The first in a series of film portraits, both archive and catalyst, documenting artists from Ghana and its Diasporas.
Serge Attukwei Clottey’s performance work, expressed collectively through the group GoLokal, straddles the fields of art and social theatre. Reminiscent of the poets of the classical Apaeɛ, who had the freedom to critique and satirise authority within performance, as well as of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and Bertold Brecht’s dialectical theatre.
Independence Day, shown here, looks atthe irony of government’s failure to supply basic needs on a day of national celebration. Earlier pieces like The Election critique government bribery and youth coercion during the last election. Europe in the Eyes of Africa satirises the generalised and relative freedom Europeans enjoy in Africa versus restrictions of Africans in Europe. Using sculpture, painting, and design, he manages to create an embodied critique that quietly, playfully, provokes and subverts.