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An Evening with Serge Attukwei Clottey


Apr 23 2019


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


NorthStar Church of the Arts

220 W Geer St, Durham, NC 27701

An Evening with Serge Attukwei Clottey

An Evening with Serge Attukwei Clottey

Fashion Walk, Live Performance, Panel Discussion & Photography Exhibit

Come downtown for a celebration of creative self-expression through multimedia arts! The evening’s events at NorthStar Church of the Arts will include a fashion procession, a live performance by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey, a discussion about African art and expression with Clottey, Fati Abubakar, and Siddhartha Mitter, and the unveiling of Fati Abubakar’s newest photography exhibit “Textiling.”

5 pm — Fashion Procession on West Geer Street

Join students from Duke and Durham as they model found materials, heritage threads, and recycled and upcycled clothing that tell stories about who they are. We invite you to tell your own story, confront politics, translate tradition, embrace your present, and/or express your vision of the future through body art, clothing, and adornment. Check out Serge Attukwei Clottey on Instagram (@afrogallonism and #sergeattukweiclottey) for inspiration and let your own imagination be your guide. We’ll gather in front of Cocoa Cinnamon at 420 West Geer Street at 5 pm. The procession will begin at 5:15 and lead to NorthStar Church of the Arts.

6 pm — Art Performance by Serge Attukwei Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey will perform a piece inspired by his notable work, My Mother’s Wardrobe, which uses performance to explore traditional gender roles along with notions of family, ancestry, and spirituality. My Mother’s Wardrobe was conceived in the aftermath of the death of his own mother and honors women as the collectors and custodians of the cloth that serves as signifiers of history and memory.

6:15 pm — Panel Discussion with Serge Attukwei Clottey and Fati Abubakar, Moderated by Siddhartha Mitter

Journalist Siddhartha Mitter moderates a free, public conversation with Clottey and acclaimed Nigerian photojournalist Fati Abubakar about art, fashion, music, and self-expression in Africa today.

7:15 pm – Tour the Exhibit “Textiling” by Fati Abubakar

“Textiling,” a photography exhibit by Fati Abubakar, captures how Duke students use fashion and family textiles to honor and safeguard their African heritages. The exhibit will be on view at NorthStar Church of the Arts for one evening only on April 23, 2019.

Flyer - An Evening with Serge Attukwei Clottey

Flyer - An Evening with Serge Attukwei Clottey

This event is sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics and is made possible with support by SwitchPoint 2019, NorthStar Church of the Arts, Durham School of the Arts, Duke’s Africa Initiative, the Duke mfa|eda Program, African and African American Studies at Duke, and the Center for Arts, Digital Culture, and Entrepreneurship at Duke.


Serge Attukwei Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey is known for work that examines the powerful agency of everyday objects. Working across installation, performance, photography, and sculpture, Clottey explores personal and political narratives rooted in histories of trade and migration. Based in Accra and working internationally, Clottey refers to his work as "Afrogallonism," a concept…...

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Fati Abubakar

Fati Abubakar is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and public health worker from Nigeria. She specializes in documenting cities and towns, highlighting both the positives and negatives of each location. She focuses on health perspectives, using photography as a medium to highlight problems at the community level. She also has an…...

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Siddhartha Mitter

Siddhartha Mitter is a freelance journalist in New York City and a regular contributor to The Village Voice and the Boston Globe. Mitter has also had bylines in Chamber Music, Foreign Policy, The Guardian (UK), Quartz, Scroll (India), and The Wire (India), and contributes to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the publications of Teachers College and Columbia…...

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