Celebrating its 10th anniversary in London, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House with its flagship edition over the course of four days from 13 – 16 October 2022 1-54 London 2022 will host 50 international exhibitors across 21 countries, its largest number of countries to date ! (main image: Adelaide-Damoah-Just-Touching.-Ekpaa)
ALT went down to the Press & VIP day to talk to gallerist and artist about the gamechanger 1-54 has been for African Art and Artist in the diaspora and on the continent.
Born 1965 in Foumban, Cameroon
Lives and works in Douala, Cameroon
Zak Ové Vigo Gallery
Born 1966 in London, United Kingdom
Lives and works in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Zak Ové works with sculpture, film, and photography to explore African identity, the African diaspora, and African history. His work builds on his own experience of growing up in a mixed-race family in both London and Trinidad. Through his sculptural figures, which are concocted from a dynamic assortment of materials and resemble African and Trinidadian statuary, Ové plays with notions of identity, positing the self as complex, open, and interconnected.
Check out our interview with Gallerist Sakhile Matlhare here.
Sakhile&Me is a contemporary art gallery and research space based in Frankfurt, Germany. Founded in 2018 by Sakhile Matlhare and Daniel Hagemeier, Sakhile&Me works with both young and established international artists, curators, and researchers, prioritising the African continent and its diasporas with the goal of drawing attention to contextual specificity in and through art – in content, artistic medium, and genre.
Born 1976 in London, United Kingdom
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
British-Ghanaian artist Adelaide Damoah works at the intersection of painting and performance within the context of colonialism, identity, sexuality, and spirituality. Her current practice involves using her body as a ‘living paintbrush’ to paint or print onto various surfaces. Initially inspired by a desire to subvert Yves Klein’s Anthropometries, in which he directed a group of women to cover their nude bodies in his signature Blue paint and then imprint themselves on white paper,
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery represents emerging and established artists from Africa. Founded in 2015 by Simone Guirandou-NʼDiaye and her daughter Gazelle, the gallery follows suit to Arts Pluriels, one of the first art galleries in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Through a programme of solo and group exhibitions, as well as participation in international art fairs, LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery provides a platform for artists and audiences from Côte d’Ivoire and abroad.
As an art historian and well-known contributor to the arts in Côte d’Ivoire, Simone Guirandou-N’Diaye curated the first International Exhibition of Plastic Arts of Abidjan (SIAPA) and is a member of both the Academy of Sciences, Arts, Cultures of Africa and African Diasporas (ASCAD) and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
Addis Fine Art
In 2016, Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul co-founded Addis Fine Art, creating the first white cube gallery space for modern and contemporary art in Ethiopia. Described as one of the ‘Most Important Young Galleries in the World’ (Artsy 2019), the gallery has since then grown to become one of the leading galleries in Africa, establishing a prominent international platform for artists from the Horn of Africa.
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Galerie Carole Kvasnevski
Founded in 2010, Galerie Carole Kvasnevski organises exhibitions in its physical space in Paris and also participates in international art fairs and projects. The gallery promotes work by artists from the African continent and its diasporas, representing emerging artists such as Justin Ebanda and Leila Rose Fanner, as well as established artists including Angèle Etoundi Essamba and Zanele Muholi. The curatorial line of the gallery mainly promotes creations that raise environmental and societal questions.
The gallery collaborates with many institutions in France such as The National School of Arts of Paris-Cergy, The National School of Arts of Clermont-Ferrand Métropole, The Institut Français, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, the Bargoin Museum, and the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Meymac. Galerie Carole Kvasnevski is a member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art in France.
Amina Agueznay Loft Art Gallery
Born 1963 in Casablanca, Morocco
Lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco
Born and raised in Casablanca, Amina Agueznay left for the U.S. to study and practice architecture. When she returned a decade later, she began a process that has remained constant: understanding, interpreting, and constructing matter and space. She researched the incredibly diverse artisanal resources in Morocco, experimenting with different mediums and collaborating with skilled artisans. As her body of contemporary work evolves, this collaborative element assumes greater significance. Her recent installation Curriculum Vitae is a memory exercise, acting as a record of the intangible, gradual passage of time, and the precious quality of connection to the past.
Hervé Loevenbruck and Stéphane Corréard opened Loeve&Co Gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 2019. Dedicated to a contemporary rereading of art history, the gallery aims to bring back to light artists that are, in their eyes, undervalued. In 2022, the gallery expanded in the Marais district with the opening of two additional spaces.