With an aim to foster an axis for ideas, exchange and debate, the first 1-54 Forum acted as the theoretical substructure to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The programme encompassed keynote lectures, ‘in-conversation’ artist talks, panel discussions, book launch and an associate film programme, traversing critical subjects and activity within the sphere of contemporary African art, its market, institutions and independent art spaces. Thematic discussions drew on perspectives from across and outside the African continent to navigate key social-political and cultural contexts surrounding the frame of 1-54.
A discussion with Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Edson Chagas and led by Koyo Kouoh
A keynote with Paul Hewitt
A panel discussion with Antonia Carver, Bisi Silva, Chab Touré and led by Valerie Kabov
Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Otobong Nkanga
Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Godfried Donkor
Introduction and conversation between Koyo Kouoh and Zineb Sedira
A discussion with Bassam Chaïtou, Robert Devereux and led by Koyo Kouoh
A discussion with Chris Dercon, Gill Saunders and led by Dr Maria Balshaw
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with Not Vital
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with Olafur Eliasson and Carsten Höller
A conversation with Simon Njami, Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Brendon Bell-Roberts
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