“The Wishing Well” is the title of Serge Attukwei Clottey‘s new installation, created in the Coachella Valley in southern California for the latest edition of Desert X – the contemporary art biennial scheduled to run from 12 March to 16 May 2021.
The works featured at this year’s festival include interventions that ask urgent questions about the past while imagining new possibilities for the future.
For the occasion, Serge Attukwei Clottey has decided to pursue Afrogallonism, an ongoing art project that explores the socio-political, economic, environmental and cultural legacies of the African colonial project.
“The Wishing Well” consists of two imposing cubes covered in yellow plastic, material recovered from the waste of Kufuor gallons, jerrycans used in Ghana for transporting water and brought to the country by British settlers.
The Kufuor containers are still a constant reminder of the legacy of the colonial empire and their use in the installation serves both to criticise the effects of colonialism on the country’s economic and social system and to highlight the water insecurity that extends across the continent.
The two yellow cubes tower over the desert landscape of the Coachella Valley and, as they attempt to respond to the climate crisis, they stand in a place where the future is deeply dependent on water.
“The Wishing Well” creates a dialogue about our tomorrow and is a reminder of how the past violently manifests itself in the present.
See some pictures of the installation here and find out more on the Desert X website.