London-based 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returned for their second New York edition at Brooklyn’s very own Pioneer Works. The art fair’s name references the fifty-four countries that make up the continent of Africa. 17 exhibitors showcased works from over 60 established and emerging African & African Diasporan artists. Hailing from 27 countries, including Angola, Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia South Africa, the UK, the US, and Zimbabwe.
Founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, the daughter of renowned Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui, 1:54 has quickly acquired the reputation for being the leading purveyor of contemporary African Art in both Europe and the United States. Stay a little longer while I take you a cyber tour of this intimate and diverse art fair where I’ll show case my favorite works and presentations.
Self-taught artist Nathalie Boutté’s works were one of the most intricate and attention grabbing at the fair. Her meticulous collages are manually made up of thousands of strips of paper. Her portrait collage titled ‘Peter the great II’ inspired by the heavyweight boxer, Peter Jackson was part of the Magnin A Booth.
The (S)ITOR Senghor Booth presented a beautiful homage to Senegal with a collection of works by Senegalese artists; sculptor Ndary Lo and William Sagna.
APALAZZOGALLERY kept a cohesive natural color palette with works from Edson chagas and Ibrahim Mahama’s ambitious space focused installation of burlap sacks. “Mahama creates spaces of social intervention that probe the boundaries between artistic antagonism and civil participation” Both artists have participated in the coveted Venice Biennale.
The Marian Ibrahim gallery delivered another outstanding collective presentation. A limited edition chair by Stephen Burks invited guest to stay a while and get comfortable among the works of Zohra Opuku. Additional “multiple material compositions” by Burks outfitted the lounge area at the fair.
“1:54 New York remains a more intimate experience that its mother edition in London, yet Pioneer Works provides a perfect stage for engagement with the works on show” Touria El Glaoui_ Founding Director
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return next year to New York. If you’re in London, look out for their upcoming fair at the Somerset House from October 6th till the 9th.
Photos By: Me! Priscilla Torres