Gallery 1957 announced today that it is expanding its activities and has opened a second space in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The nearly 2,400-square-foot exhibition and project space is located in Galleria Mall. It was inaugurated with a solo exhibition by British Ghanaian artist Godfried Donkor, “The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817.” Curated by Koyo Kouoh, the show will run until October 30.
“The new space allows for larger-scale presentations by the gallery’s expanding roster of West African artists,” Gallery 1957 said in a statement. Upcoming exhibitions include a collaborative project between artist Paa Joe and performance artist Elisabeth Efua Sutherland, which will kickoff on November 21, coinciding with Paa Joe’s seventieth birthday.
Founded by Marwan Zakhem, Gallery 1957, which was named after the year Ghana gained independence, opened its first space at the Kempinski Hotel in 2016. Since then it has presented a program of exhibitions, installations, and performances that aim to expand conversations around contemporary art in West Africa.