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1:54 Contemporary African Art fair’s 2nd New York Edition

05/18/2016
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn The Jack Bell Booth showcasing works by Aboudia, Armand Boua, Boris Nzebo & Hamidou Maiga

The Jack Bell Booth showcasing works by Aboudia, Armand Boua, Boris Nzebo & Hamidou Maiga

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.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Beatrice Wanjiku at the ARTLabAFrica Booth

Beatrice Wanjiku at the ARTLabAFrica Booth

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.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Nathalie Boutte at the Magnin A Booth

Nathalie Boutte at the Magnin A Booth

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.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Nathalie Boutte at the Magnin A Booth

Nathalie Boutte at the Magnin A Booth

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Babajide Olatunji at the TAFETA booth

Babajide Olatunji at the TAFETA booth

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn

William sagna, Ndary Lo + at the (S)ITOR Senghor 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.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Vincent Michéa (front) + Cheikh Ndiaye (Back) at the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Booth

Vincent Michéa (front) + Cheikh Ndiaye (Back) at the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Booth

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Ibrahim Mahama (Left) + at the Apalazzo Booth

Ibrahim Mahama (Left) + at the Apalazzo Booth

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.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Photography by Zohra along a limited edition chair by Stephen Burks Opuku at the Marian Ibrahim

Photography by Zohra Opuku along a limited edition chair by Stephen Burks at the Marian Ibrahim Booth

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 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Photography by Zohra Opoku the Marian Ibrahim Booth

Photography by Zohra Opoku the Marian Ibrahim Booth

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn Founding Director Touria El Glaoui

Founding Director Touria El Glaoui

 “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 Pioneer Works Brooklyn

 

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn

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.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Pioneer Works Brooklyn

Portrait by Nasim Mirzai

Photos By: Me! Priscilla Torres

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  • Nathalie Boutté’s work is so interesting. It’s extremely intricate, so it looks different up close & far away. :]

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    • Carmen this was one of my favorite works at the fair. I appreciate the craftsmanship, and the fact she’s self-taught it is admirable.

  • Malu

    Wow thank you for sharing such beautiful work from the African Art Fair! Each piece is is so unique and cool. Everything is so intricate and so beautifully made and I cant imagine the story behind each and every one. They all seem so powerful, but I would love to visit some day in the future. You find the most amazing artwork I’m so jealous! Great post!
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    • Thank You Malu! You know who to reach out to whenever you’re on this side of the country. ME! I’ll show you around the endless art playground