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Serge Attukwei Clottey is known for work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across installation, performance, photography and sculpture, Serge explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. Serge refers to his work as “Afrogallonism,” a concept that confronts the question of material culture through the utilization of yellow gallon containers. In his most recent series of wall pieces, he utilizes flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tires, and wood pieces to form abstract formations onto which he inscribes patterns and text. In doing so, the artist elevates the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana’s informal economic system of trade and re-use. At the center of Serge’s engaged dialogue with Ghana’s cultural history is the notion of performance as a daily activity. In a personal work inspired by the aftermath of the death of his mother, the artist staged a performance exploring the concept of material possessions honoring women as the collectors and custodians of cloth that serves as signifiers of history and memory.