1:54 - Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair announces its Forum programme
- After tremendous critical acclaim, 1:54 - Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair (16 - 20 October) returns for its second edition, doubling in size at Somerset House
- 27 galleries to showcase work by more than 100 artists
- Featuring a new site specific installation designed by artist Hassan Hajjaj for the duration of the fair
- Exciting content announced for 1:54 Forum:
- Programme of talks, panels and lectures to include discussions with Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, Cornell DeWitt, Vice President of Business Development artnet, New York, and Marlene Smith, co-founder of the Blk Art Group
- Artist talks with exhibitors including Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Saatchi Gallery exhibitor Ibrahim Mahama and Prix Pictet Shortlist artist Sammy Baloji
- Tickets for:
- 1:54 Forum in Somerset House’s Screening Room, by Embankment entrance, availablefrom Eventbrite: http://154artfair.eventbrite.co.uk
- 1:54 Fair (includes access to Forum) in Somerset House’s East and West Wings, available from Ticketweb.co.uk here: http://bit.ly/1qyjoB6
- Press preview at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA:
- For press enquiries or interviews, please firstname.lastname@example.org
1:54, Europe’s leading international fair dedicated to contemporary African art, returns with an extensive programme following a hugely successful inaugural year. This year, the fair will double in size and embrace both the East and West Wings of Somerset House. Once again it will provide an unparalleled showcase of the world’s finest Contemporary African Art, running from 16 to 19 October 2014.
Taking place during Frieze Week, the new Fair builds upon the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art and presents a rare opportunity to explore the rapidly emerging African art market.
Following the huge success of last year’s over-subscribed Forum programme, it will be held again in the Screening Room of Somerset House in 2014. A series of critical conversations curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director, Raw Material Company in Dakar, will feature a host of exceptional guests.
The extensive programme aims to stimulate discussion and debate with some of the art world’s most inspirational thinkers. The programme will comprise lectures, artist talks, film screenings and panel discussions presented by international curators, artists and leading experts in the field. Discussion topics will include the current trajectory of contemporary African art production and practice in a global context, and explore modes of existing, retrospective and theoretical artistic practice.
Forum programme highlights include:
- Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator of International Art, Tate Modern and Curator for Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) 2015, in conversation with artist Sammy Baloji.
- Artist, writer and filmmaker John Akomfrah in discussion with artist, curator and co-founder of the Blk Art Group Research Project Marlene Smith.
- On the occasion of a retrospective of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work at Tiwani Contemporary, a panel discussion will be introduced by curator Christine Eyene, with discussants Renée Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive Autograph ABP and Maria Varnava, Director of Tiwani Contemporary.
- Henri Vergon, Director Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, and Cécile Fakhoury, Director Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan in conversation with Cornell DeWitt, Vice President of Business Development artnet, New York, on feeding the international art market with contemporary African art.
- Simon Njami, writer, curator and co-founder of the seminal magazine Revue Noire on the establishment of a canon with artists Sokari Douglas Camp, Romuald Hazoumè and Abdoulaye Konaté.
- Conversation with artist Ibrahim Mahama, following his recent draped jute-sacks installation at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Spanning several generations and diverse artistic practices, 1:54 will showcase work from 27 selected galleries from territories such as Kenya, South Africa, France, Italy, Germany, UK and USA; presenting over 100 artists. 1:54 will feature a host of leading organisations from the global art scene who will gather in London to reveal a cross-sectional insight into art from the continent.
This year the Fair is being redesigned in collaboration with award-winning architecture and design studio RA Projects, established in 2009 by architect Rashid Ali. RA Projects has been widely recognised for its building projects as well as research activities, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award in 2008 and 2011.
Touria El Glaoui, Founder of 1:54 says:
“The response to 1:54 has been incredible and it gives me great pleasure to increase the magnitude of the Fair this year. With continued support from so many individuals and organisations, this year’s Fair is set to be even more influential in encouraging the growth of contemporary African art in the international market place. 1:54 offers visitors the chance to experience and engage with contemporary art by both established African artists and with the rising talent from across the continent and the African Diaspora.
This year we are expanding the Fair to feature a wider range of artists of the highest caliber. We aim to act as a catalyst for generating momentum in this exciting emerging market.”
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FULL PROGRAMME - 1:54 - Contemporary Art Fair Forum
Thursday 16 October
12.00 – 13.00 - Film Screenings
Film screenings by artists Mohamed Arejdal, Younes Baba-Ali, Fayçal Baghriche, Eric van Hove, Nicène Kossentini and Amina Menia
13.45 – 14.00
Opening remarks by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director Raw Material Company and Curator of Forum Education Programme 1:54
14.00 – 15.30 - Lecture Conversation
Artist, writer and filmmaker John Akomfrah in discussion with artist, curator and co-founder of the Blk Art Group Research Project Marlene Smith on the legacy of the Blk Art Group today
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
15.00 – 16.00 - Artist Talk
Osei Bonsu, independent writer and curator, in conversation with artist Ibrahim Mahama
16.30 – 18.00 - Artist Talk
Christine Eyene, Guild Research Fellow at the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston in conversation with artists Billie Zangewa and Marcia Kure on texture, forms and fabrics
Saturday 18 October
12.00 – 13.00 - Film Screenings
Films by artists Sammy Baloji, Ato Malinda, Athi-Patra Ruga, and Zina Saro-Wiwa
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
16.00 – 17.30 - Artist talk
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with artist Zina Saro-Wiwa on nurturing artistic environments through the experiences of Boys’ Quarters Project Space in Port Harcourt and Raw Material Company in Dakar
Sunday 19 October
12.00 – 13.00 - Film Screening
Films by Derrick Adams, Andrew Esiebo, Dan Halter, Cameron Platter and Barthélémy Toguo
13.30 – 14.30 - Gallery Talk
Henri Vergon, Director Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg and Cécile Fakhoury, Director Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan in conversation with Cornell DeWitt, Vice President of Business Development artnet, New York, on feeding the international art market with contemporary African art
15:30 – 16:30 - Artist Talk
Simon Njami, writer, curator and co-founder of the seminal magazine Revue Noire on the establishment of a canon with artists Sokari Douglas Camp, Romuald Hazoumè and Abdoulaye Konaté.
17:00 – 18.00 - Collector Talk
Collector Sindika Dokolo on an African collection of contemporary art
Entry is included within fair admission tickets, however seat reservations must be made via the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Eventbrite page here: http://154artfair.eventbrite.co.uk
You will be asked to produce your fair ticket for all Forum events. Seating is limited and in order to allow for a fair service, please only book the events in which you can confirm your attendance.
Forum takes place onsite at Somerset House in the Screening Room. The room is located just of the Great Arch Lobby, by the Embankment entrance.
From the courtyard, enter Seamen’s Hall (South Wing) and take a left onto the East Wing corridor. Access can be obtained by the lift to the L2 floor, or the adjacent stairs. 1:54 floor arrows will also be in place to direct.
+44 20 7221 7883
Touria El Glaoui
+44 78 0369 7138 / + 44 20 8144 3694
Josephine Rodrigues or Stephanie Lilley
+44 20 7845 4638
This year 1:54 is open to the public from 10.00 - 18.00 daily, from Thursday 16 October to Sunday 19 October.
The 1:54 press preview will be on Wednesday 15 October.
1:54 - Fair Tickets
Tickets for the Fair are available to purchase online via Ticketweb.com here (booking fees apply):
|Four Day (concession)
Combined ticket: Includes day entry, a copy of the 1:54 Catalogue and a 2014 edition tote bag, to be collected on entry.
Concession: Reduced admission is available for 13-18 years and full-time students with a valid NUS/ISIC card on entry.
Children: Admission is free of charge for children of 12 years and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
To book a tour or receive further information please contact: email@example.com. Early booking is recommended.
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About Somerset House
Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 2.5 million visitors to the site, providing a stimulating environment for exploration and relaxation. The varied, year-round programme includes an open air film and concert season and ice rink, as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary fashion, design, art and architecture, family workshops and free guided tours. In September 2009, Somerset House became the new home of London Fashion Week.
About Touria El Glaoui – founder of 1:54
Born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists, Hassan El Glaoui. She has organised and co-curated significant exhibitions of her father's work including a major retrospective in Casablanca and Meetings in Marrakech, a joint exhibition with Winston Churchill's paintings hosted in Leighton House, London. She has a life-long passion for African art.
Touria holds an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from Pace University, New York. She began her career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant before moving to London in 2001 where she undertook various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry. She has spent over five years working between London, various African countries and the Middle East in a business development capacity, and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Leighton House, London and a trustee of the Marrakech Biennial.
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