African Art in London

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1:54 is here.


1:54 is the first international contemporary art fair from an African perspective. Named for the 54 countries on the continent its purpose is to act as a platform for those involved in the African art industry to promote work by established and emerging talents.

It begins tomorrow and runs until Sunday. 

Initiated by Touria El Glaoui, designed by RIBA award-winning architect David Adjaye and held at Somerset House the fair will host a geographically diverse range of African art galleries including Equatorial Guinea’s Museum of Modern Art, Kenya’s Art Lab USA’s M.I.A. and Italy’s Galleria Continua. (London galleries in attendance: Jack Bell, October and Aria.) 

Prepare to see work from the likes of Meschac Gaba, Malick Sidibe, Venice Biennale Golden-Lion-winner Edson Chagas, Sokari Doulgas-Camp and the ebullient Cheri Samba. 

Alongside the art work international curators, artists and art experts will take part in an educational and artistic Forum Programme curated by Koyo Kouoh. Lectures, film screenings and panel debates will promote discussions and understanding artistic practice, collections, criticism and publishing in contemporary African art.

1: 54

16-20 October 2013

Somerset House

West Wing Strand

London WC2R 1LA