions the vibrant mosaic of their personal assorted up to date culture and earlier histories, resurrecting the every day individual and his and her tales to a regional and intercontinental viewers.


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