ART X Lagos was launched as a dynamic platform to showcase and support the breadth of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The fair, founded in 2016 by Tokini Peterside, has since become a cornerstone of the African art sector. The first of its kind in West Africa, ART X Lagos is a unique cultural event that goes beyond the traditional bounds of an art fair and has welcomed over 40,000 visitors to several days of dynamic art experiences, a happening now complemented virtually through ARTXLAGOS.COM.
Since its debut, ART X Lagos has grown to host galleries and artists from over 30 countries and become renowned for its ambitious program, which includes ART X Talks - a lively panel discussion series; ART X Live! - a one-of-a-kind showcase featuring collaborations between some of the fastest-rising artists and musicians on the African continent; as well as specially curated presentations and interactive projects. These programs have featured an array of emerging and established artists from the continent and diaspora, including keynote artists such as El Anatsui, Wangechi Mutu, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, Yinka Shonibare CBE, and Hank Willis Thomas.
Due to the global pandemic, the 2020 edition of ART X Lagos took place exclusively online at artxlagos.com. Its extended program included a curated selection of 200 works from Africa’s leading galleries; 13 innovative virtual events through its existing platforms ART X Talks, ART X Live! and ART X Review; and a landmark virtual exhibition, New Nigeria Studios.
The sixth edition of ART X Lagos in 2021 will be a hybrid offering, with a physical fair from 4–7 November and a parallel online fair extending from 4-21 November 2021. The fair will deliver an expanded program that will include the presentation of 30 of Africa and the diaspora’s leading galleries, a talks program, and specially curated projects both in person and at the online fair.
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Banner image: Manyaku Mashilo, Two Sisters, 2021