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Europe’s leading art fair dedicated to Contemporary African Art, 1:54 will make its New York debut on May 15-17, 2015. The fair will take place at Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an outstanding industrial building in the vibrant and creative neighbourhood of Brooklyn dedicated to the nurturing and showcasing of art, and will be designed by RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio.


A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage.

1:54 is initiated by market developer Touria El Glaoui, and is accompanied by an educational and artistic programme known as The Forum, which is curated by Koyo Kouoh of RAW Material and includes lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts. The Forum will, as usual, comprise of a full programme of talks and panel discussions to explore critical topics pertinent to contemporary African art today. Parallel to the fair and forum, 1:54 NY Public Programme will offer a wide range of social events and engagements.

The New York edition will present a wide range of artistic voices including established and celebrated artists who have paved the way for future artistic generations, and a fast-growing number of promising emerging talent. Spanning several generations and diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, the selection includes a number of showcases by contemporary galleries from Africa. These galleries include VOICE Gallery (Marrakech), Galerie Cecile Fakhoury (Abidjan), CIRCA (Johannesburg), SMAC (Cape Town), Art21 (Lagos), Afronova (Johannesburg) and Bennett Contemporary (Cape Town).

ARTsouthAFRICA has rounded up some of the work that will be on exhibit at the galleries representing the continent. Have a look!

 AFRONOVA artists

Afronova (Johannesburg) 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Lebohang Kganye, The Last Supper (2013); Billie Zangewa, constant gardener (2014); Lawrence Lemaoana, i did not join the struggle to be poor (2015) and Our Freedom Cant Wait (2015)

ART21 artists

Art21 (Lagos)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Olu Amoda, Spy Agencies in the World (selection) (2014); Gérard Quenum, Télécharger (2015)

BENNETT artists

Bennet Contemporary (Cape Town)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Conrad Botes, Sadman’s Tongue Installation view #2 (2015), Fight with Cudgels (2015) and King Lear (2015)

CIRCA artists

CIRCA (Johannesburg)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Wayne Barker, Unholy War (2015), A Normal Person (2015), Mine Gold (2015), and Land Sale

DAVID KRUT artists

David Krut (Cape Town / Johannesburg / New York)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: William Kentridge, Universal Archive (Ref. 29) (2012), Universal Archive (Lekkerbreek) (2013) and Universal Archive (Big Tree) (2012)


Galerie Cecile Fakhoury (Abidjan)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Paul Sika, Dandelia #1 (2012), Cheikh Ndiaye, Cinéma Elohim, Grand Bassam (2015) and Cinema Bio Scope, Troyville Johannesburg (2015); Aboudia, Untitled (2014); François-Xavier Gbré, Gobélé Bougouni, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (2015); Vincent Michéa, Aminata #1, Or serie (2013)

SMAC artists

SMAC (Cape Town)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Barend de Wet, International Star II (2015); Asha Zero, /W (2015); Peter Clarke, Brood en Pilcherds is Goedkoper (1979)

VOICE artists

VOICE Gallery (Marrakech)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Rim Battal, 7awa’a2 #2 (2014); Megumi Matsubara, STRA (billboard, #4) (2011); Eric Van Hove, Untitled (Citroën Berlingo intake manifold) (2014); Leila Alaoui, Crossings (2013); Younes Baba-ali, Hands-free kit #2 (2014); Eric Van Hove, V12 Laraki-pistons (2014)


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