Juxtapoz Magazine – The Storytellers @ Gallery 1957, London


Gallery 1957 is proud to current The Storytellers a team demonstrate that includes new operates 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 display runs at Gallery 1957 London from the 26th May – 9th July 2022.

The art of storytelling runs deep in any culture. Even prior to the penned term, the oral custom of telling tales and encounters to one’s local community was a way to construct solidarity amid a supplied men and women, supply direction and inspiration. It was an intrinsic facet of classic lifetime. Employing gestures and impersonations, a master storyteller would expose to the audience essential factors of record, daily existence and the latest situations, celebrating heroism, failures, adore and victories – all with the aspect of teaching and commemorating crucial moments from a society’s shared heritage. It was a way to preserve one’s background, collective and particular id.

Who are the storytellers right now and how do they inform their tales? The functions in the team show The Storytellers, which characteristics new function by 13 artists doing work throughout the globe, display how today’s storytellers are also artists. They explain to stories via visual depictions in the two summary and practical sort, relaying to the audience not only a personal or collective tale in time, but the psychological expertise been through throughout that second. The tales that are portrayed in this article are those people that the artist tells their household, good friends and community and the experiences preserved as a result of their art conjure up recollections of fears, yearnings, pleasure and reduction. The artist storytellers whose perform is offered in this exhibition depict a need and need to document and maintain on to present-day lifetime in flux, all through a time of excellent improve. 

Their poignant portrayals, the bulk of which are finished on canvas with a several in multimedia, notify tales of profound individual and collective reflection via sensible depictions akin to photographs on their own, even though in other folks through abstract and expressionistic portrayals that serve to showcase heightened psychological states surrounding a individual function or particular person. In some conditions, like in the perform of Sudanese Salah Elmur, recognized for his endearing painted depictions of figures usually from his childhood, storytelling is about remembering particular and community anecdotes about individual times in time. Meanwhile, diaspora artists these types of as Patrick Alston, working in the United States reveals his tales by means of edgy summary canvases and that of Brazilian Gustavo Nazareno is influenced by Afro-Brazilian religions that keep on to be practiced currently and Tiffanie Delune’s transfixing abstract canvases that undertaking her private trauma and childhood ordeals as if attempting to recover, master and train one thing in the system of telling these tales. In Lauren Pearce’s substantial multi-media performs and outside murals, developed in vibrant colours and which render at occasions portraits and other occasions abstracted topics discover her identification and local community. And finally, Nadia Waheed’s operate examines storytelling in a world and multicultural dialogue – significantly consultant of the artist herself who was born to Pakistani mom and dad in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia and lived and practiced in France, Egypt, Pakistan and now the US. Waheed now employs her world-wide publicity to lay bare the intricacies of her woman id via huge-scale allegorical figurative paintings, telling tales as an agency to hook up with herself and the broader planet. 

The artists presented in the exhibition The Storytellers do accurately this. The breadth of artistry on exhibit in this team display testifies to the many up to date artists now doing the job out of Ghana in a range of styles and mediums. From Afia Prempeh’s haunting practical portrayals of Ghanaian gals with their heightened interest to detail to Annan Affotey’s piercing portraits of Ghana’s guys and women Serge Attukwei Clottey’s poignant abstract expressionist paintings with their effective figures Yaw Owusu’s striking and scintillating mixed-media ensembles that appear to demarcate Ghana’s social and political systems Godfried Donkor’s meticulously rendered figures that take a look at the socio-historical relationships among West Africa and Europe Arthur Timothy, whose real looking canvases relay individual and collective recollections surrounding crucial gatherings using area around the time of Ghana’s independence and Joshua Oheneba-Takyi, a younger Ghanaian painter whose storytelling can be uncovered in the way he merges abstract and realism – leaving the narration of each canvas inside of the subjective realm and open to the spectator’s personal tips of what stories he is striving to convey to.  

The artists in this show document as a result of their works the vibrant mosaic of their have assorted modern society and past histories, resurrecting the everyday person and his and her tales to a area and intercontinental viewers.


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