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1:54 London 2017

1:54 London 2017

The leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art returns to London for its fifth edition between 5-8 October 2017. With annual editions in London, New York and Marrakech, 1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.

Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, this year marks its fifth consecutive edition at Somerset House, London and showcases 42 leading international galleries, presenting over 130 African and African diasporan artists across the East, South and West Wings of Somerset House.

Follow the links to discover all the artists and exhibitors at 1:54 London 2017!

Thursday 5 October

  • 12:00 – 12:30
    Artist encounter: Abe Odedina
    1:54 booth G1B West Wing, Ed Cross Fine Art

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Friday 6 October

  • 12:00 – 12:30
    Artist encounter: Zineb Sedira
    1:54 booth G19 South Wing, Plutschow Gallery

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  • 15:00 – 17:00 | Hana Tefrati, Desire Path (2017)

Hana Tefrati performs Desire Path, a new durational performance transforming the West Wing corridor of 1:54 into a ‘desire path’ to call attention to the marginal spaces the queer community occupies in Morocco.

Saturday 7 October

  • 12:00 – 12:30
    Artist encounter: Nelson Makamo
    1:54 booth G5 West Wing, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)

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  • 15:00 – 16:00
    Book presentation and signing Being A Photographer In Africa, The Ten Years Of Afrique In Visu with author Jeanne Mercier
    1:54 Bookshop

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  • 17:00-18:00
    something we Africans got issue #2, launch with featured artists and founder Anna-Alix Koffi
    1:54 Lounge

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  • 17:00 – 18:00 | Adejoke Tugbiyele, Shifting the Waves (2017)

Adejoke Tugbiyele performs Shifting the Waves, a new performance exploring the liberating and transformative powers of movement in decolonising institutional and religious structures between Africa and the West.

Sunday 8 October

  • 14:00 – 15:00
    Book signing: IAM – Intense Art Magazine #03 | Nigeria with co-founder Céline Seror
    1:54 bookshop

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See Also


With screenings everyday from 12:00 to 13:00 between the 6-8 October, Goodman Gallery presents a film programme entitled History is Not Mine at 1:54 London.

Drawing its title from Mounir Fatmi’s History Is Not Mine (2013), the selection of films considers overlooked and suppressed histories.

No pre-booking required. Image credit: Ouattara Watts, After rain, 2017, Mixed media on canvas, 182 x 160 cm. Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery  



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