1-54 LONDON RETURNED TO SOMERSET HOUSE FOR ITS NINTH EDITION
14 – 17 OCTOBER 2021

 

1-54 was delighted to welcoming you to London for our ninth and largest edition yet. We presented work from 48, leading international galleries from 23 countries across Europe, Africa and North America: Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among the exhibitors this year we had 20 galleries from Africa, a record number of galleries from the continent, and of the 48 exhibitors, 14 galleries were welcomed to the London fair for the first time. We showcased the work of more than 150 emerging and established artists, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds.

The fair was accompanied by 1-54 Forum, an extensive programme of artist talks, panels, screenings, performances and readings curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation, and took place both online and at Somerset House. Entitled Continental Drift, 1-54 Forum gathered artists and audiences; mediators and narrators, to collectively delve into themes of legacy, philanthropy, and digitality. Exploring this interstitial moment in history, 1-54 Forum explored the concept of the drift as a moment for gradual reflection.

Additionally, as part of the programme of 1-54 Special Projects, the fair once again partnered with Christie’s to present an exhibition at the Duke Street space curated by art historian and art critic Christine Eyene.

1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s also returned, providing a virtual experience where visitors encountered additional works displayed by participating galleries as well as highlights from the fair itself. The partnership with 1-54 demonstrated Christie’s commitment to showcasing contemporary African art to their global client base, in addition to partnering with this important fair to enhance exposure to an even greater extent internationally.

From Thursday 14 – Sunday 31 October 2021, works from 1-54 were available to purchase and view on Artsy for an extended period of time following the close of the official show.

1-54 implemented, in collaboration with Somerset House and compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety, including a one-way circuit through the fair, time-slot ticketing, hand sanitiser, cleaning measures, hands free systems and limited capacity control at all times.

1-54 London 2021 Exhibitors:

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)

50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)

Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

AFIKARIS (Paris, France)

Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda)

Berman Contemporary (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Beardsmore Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Bubble’n’Squeak (Brussels, Belgium)

Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)

Claire Oliver Gallery (New York, USA)

DADA Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria)

EBONY/CURATED (Cape Town, South Africa)

Ed Cross Fine Art (London, United Kingdom)

Foreign Agent (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Fridman Gallery (New York, USA)

Galerie Atiss Dakar (Dakar, Senegal)

Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (Paris, France)

Galerie Dominique Fiat  (Paris, France)

Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)

Galerie Number 8 (Brussels, Belgium)

Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana/London, UK)

Guns & Rain (Johannesburg, South Africa)

HOA Galeria (São Paulo, Brazil)

Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Kalashnikovv Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (London, United Kingdom/Berlin, Germany/Nevlunghavn, Norway)

La Galerie 38 (Casablanca, Morocco)

Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)

Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)

Montague Contemporary (New York, USA)

Nil Gallery (Paris, France)

Nuweland (Oosterzee, The Netherlands)

OOA Gallery (Barcelona, Spain)

October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)

Richard Saltoun Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Sakhile&Me (Frankfurt, Germany)

Sulger-Buel Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

SMO Contemporary Art (Lagos, Nigeria)

THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE (Luanda, Angola /Lisbon, Portugal)

THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)

UBUNTU Art Gallery (Cairo, Egypt)

Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Wilde (Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Switzerland)

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix (London, United Kingdom)