How does one re-construct familiar experiences when displaced? How does a subject negotiate their own baggage of cultural biases and prejudices with anxieties of belonging when in a foreign environment?
What are the psychic and/or physical barriers a subject needs to break through in order to assert themselves in a place of unfamiliar elements? What are the power relations this displacement produces?
Serge Attukwei Clottey deals with these questions in his performance “The Carbon Man”. The artist places his body in the anxious state of a subject inflicted with a crisis of identity who attempts to re-imagine what brings them close to a sense of home; and a sense of self to be able to deal with the prejudices conferred on them due to the act of migrating from one location to another.
By Serge Attukwei Clottey
About Serge Attukwei Clottey:
As a multi-disciplinary artist, his oeuvre has grown over the years to include painting, photography, performance, sculpture, and installation. His practice is steeped in experimentation, and his inquiries often begin from an earnest and self-critical position, probing further into questions of form and immateriality. Plastic containers are a ubiquitous sighting in the artist’s hometown of Labadi, an old Ga settlement in Ghana’s capital, Accra, located in close proximity to the Atlantic Coast.
He is working on showcasing his new collection, titled “The Displaced,” taking place in New York [October 24 – November 22 from 6-8pm] at 30, Archard Street, New York, 10002.