1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives, closed its third edition on the African continent on Sunday 23 February 2020. The fair showcased 20 leading galleries from ten countries and the work of more than 70 artists, both emerging and established, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a spread of geographical backgrounds.
1-54 announced Lakin Ogunbanwo, presented by WHATIFTHEWORLD from Cape Town, South Africa, as the first winner of a new residency programme in collaboration with the Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam. Pauline Burmann, Chairman of the Foundation selected the Nigerian photographer, who will complete a three-month residency in Amsterdam in 2020. The residency programme aims to build cultural exchanges between Dutch artists and those of the African diaspora.
1-54 Forum, the fair’s talks and events programme was curated for the first time by The Showroom, London, led by Elvira Dyangani Ose with a programme entitled On Focus: Communal Knowledge at Large. This year’s series of panels, artist talks, screenings and performances explored the potential of The Showroom’s Communal Knowledge programme translated into other contexts. Conceived as a framework to hold debates on critical concerns arising from different contexts, On Focus: Communal Knowledge at Large explored the power of art in formulating awareness of and giving visibility to issues that have both local and international resonance.
Recordings of all talks are available on the 1-54 website.