1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the galleries exhibiting in the fourth edition of the London fair, taking place in Somerset House from 6 – 9 October. 1:54 will showcase carefully selected and diverse presentations by 40 of the world’s leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art.
The 2016 edition of the fair will feature 40 galleries from 18 countries: Côte d’Ivoire; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Kenya; Morocco; Nigeria; Portugal; South Africa; Spain; Tunisia; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.
17 galleries will exhibit at the London fair for the first time in 2016: 50 Golborn; Addis Fine Art; AGorgi Contemporary Art Gallery; Barnard Gallery; Caroline Pagès Gallery; Galeria 111; Circle Art Gallery; Eric Hussenot Gallery; Gallery 1957; Gallery of African Art (GAFRA); Jenkins Johnson Gallery; L’Atelier 21; Officine dell’Immagine; Sulger-Buel Lovell; TAFETA; Tyburn Gallery; and Village Unhu.
Over the past four years 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art, and this year will spotlight the work of over 110 African and African Diasporan artists, working in various different mediums and coming from a unique spread of geographical backgrounds comprising 30 countries: Algeria; Benin; Cameroon; Côte d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; Russia; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sudan; Switzerland; Togo; Tunisia; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.
This year 1:54 will again be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events program, including lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar.
Full List of Participating Galleries:
50 Golborn (London, United Kingdom)
Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa)
AGorgi Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
APALAZZOGALLERY (Brescia, Italy)
Art Twenty One (Lagos, Nigeria)
ARTCO Gallery (Aachen, Germany)
ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
Axis Gallery (New York, United States)
Barnard Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)
Caroline Pagès Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal)http://www.1-54.com
CIRCA Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)
Eric Hussenot Gallery (Paris, France)
Galeri Mikael Anderson (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Galeria 111 (Lisbon, Portugal)
Galerie Anne De Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) (London, United Kingdom)
GVCC (Casablanca, Morocco)
Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Jenkins Johnson Gallery (New York/San Francisco, United States)
L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
Magnin-A (Paris, France)
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, United States)
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)
October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain)
Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
(S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
Sulger-Buel Lovell (London, United Kingdom)
TAFETA (London, United Kingdom)
Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom)
Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Village Unhu (Harare, Zimbabwe)
Voice Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)
For more information
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Date: 6–9 October 2016
Venue: Somerset House, London
Header image: Adejoke Tugbiyele (USA/Nigeria), Homeless Hungry Homo, 2014. Palm stems, Yarn, perforated metal, African mask, one dollar bills, 76 x 152 x 60 cm. Photo: Jonathan Greet
Title Image by Jack Bell Gallery via 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
- Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House for a third year (15 – 18 October 2015)
- Follows successful New York debut earlier this year
- Bigger than ever before, the fair will now feature 38 exhibitors to showcase work by more than 150 African artists across the East, West and South Wings
- An extensive programme of talks with thought-leaders from across the art world hosted by 1:54’s FORUM curated by Koyo Kouoh
Following a successful New York debut earlier this year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is set to return to London this October (15 – 18) to present its most substantial showcase yet. Taking place once again in the historic setting of Somerset House, the fair takes on an additional third wing this year and will feature 38 exhibitors representing more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora.
The fair will present an opportunity to discover and appreciate contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation with a cross-section of works from across the continent. Highlights of artists (and their galleries) include:
- Otobong Nkanga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – an Art Review FutureGreat
- Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery) – designing an in-situ installation for the gallery at the fair
- Ibrahim El Salahi (Vigo Gallery) – one of the leading figures that launched Tate modern’s outlook on African and Arab modernism with his inaugural exhibition “A Visionary Modernist”
- Athi-Patra Ruga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – winner, 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Performance Art
- Edson Chagas (APALAZZOGALLERY) – winnner of the Golden Lion with the Angolan Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale and soon to exhibit at MoMa.
- Other highlights of this year’s fair inlcude: Aboudia (Galerie Cecile Fakhoury), Boris Nzebo (Jack Bell Gallery), Gonçalo Mabunda (Jack Bell Gallery), Ibrahim Mahama (APALAZZOGALLERY), Meschac Gaba (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc), Romuald Hazoumè (October Gallery), Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (October Gallery), Virginia Chihota (Tiwani Contemporary)and many more.
Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1:54 says:
“It’s a great feeling to be announcing our return to London with a collection of galleries and artists of this calibre. The response to having doubled in size last year and debuted in New York has been overwhelming and as a result, some of the most inspiring contemporary artists from Africa will be represented at the fair. 1:54 London 2015 will continue to celebrate the diversity and growing popularity of art from Africa’s 54 countries and we hope that more people will visit and discover the quality of work being produced in the region and by its diaspora.”
As well as 32 galleries, 1:54 will feature four special projects and two solo shows including a unique lounge area designed by Hassan Hajjaj’s Morrocan based Larrache Studio. The individual shows include Kapwani Kiwanga’s Flowers for Africa, an exhibition celebrating the independence of the 54 African countries through the reproduction of flower arrangements and a Kinshasa street life photography exhibition by Congolese artist Kiripi Katembo.
Over the past three years, 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice on contemporary African art. 1:54 will host its hugely popular FORUM programme – a three-day critical conversations series comprising of artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Companyand curator of 2016 EVA International,Ireland’s Biennial. With a focus on North Africa this year,discussion topics will include the current trajectories of contemporary African artistic production and practice. The conversations will explore the cultural diversity of artistic traditions that form the rich universe of the African experience.
The fair will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects (Rashid Ali). RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings of Somerset House.
Online platform Artsy will be producing an extensive digital catalogue of the fair at Artsy.net and on the Artsy iPhone app making it possible to experience the fair around the world.
List of exhibitors
Art Twenty One, Lagos
ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
Axis Gallery, New York
CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
Ed Cross Fine Art, London
Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris
Galerie MAM, Douala
GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg
Galleri Flach, Stockholm
In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris
Jack Bell Gallery, London
Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town
KooVha Gallery, Harare
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle
October Gallery, London
Omenka Gallery, Lagos
Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis
Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda
Tiwani Contemporary, London
Vigo Gallery, London
BASMOCA (Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
Hassan Hajjaj, Larrache Studio, Marrakech
Qubeka Bead Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
For more information
WHERE: London, South bank
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
WHEN: August, 2015
WHEN: 21st May -19th July 2014
Gallery of African Art
9 Cork Street,
London W1S 3LL.
Tel: +44(0)207 287 7400
Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm
HOUSE 2014 PRESENTS YINKA SHONIBARE MBE : THE BRITISH LIBRARY AT THE OLD REFERENCE LIBRARY, BRIGHTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
3rd May – 25 May 2014
A HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival co-commission
Yinka Shonibare MBE’s new site-specific installation explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge.
Brighton Museum’s Old Reference Library becomes a repository for those, both celebrated and unfamiliar, who as immigrants to this country, made unique contributions to what we regard as ‘British’ culture. Filled with books colourfully bound in Shonibare’s trademark wax cloth (itself a cross-cultural hybrid of Indonesian design and Dutch manufacture), the gold embossed spines identify individuals such as T.S. Eliot, Henry James, Hans Holbein, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zaha Hadid, Mick Jagger, Darcey Bussell, George Frideric Handel, Hammasa Kohistani, Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher, Amartya Sena, Anish Kapoor and many more.
Yinka Shonibare MBE’s work makes visible the cultural influences of colonisation and explores the rich complexity of post-colonial cultures. The British Library asks us to evaluate our attitudes to immigration and immigrants.
The Old Reference Library
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE
Sat 3- Sun 25 May
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday
10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays, 10am – 5pm)
Only a few days left! Check it out!
Government Service Centre
WHERE: Boston, Massachusetts
This building used as the Police HQ in one of my favourite movies ‘The Departed‘ and it was really pretty cool to see it in the flesh.
Sokari Douglas Camp is a sculptor who works primarily in steel. She was born in 1958 in the Kalabari town of Buguma in southern Nigeria. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, earned her BA degree at the Central School of Art and Design, London and her MA from the Royal College of Art. Douglas Camp now lives in London with her husband, Alan Camp who is an architect.
Douglas Camp is internationally recognised for her large-scale sculptures in steel which has led to her work being acquired by various institutions like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the British Museum in London, Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo and so on, all for their permanent collections.
She has been awarded many commissions for public memorial sculptures, most notably the “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa. In 2003 her proposal NO-O-War No-O-War-R was shortlisted for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth. In 2005, Douglas Camp was awarded a CBE in recognition of her contribution to the arts.
Please have a look at the beautiful stories told by this artist.
For more information on Sokari Douglas camp visit: www.sokari.co.uk/
Boston City Hall
WHERE: Boston, Massachusetts
COUNTRY: North America
During last week’s Social Media Week, I finally got round to visiting Nike Art Gallery in Lekki. I loved it. It was full of what I can only refer to as treasure! A fantastic array of African art all under one roof.
Sculpture, painting, metalwork; it had everything. I can certainly not do it just in words so here are a few pictures. There are four levels to discover new favourites. I don’t think it’s a one day only type of visit. I spent quite some time but will definitely be back to take more of it in.
On the tour we were introduced to many new artists on the scene as well as some of the old masters. I will look further into their work and write about some of them in later posts. One of my personal favourites was Joseph Eze, whose work I have seen before but I was unable to identify.
He does these beautiful women with threaded hair. They are beautifully adorned and interestingly each and every symbol/motif on the canvases has a meaning. I will explore further!
In the meantime, if you are in Lagos make sure you visit!Address: 2 Lekki-Epe Expy, Lekki, Nigeria Phone:+234 813 154 8613 Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm website: www.nikeartcenters.com/
Perhaps it is the architect in me that references Piet Mondrian. I am not claiming to be an artistic genius mind you, but I really do love the boldness of simplicity, stripes and block colours. Sometimes though, we have to add that extra dash of colour.
So check out our latest cushions or throw pillows as they seem to be called across the Atlantic. The Zebra Pop Cushions are made in Aso-oke our beloved woven textile from Southern Nigeria.
I am often asked which is my favourite Urbanknit bag or scarf and I always think that is like asking which is my favourite child! Still, this collection I LOVE.