Serge Attukwei Clottey, Choosing a recovery, 2017, Plastic, wire and oil paint, 121 x 208 cm. Courtesy Gallery 1957
Serge Attukwei Clottey, Choosing a recovery, 2017, Plastic, wire and oil paint, 121 x 208 cm. Courtesy Gallery 1957 

Serge Attukwei Clottey’s work examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across artistic mediums and techniques, Attukwei Clottey explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. His Sex and Politics series began late in 2016 at the peak of campaigning for Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections. With this series, Attukwei Clottey addresses the issues of abuse of power amongst the political elite, more specifically how sex is traded as a form of currency and means of control.

Within the visual language of the series, motifs such as masks appear regularly – a reference to clandestine acts with nefarious gains. Further references are made to sex organs in solidarity of the plight of the LGBT community in Ghana and further afield. Selected exhibitions include My Mother’s Wardrobe, Gallery 1957, Accra (2016) and Hand to Mouth, Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco (2016).