1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is delighted to return to Somerset House from Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 October 2021 for its 9th London edition. Since its inception, 1-54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art and has been at the forefront of the African art market with annual editions across three continents. As part of the programme of 1-54 Special Projects, the fair will once again be partnering with Christie’s to present an exhibition at the Duke Street space curated by art historian and art critic Christine Eyene and to deliver an online edition 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s.
From Thursday 14 – Sunday 31 October 2021, works from 1-54 will then be available to purchase and view on Artsy for an extended period of time following the close of the official show.
1-54 brings together a diverse set of perspectives from around the world and has carefully selected 48 leading international galleries from 23 countries across Europe, Africa and North America: Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Among the exhibitors this year are 20 galleries from Africa, a record number of galleries from the continent: Addis Fine Art, Afriart Gallery, Berman Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, DADA Gallery, EBONY/CURATED, Galerie Atiss Dakar, Gallery 1957, Guns & Rain, Kalashnikovv Gallery, La Galerie 38, Loft Art Gallery, LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Retro Africa, SMO Contemporary Art, THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE, THK Gallery, UBUNTU Art Gallery.
Of the 48 exhibitors, 14 galleries will be welcomed to the London fair for the first time: 31 PROJECT, Bubble'n'Squeak, EBONY/CURATED, Foreign Agent, Galerie Atiss Dakar, Galerie Carole Kvasnevski, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Galerie Le Sud, HOA Galeria, La Galerie 38, LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, Nuweland, Richard Saltoun Gallery and Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix.
The fair will showcase the work of more than 150 emerging and established artists, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds comprising of other countries not already mentioned.
The fair will be accompanied by 1-54 Forum, its extensive programme of artists’ talks, film screenings, panel discussions, performances and readings that will be curated by Dr.Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation, and will take place both online and at Somerset House. Entitled Continental Drift, 1-54 Forum will gather artists and audiences; mediators and narrators, to collectively delve into themes of legacy, philanthropy, and digitality. Exploring this interstitial moment in history, 1-54 Forum explores the concept of the drift as a moment for gradual reflection.
1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s will return from 13 to 17 October, enhancing the programme of 1-54 by providing a virtual experience where visitors will encounter additional works displayed by participating galleries as well as highlights from the fair itself.
Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director, 1-54, commented: “It has been an incredibly challenging 18 months for many industries including the art world but we were pleased to have been able to put on the very first 1-54 Pop-up in Paris, and a more intimate edition of the London fair last October. It’s my absolute pleasure to announce that we are able to welcome back our usual number of galleries to Somerset House for our 9th edition in the city. It’s an especially notable year for us, with a record number of galleries exhibiting from the African continent, and a continued special collaboration with Christie’s who will host an exciting exhibition at its Duke Street space curated by Christine Eyene. We are delighted to be working with Dr.Omar Kholeif on the 1-54 Forum talks programme and can’t wait to announce further details of our special projects in the coming months.”
Isabel Millar, Associate Specialist, Christie’s, commented: “The ongoing partnership with 1-54, established in October 2020, has brought our global clients closer to this pioneering fair, both digitally and physically. The exhibition at our headquarters in Londonlast year showcased the exceptional artists and leading galleries that participated in 1-54. This year, we are delighted to work with Christine Eyene whose vision will shape the presentation in our Duke Street galleries while those who are unable to visit in person will have the opportunity to explore every aspect of the fair via our online viewing rooms. The response from collectors to the collaboration has been resoundingly positive and we look forward to welcoming them back to 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s and our galleries in London.”
VIP & Press previews
Thursday 14 October
Friday 15 October
1-54 London Public days
Saturday 16 October
Sunday 17 October
©KatrinaSorrentino - Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery’s booth at 1-54 London 2019
Dwellings of the Divine Imagination, 2021
Oil on canvas
107 x 140.5 cm
Courtesy of THK Gallery
Stay near to me, 2021
Acrylic and ink on canvas
61 x 91,4 cm
Courtesy of Nil Gallery
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Courtesy of Foreign Agent
Mixed media on canvas
135 x 100 cm
Courtesy of Afriart Gallery
Awaiting II, 2020
Hand and machine embroidery on fabric
136 x 119 cm
Courtesy of EBONY/CURATED
Ane mweya wemadzinza (She has a family curse), 2020
Textile and mixed media
195 x 150 cm
Courtesy of 31 PROJECT
Home Boy, 2021
Paper, acrylic paint on archival paper stretched on canvas
130 x 150 cm
Courtesy of 50 Golborne
Chasing After the Wind I, 2020
Courtesy of the artist and Addis Fine Art
Rev. Kani, 1981
Etching screen print embossing on Arches, Edition 10/20
65 x 50 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Dominique Fiat
Rising I, 2021
Handmade disks with found cardboard and acrylic wool on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Courtesy of Berman Contemporary
Meekulu tu tula omwenyo / Grandmother revive us, 2021
Image transfer, gold marker on canvas, cotton embroidery thread, crochet yarn and silk fabrics
96 x 95 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Guns & Rain
The Wedding no 53, 1991
Oil on canvas
200 x 150 cm
Courtesy of Richard Saltoun gallery
Untitled (Deep Root series), 2021
Acrylic on canvas
160 × 110 × 4 cm
Courtesy of HOA Galeria
Untitled (2), 2019
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Le Sud
Dakar, Femme Sénégalaise, 2017
Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag, Edition of 5 + 1 AP
100 x 71 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Sakhile&Me
Genesis II, 2020
Individual oil-based monotypes on paper and brass, Edition 2/2
156 x 139.5 cm
Courtesy of Nuweland Gallery
Acrylic on linen
102 x 82 cm
Courtesy of Beardsmore Gallery
©Rocio Chacon - 50 Golborne Gallery’s booth at 1-54 London 2020
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, October 2021 will mark its ninth consecutive edition at Somerset House, London.
About Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Touria El Glaoui is the Founding Director of the leading international art fair, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which takes place in London, New York and Marrakech every year. Touria El Glaoui was listed amongst the 50 most powerful women in Africa by Jeune Afrique magazine in 2015, 2018 and 2019. She is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française since February 2020.
Born and raised in Morocco, El Glaoui completed her education in New York before beginning a career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant. After 10 years, she relocated to London, where she initiated 1-54 in 2013. Parallel to her career, Touria has organised and co-curated exhibitions of her father’s work, Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui, in London and Morocco. She has spoken widely and chaired numerous discussions on contemporary African art and women in leadership at international organisations.
About Dr.Omar Kholeif, 1-54 Forum London 2021 Curator
Born in Egypt to Egyptian and Sudanese parents, Dr.Omar Kholeif is a writer, curator, cultural historian, and Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation. Trained as a political scientist, Kholeif’s career began as a journalist and documentary filmmaker before entering the picture palace of museums. Concerned with the means through which technologies intersect with debates around QT, postcolonial, and critical race theory. They have curated more than one hundred exhibitions of art, design, and architecture on six continents and are the author, coauthor, or editor of thirty-three books, which have been translated into twelve languages. Recent volumes include Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age (Sternberg, 2018); The Artists Who Will Change The World (Thames and Hudson, 2018) and Art in the Age of Anxiety (SAF/Mörel/MIT Press, 2021). They are currently at work on a monograph entitled Internet Art: The First Thirty Years (Phaidon, 2022) and an anthology of essays entitled Code-Switchers: The Art of Being Invisible (2022).
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It is this creative tension – the way we harness our heritage, put the too-often overlooked on our central stage and use our neo-classical backdrop to showcase ground-breaking contemporary culture – that inspires our programme. Old and new, history and disruption, art and entertainment, high-tech and homemade, combined with the fact that we are home to a constantly shape-shifting working creative community: this is our point of difference. It is what we are proud of. And it is what makes the experience of visiting or working in Somerset House inspiring and energising, urgent and exciting. www.somersethouse.org.uk
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The first platform of this kind dedicated to art from Africa, Latitudes is designed to help collectors discover creativity from the continent in a non-intimidating and accessible way. With over 800 artists represented on the site, Latitudes is well on its way to becoming the largest online destination for art from Africa.
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