1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
La Mamounia, Marrakech, 24–25 February 2018
Gallery list announced for inaugural Marrakech edition
• 17 leading galleries from across Europe and Africa
• More than 60 established and emerging artists
• Solo shows of Dominique Zinkpè, Ouattara Watts and Sory Sanlé
• Special projects with Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Madeen (MACAAL), Musée Yves Saint-Laurent Marrakech and Fondation Montresso*
• Omar Berrada to curate 1-54 FORUM
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives, has announced the galleries participating in its inaugural Marrakech edition, taking place at La Mamounia, 24 & 25 February, with VIP & Press previews on 22 & 23 February.
1-54 Marrakech is the first edition of the fair on the African continent and follows successful editions in London since 2013 and in New York since 2015. Marrakech is home to one of the continent’s most dynamic arts scenes and 1-54 Marrakech aims to build on the city’s creative energy fostered by its artists, galleries and institutions, while strengthening the global network that 1-54 has cultivated over five years.
1-54 has carefully selected 17 leading galleries from nine countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Among the exhibitors are six galleries from Africa: Art Twenty One (Nigeria), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Côte d’Ivoire), LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Côte d’Ivoire), L’Atelier 21 (Morocco), Loft Art Gallery (Morocco) and VOICE Gallery (Morocco).
Five galleries will participate in 1-54 for the first time: Blain|Southern (United Kingdom/ Germany), LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Côte d’Ivoire), Galerie Vallois (France) Loft Art Gallery (Morocco) and Yossi Milo Gallery (United States).
Three solo shows have been announced: Dominique Zinkpè (Galerie Vallois), Ouattara Watts ((S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor) and Sory Sanlé (Yossi Milo Gallery). In total, the fair will showcase the work of more than 60 artists, both emerging and established, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a spread of geographical backgrounds, comprising 25 countries: Angola, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Eritrea, France, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
1-54 Marrakech will be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events programme, including artist talks and panel discussions with international curators, artists and cultural producers, to be held at La Mamounia on 24 & 25 February. For the 2018 Marrakech edition, FORUM will be curated for the first time by Omar Berrada (curator and writer, Director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech). Conceived by Koyo Kouoh (Director RAW Material Company, Dakar) for the inaugural edition of the fair in London in 2013 and curated by her for eight consecutive iterations in London and New York, Kouoh stepped down from this position after the last edition in London in October 2017.
1-54 will also present special projects in partnership with Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Madeen (MACAAL), Musée Yves Saint-Laurent Marrakech and Fondation Montresso*, as well as a wider programme of events in partnership with other local institutions across the city, including Comptoir des Mines Galerie, Le 18 and Riad Yima, among others.
1-54 is launching a new identity and website to coincide with this new edition of the fair, created by design studio Ilhas.
More information about the exhibitors and programme can be found here: 1-54.com/marrakech
Matthew Brown at SUTTON firstname.lastname@example.org | +44 (0)20 7183 3577
Caitlin Collinsson at SUTTON email@example.com | +44 (0)20 7183 3577
Full list of participating galleries
(S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
Art Twenty One (Lagos, Nigeria)
Blain|Southern (London, United Kingdom and Berlin, Germany)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
Galerie Mikael Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Galerie Vallois (Paris, France)
L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Sulger-Buel Lovell (London, United Kingdom)
Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom)
VOICE Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)
Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, United States