Desert X 2021: “The Wishing Well” by Serge Attukwei Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey’s massive installation was created using woven pieces of recycled yellow plastic Kufuor gallons once used to transport water in Ghana.

“As repurposed relics of the colonial project, they serve as a constant reminder of the legacies of empire and of global movements for environmental justice.

The Wishing Well refers to the wells to which many people around the world must trek daily, sometimes many miles, to access water.

A close-up of the assembled Kufuor gallons, or jerrycans, Europeans introduced to the people of Ghana to transport cooking oil.