“We are thrilled to announce such a wonderful mix of exhibitors for our fifth London edition. It is very exciting to welcome some new galleries and countries presenting for the first time, as well as many returning friends, and we’re especially proud to have such a strong contingent of galleries from Africa this year.”– Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is pleased to announce the galleries exhibiting in its fifth London edition, taking place at Somerset House, 5–8 October.
Striving to promote a diverse set of African perspectives from around the world, 1:54 has carefully selected 42 leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art from 18 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.
Among the 42 exhibitors this year are 18 galleries from Africa, while 12 new galleries will be welcomed to the fair for the first time: Arte de Gema, Beardsmore Gallery, Elmarsa, Galerie 127, Gallery MOMO, IPSUM, James Cohan, Lawrie Shabibi, Perve Galeria, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Plutschow Gallery and SMO Contemporary Art.
The London edition will showcase the work of more than 130 emerging and established artists who live and work in 32 countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Haiti, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Trinidad, Tunisia, UAE, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe.
Eight solo artist exhibitions have been announced: Nidhal Chamekh (Selma Feriani Gallery), Safaa Erruas (L’Atelier 21), Ahmed Keshta (IPSUM), Atta Kwami (Beardsmore Gallery), Nelson Makamo (Gallery of African Art GAFRA), Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi (Barnard Gallery), Abe Odedina (Ed Cross Fine Art) and Zineb Sedira (Plutschow Gallery).
Accompanying the edition will be Special Projects, providing a platform for nonprofit cultural organisations to realise project-based presentations.
The fair will also see a collateral exhibition programme in Somerset House, and host FORUM
, the fair’s extensive talks programme, including artist conversations, film screenings and panel discussions with international artists and cultural producers. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar).
(S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa)
AGorgi Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
Arte de Gema (Maputo, Mozambique)
ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
Barnard Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)
Beardsmore Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)
Ed Cross Fine Art (London, United Kingdom)
El Marsa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Tunis, Tunisia)
Eric Hussenot Gallery (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne De Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) (London, United Kingdom)
Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg / Cape Town, South Africa)
Ipsum Galeria (Madrid, Spain)
Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
Lawrie Shabibi (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, United States)
October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
Perve Galeria (Lisbon, Portugal)
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Plutschow Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Purdy Hicks Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
SMAC Gallery (Cape Town / Johannesburg / Stellenbosch, South Africa)
SMO Contemporary Art (Lagos, Nigeria)
Sulger-Buel Lovell (London, United Kingdom)
TAFETA (London, United Kingdom)
Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom)
Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
VOICE Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)
WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town, South Africa)