1:54. London and its new Contemporary African Art Fair!

We are only one week ahead before the opening of 1:54, the first Contemporary African Art Fair to be held in London (Somerset House).
Exhibitors list's include 17 international galleries with a focus on African and Africa related projects.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair - Ransome Stanley, the purpose, 2012, oil on canvas
Ransome Stanley, The Purpose, 2012
The name of the Fair refers to the 54 African countries.
Fair Founder and Director is Touria El Glaoui, daughter of Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui. She is supported by an extraordinary team: Architect David Adjaye made the design and Koyo Kouoh is the Artistic Director.
Otobong Nkanga

With aim to foster an axis for ideas, exchange and debate, 1:54 Forum will act as the theoretical substructure to 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The programme curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director of 1:54 and Founder of Raw Material Company) will encompass keynote lectures, artist talks, panel discussions and associate film programme, traversing critical themes and perspectives within the sphere of contemporary art, its market and institutions.
The full schedule for 1:54 Forum is as follows:

Wednesday 16 October.
13.30 – 14.30 Opening Panel:
Stefano Rabolli Pansera (Co-Curator, Angola Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator International Art, Tate Modern, London) and Edson Chagas (Artist, winner of the Golden Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale for the Angola Pavilion) examine contemporary African art in the international arena. Hosted by Koyo Kouoh.

15.00 – 15.20 Market, Economies & Galleries: The Genesis of New Markets: Paul Hewitt (Managing Director of Christie’s Growth Markets) will discuss the nascence of new markets with a focus on emerging economies. Organised in collaboration with Christie’s.

15.30 – 17.00 Market, Economies & Galleries: Building Appreciation: Joëlle le Bussy (Director, Galerie Arte, Dakar), Maria Varnava (Director, Tiwani Contemporary, London) and Imane Farès (Director, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris) will convey their expertise on the current status of the market within and outside Africa and bring to light the artists that they closely support.

Thursday 17 October.
13.30 – 14.30 Market, Economies & Galleries: Exploring New Territories: Antonia Carver (Director, Art Dubai, Dubai), Bisi Silva (Director, Center for Contemporary Art Lagos, Lagos) and Chab Touré (Director, Carpe Diem, Ségou) reflect on introducing contemporary African art in the Middle East through MARKER at Art Dubai 2013. Hosted by Valerie Kabov (Co-Founder and Director of Education and International Projects, First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare).

15.00 – 15.45 Artist Talks: Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Otobong Nkanga.

16.00 – 16.45 Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Godfried Donkor.

17.00 – 17.45 Christine Eyene in conversation with Senam Okudzeto on gender, feminism and identity in her practice.

Friday 18 October.
13.30 – 14.30 Book Launch: Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa: Introduction and conversation between Koyo Kouoh and Zineb Sedira on the stimulating development of private artistic initiatives and the thriving community of independent art centres. Hosted by Christine Eyene (Art Critic, Curator and Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art, University of Central Lancashire). Organised in collaboration with Raw Material Company with the support of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Goethe-Institut and Arts Collaboratory.

15.00 – 15.25 Private & Public Collections: Building an African Collection of Contemporary Art: Keynote: Sindika Dokolo (Founder, Foundation Sindika Dokolo, Luanda).

15.30 – 16.20 Private & Public Collections: Building an African Collection of Contemporary Art: Bassam Chaïtou (Founder, Collection Chaïtou, Dakar) and Robert Devereux (Founder, The African Arts Trust, London). Hosted by Koyo Kouoh.

16.30 – 17.30 Private & Public Collections: Panel on Public Collections: Chris Dercon (Director, Tate Modern, London), Karen Milbourne (Curator, African Art, National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.) and Gill Saunders (Senior Curator [Prints], Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London) discuss institutional strategies at play to expand their collections of contemporary African art. Hosted by Dr Maria Balshaw (Director, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries, Manchester).

Saturday 19 October.
13.30 – 14.30 Artist Talks: Christine Eyene in conversation with photographer Baudouin Mouanda on vanity, fashion and representation of the self.

15.00 – 16.00 Koyo Kouoh in conversation with Olafur Eliasson and Carsten Höller on the inspirational power in Africa.

16.30 – 17.30 Koyo Kouoh in conversation with Not Vital on living and working in Africa.

Sunday 20 October
14.30 – 15.30 Criticism & Publishing: Simon Njami (Co-Founder, Revue Noire, Paris), Dr Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Editor-in-Chief, SAVVY Journal, Berlin), Brendon Bell-Roberts (Founder and Publisher, Art South Africa, Cape Town), discuss criticality and theoretical validation of art practice. Hosted by Mark Rappolt (Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview, London).

Film screenings will take place daily 12.00 – 13.00. Admission to 1:54 Forum is included within 1:54 admission tickets, on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and ticket options please visit www.1-54.com/tickets 

Otobong Nkanga
Taste of a Stone: Itiat Esa Ufok, 2013
Site specific installation and live performance at Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim El Yousif, Sharjah, UAE Duration: Variable.

Installation space for contemplation and storytelling, 12 variable sizes of rocks from Fujairah mountain, white pebbles, 18 photographic images inkjet printed on Galala limestone, 10 poems inkjet printed on Galala limestone, protasparagus densiflorus, aptenia cordifloria, carpobrutus glaucescens, carica papaya, mangifera indica and cestrum nocturnum.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair - Chéri Samba, La vraie carte du monde
Chéri Samba, La vraie carte du monde

16 - 20 October 2013
Contemporary African Art Fair
Somerset House
West Wing
London  WC2R 1LA

+44 20 8144 3694

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