1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair - Marrakech
After successful runs in both London (2013) and Brooklyn (2015), 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, will launch its first edition in Marrakech this weekend. The leading international art fair prides itself on promoting contemporary art that goes beyond the usual notion of Africa. It instead, references broader African perspective, thus contributing and reflecting a diverse Africa.
“The Marrakech edition is 1-54’s ‘homecoming’ in a sense, as the dream has always been to have a well-founded presence on the African continent,” said Touria El Glaoui, the Founding Director of 1-54.
Galleries will be taking place at no other than La Mamounia, Marrakech on both the 24 and 25 February. The venue itself is emblematic of the commitment and scale of the project. In short, this is 17 leading galleries from Africa and around the world: Côte d'Ivoire, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States. All carefully selected to deliver the dynamic and creative melting pot of art and ideas that the fair is known for. More than 50 international artists will be participating in the event this weekend. See below the galleries that are participating in this year's edition:
Galleries in Africa
Galleries participating for the first time
1-54 FORUM returns for its ninth edition in Marrakech and will host sessions at both ESAV (L’École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech) and LE 18. Berrada will be taking over from Koyo Kouoh, acting as curator for both the Marrakech and New York editions. This is the fair's dedicated program to acclaimed talks by selective leaders. This year the theme is 'Always Decolonise!' and aims to explore how decolonisation still remains an everyday task against coloniality.
“Over the years, Marrakech has become an international art capital, a crossroads for artists from all over the world. I can think of no better vantage point from which to centre its deep, pulsing, expansive African core.” FORUM Curator - Omar Berrada for 1-54 Marrakech 2018
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