1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary In London

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London 2022
13 – 16 October 2022
Somerset House

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in London, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is delighted to return to Somerset House with its flagship edition over the course of four days from 13 – 16 October 2022 (Press Preview 13 October). As the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, 1-54 London 2022 will host 50 international exhibitors across 21 countries, its largest number of countries to date.

Sikelela Owen, Eli and Bear, 2021, Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Taymor Grahne Projects.

Of the 50 international exhibitors, 17 galleries are from the African continent, and 14 galleries will participate at the fair’s London edition for the first time. Newcomers to the fair include albertz benda (New York, USA), Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery (London, UK), Galleria Poggiali (Milan, Florence, Italy), Portas Vilaseca Galeria (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Selebe Yoon (Dakar, Senegal), and Unit London (London, UK), among others.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House last year, ©Jim Winslet, 2021

New and returning exhibitors will present over 130 artists working across an array of mediums from painting and sculpture to mixed media and installation. Works from established artists such as Ibrahim El-Salahi, Hassan Hajjaj, and Zanele Muholi to young and emerging artists including Sola Olulode, Pedro Neves will be on view.

Zanele Muholi, Loba III, Paris
Zanele Muholi, Loba III, Paris

In collaboration with Somerset House, interdisciplinary Lisbon-based artist Grada Kilomba will bring her critically acclaimed installation O Barco / The Boat to Somerset House’s courtyard from 29 September – 19 October 2022. The striking 32-metre-long installation is composed of 140 blocks, the configuration of which outlines the lower ‘hold’ of an historical European slave ship.

Charred by the artist, the blocks contain poems in 6 different languages, intricately inscribed into their texture surfaces. Directly addressing the history of European maritime expansion and colonisation, the piece invites the audience to consider forgotten stories and identities. Alongside its sculptural elements, the artwork includes live performance, combining song, music, and dance, with music production by award-winning writer and musician Kalaf Epalanga.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary In London
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair – ©Jim Winslet, 2021

Designed and directed by the artist, the live ensemble brings new meaning to O Barco / The Boat, both acknowledging memories of the past and looking towards the future. Making its UK debut, Kilomba’s installation will be on view, with free ticketed performances during 1-54 on the 13th and 15th October 2022. Ticket information will be available this autumn.

Robert Peterson, Head in the Clouds
Robert Peterson, Head in the Clouds, 2022, Oil on canvas, 122 x 183 x 5 cm. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.

1-54 London 2022 will be accompanied by a range of special projects and events, in addition to 1-54 Forum, the fair’s multi-disciplinary programme of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings which will be curated by Dr Omar Kholeif. The full programme will be announced at a later date this Summer.

“We are delighted to celebrate 1-54 London 10th anniversary with our flagship edition at Somerset House, where we have shown since our inception in 2013” says Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director, 1-54. “This milestone will see a bigger fair take over more space at Somerset House with a special courtyard installation and performance by the talented artist Grada Kilomba, which I can’t wait for the UK public to experience. We are looking forward to welcoming new galleries and artists along with our loyal regulars who have been on this journey with us for the past 10 years, without whom, we would not be here.”

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair – ©Jim Winslet, 2021

Now in its third consecutive year, 1-54’s continued partnership with Christie’s signals the fair’s strong and dynamic relationship with the global auction house. The collaboration also demonstrates Christie’s commitment to showcasing contemporary African art to its global client base and enhancing exposure for the fair internationally

Thanks to 1-54’s long-standing partnership with Artsy, visitors are also able to explore, connect with, and collect from all the galleries and artists online from 13 – 30 October at artsy.net/1-54

List of Participating Galleries

(S)ITOR (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Addis Fine Art (London, United Kingdom and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
AFIKARIS (Paris, France)
Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda)
albertz benda (New York, United States of America)
Berman Contemporary (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)
Claire Oliver Gallery (New York, United States of America)
DADA Gallery (London, United Kingdom and Lagos, Nigeria)
Eduardo Secci (Florence, Italy)
Fridman Gallery (New York, United States of America)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (Paris, France)
Galerie La La Lande (Paris, France)
Galerie Véronique Rieffel (Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast)
Galleria Anna Marra (Rome, Italy)
Galleria Poggiali (Milan, Florence, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
Gallery Nosco (Marseille, France)
HOA Galeria (São Paulo, Brazil)
HUSSENOT (Paris, France)
Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Kalashnikovv Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Kanbi Projects (Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (London, United Kingdom, Berlin, Germany, and Nevlunghavn, Norway)
L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
Loeve&Co (Paris, France)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
Luce Gallery (Torino, Italy)
Montoro12 Gallery (Brussels, Belgium)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Portas Vilaseca Galeria (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
rhizome (Algiers, Algeria)
Richard Saltoun Gallery (London, United Kingdom and Rome, Italy)
Sakhile&Me (Frankfurt, Germany)
Selebe Yoon (Dakar, Senegal)
Selma Feriani Gallery (London, United Kingdom and Tunis, Tunisia)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
SMO Contemporary Art (Lagos, Nigeria)
Taymour Grahne Projects (London, United Kingdom)
The Gallery of Everything (London, United Kingdom)
THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE (Lisbon, Portugal and Luanda, Angola)
Unit London (London, United Kingdom)
Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town, South Africa)

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