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ARTsouthAFRICA will be in London next week for the second edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair!

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Romuald Hazoume ‘Ahovi’ 2013. Wycliffe Mundopa, ‘Lullaby’ 2014.

Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 returns as a leading platform for artists, galleries, curators, independent art centres and institutions dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects. We are particularly excited about the Forum Programme, including lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts. These are what we have highlighted in our diary so far:

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Thursday 16 October

16.00 – 17.30 – Panel Discussion

Mapping the trajectory of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work with Christine Eyene (Guild Research Fellow at the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston), Renée Mussai (Curator and Head of Archive Autograph ABP, London) and Maria Varnava (Director Tiwani Contemporary, London) discuss the artistic trajectory of Kayode’s work from pre-Africa 95 to the recent retrospectives at Harvard University, Cambridge MA; Rivington Place, London; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; and Tiwani Contemporary

Friday 17 October

12.00 – 13.00 – Film Screenings

by artists Meschac Gaba, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, James Muriuki, Ibrahim Mahama and Otobong Nkanga

13.30 – 14.30 – Artist Talk

Koyo Kouoh in conversation with artists Miriam Syowia Kyambi and James Muriuki

Saturday 18 October

14.00 – 15.30 – Artist talk

Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator International Art, Tate Modern, London and Curator, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) 2015, Göteborg in conversation with artist Sammy Baloji

Sunday 19 October

14.00 – 15.00 – Gallery Talk

Henri Vergon (Director Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg) and Elisabeth Lalouschek (Art Director and Art Sales October Gallery, London) in conversation with Cornell DeWitt (Vice President of Business Development artnet, New York) on feeding the international art market with contemporary African art

Check out the full programme on the 1:54 website, including artists and exhibitors too, and don’t forget to check out ARTsouthAFRICA’s live coverage of the Fair on Facebook and Twitter!

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