A guide to contemporary African art
The sixth London 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair was held at Somerset House in October 2018. Dedicated to showcasing both established and emerging contemporary African artists, this fair has fast established itself as the leading voice in its field. For anyone interested in viewing, learning, understanding or buying contemporary African art, 1-54 is the place to be.
For a taste of what was inside, see some of Contemporary Class’ favourite pieces from the fair below.
More than 130 artists displayed their work, their heritage spread across 33 countries including Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and more. Just imagine the artistic greatness in these rooms.
1-54’s Founding Director, Touria El Glaoui said about the show,
“We are so proud of how far we have come since our first London fair in 2013. Following the launch of our inaugural Marrakech fair in February and our fourth New York edition in May, we have gone on to develop new audiences for contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora across three fairs and three different continents. The growth and popularity of the fair is a real testament to the shift away from Euro-centric art-historical narratives.
Top row (left to right)
Athi-Patra Ruga, WHATIFTHEWORLD
Bottom row (left to right)