1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Red Hook in 2017

For the third consecutive year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to New York from May 5th to 7th, 2017, at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Red Hook in 2017

Red Hook

For the third consecutive year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to New York from May 5th to 7th, 2017, at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage.

With biannual editions in London and New York, 1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, its third New York edition in May 2017 will be followed by its fifth consecutive edition at Somerset House in London, England, in October 2017.

Born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui holds an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from Pace University, New York. She began her career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant before moving to London in 2001 where she undertook various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry. She has spent over five years working between London, various African countries and the Middle East in a business development capacity.

Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists, Hassan El Glaoui. Parallel to her career, she has organised and co- curated significant exhibitions of her father’s work including a major retrospective in Casablanca and Meetings in Marrakech, a joint exhibition with Winston Churchill’s paintings hosted at Leighton House in London and most recently, La Mamounia in Marrakech, as part of the 2014 Marrakech Biennale.

1:54 New York 2016 brought over 6,500 visitors to Pioneer Works to view work by an amazing array of artists covering numerous media and styles. As Pioneer Works founder Dustin Yellin says in the video below, "This is not an art fair, this is a wonderful, lovely gathering of souls with an incredible body of work here for us all to come together and enjoy."

1:54 London 2016 showcased 40 exhibitors, presenting over 130 African and African diasporan artists across the East, South and West Wings of Somerset House. 1:54 London 2016 was accompanied by an educational and artistic programme, FORUM, curated by Koyo Kouoh and included lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals.

In addition to the main fair, which will bring together an international roster of galleries and artists, 1:54 is pleased to announced that renowned curator Koyo Kouoh will return to organize the fair’s education program, 1:54 FORUM, which will take place throughout the entirety of the fair.


1:54 New York 2016 © Katrina Sorrentino

Participating Galleries:
(S)ITOR, Sitor Senghor (Paris)
50 Golborne (London)
AFRONOVA (Johannesburg, South Africa)
ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
David Krut Projects (Johannesburg, South Africa, and New York)
Ed Cross Fine Art (London)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
Jack Bell Gallery (London)
MAGNIN-A (Paris)
MOV’ART Gallery (Luanda, Angola)
Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
ROOM Gallery & Projects (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Rosenfeld Porcini (London)
TAFETA (London)
Taymour Grahne Gallery (New York)
Tyburn Gallery (London)
Vigo Gallery (London)
VOICE Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)

Participating Artists (Country of Birth)*:
Adeniyi Olagunju (Nigeria)
Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia)
Antoine Tempé (France)
Armand Boua (Côte d’Ivoire)
Babajide Olatunji (Nigeria)
Ben Enwonwu MBE (Nigeria)
Benon Lutaaya (Uganda)
Billie Zangewa (Malawi)
Boris Nzebo (Gabon)
Cheikh Ndiaye (Senegal)
Chéri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Derrick Adams (U.S.A.)
Diane Victor (Germany)
Dimitri Fagbohoun (Benin)
Emo de Medeiros (Benin)
Ernest Düku (Côte d’Ivoire)
Filipe Branquinho (Mozambique)
Houston Maludi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan)
Ihosvanny (Angola)
J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria)
Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana)
Jodi Bieber (South Africa)
Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar)
JP Mika (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kimathi Donkor (U.K.)
Kura Shomali (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Laila Alaoui (Morocco)
Lawrence Lemaoana (South Africa)
Lebohang Kganye (South Africa)
Mack Magagane (South Africa)
Malala Andrialavidrazana (Madagascar)
Malick Sidibé (Mali)
Marcia Kure (Nigeria)
Maurice Mbikayi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Mbali Mdluli (South Africa)
Modupeola Fadugba (Togo)
Moffat Takadiwa (Zimbabwe)
Mohamed Melehi (Morocco)
Mohau Mokadiseng (South Africa)
Monica De Miranda (Portugal)
Ndidi Emefiele (U.K.)
Nontsikelelo Veleko (South Africa)
Nu Barreto (Guinea-Bissau)
Olalekan Jeyifous (Togo)
Omar Victor Diop (Senegal)
Paul Onditi (Kenya)
Romuald Hazoumè (Benin)
Senzeni Marasela (South Africa)
Serge Attukwei Clottey (Ghana)
Seydou Keïta (Mali)
Seyni Awa Camara (Senegal)
Sikhumbuzo Makandula (South Africa)
Steve Bandoma (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Temitayo Ogunbiyi (Nigeria)
Vincent Michéa (France)
William Kentridge (South Africa)
Wura-Natasha Ogunji (U.S.A.)
Zak Ové (U.K.)

*The artist list is subject to change between now and the opening of the fair.

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