1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, was delighted to announce its return to Paris, set to take place over four days from 7 – 10 April 2022. 1-54 Paris at Christie’s took place in the auction house’s galleries at Avenue Matignon and featured 23 international exhibitors presenting more than 50 artists from Africa and the African diaspora.
Taking over more exhibition space and hosting a greater number of galleries, the fair was a larger event than last year’s in Paris, with both VIP and public days to engage with new and existing audiences. The fair was also accompanied by 1-54 Forum, the fair’s multi-disciplinary programme of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings.
1-54 Paris at Christie’s – dates and times
10:00 – 19:30 Thursday 7 April
10:00 – 20:00 Friday 8 April
Public opening hours
10:00 – 20:00 Saturday 9 April
10:00 – 20:00 Sunday 10 April
9 Av. Matignon, 75008 Paris, France
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, la principale foire d’art internationale dédiée à l’art contemporain d’Afrique et de la diaspora africaine, a eu le plaisir d’annoncer son retour à Paris du 7 au 10 avril 2022. 1-54 Paris at Christie’s a eu lieu dans les galeries de la maison de vente aux enchères de l’avenue Matignon et comptait 23 exposants internationaux présentant plus de 50 artistes d’Afrique et de la diaspora africaine.
Occupant plus d’espace d’exposition et accueillant un plus grand nombre de galeries, la foire était un événement plus important que celui de l’année dernière à Paris, avec des journées VIP et publiques pour s’engager auprès de publics nouveaux et existants. La foire était également accompagnée du Forum 1-54, le programme pluridisciplinaire de la foire, composé de conférences, de projections, de performances, d’ateliers et de lectures.
Grâce au partenariat de longue date entre 1-54 et Artsy, les visiteurs ont pu explorer, se familiariser et acquérir les œuvres en ligne, provenant de toutes les galeries qui exposeront à 1-54 Paris chez Christie’s, du 7 au 14 avril sur artsy.net/1-54.
1-54 Paris chez Christie’s – dates et horaires
10:00 – 19:30 jeudi 7 avril
10:00 – 20:00 vendredi 8 avril
Horaires d’ouverture au public
10:00 – 20:00 samedi 9 avril
10:00 – 20:00 dimanche 10 avril
9 Av. Matignon, 75008 Paris, France
Memorial to the drowned by Aïcha Snoussi
1-54 is excited to announce Paris-based artist Aïcha Snoussi’s special project installation titled Memorial to the drowned, produced by the MO.CO and Zinsou Foundation and presented by Galerie La La Lande. Located off the island of Zembra, the Drowned Burial Site now provides the first evidence of the rituals of a queer civilisation on the prehistoric coast of Cape Bon. The archaeology of the Mediterranean coasts has revealed very little data on the beliefs and ritual practices of this civilisation that disappeared under the waters.
A national park today, the island of Zembra is located 50 km from the port of La Goulette, in the bay of Tunis. In the 5th millennium, Zembra was a camp of lovers of the Tchech culture, also called Zindiennet, where engraved tombs have been found. Poetry, the main activity of the occupants of the place, was practiced with a mixture of distilled ink and burnt black wool, applied with amberjack bones. The tchechs of Zembra have, since that time, travelled between the two shores of the Mediterranean and maintained correspondences. When lovers did not return, bottles containing drawings and stories of dreams, desires, and crossings, were placed in circular mounds in the effigy of the missing to keep their memory alive and their power in the heart of the waves.
The work of Aïcha Snoussi questions the notions of identity and validity of norms and classifications through drawings and installations that mix fictions and archives. By blurring the tracks of reality to see the vestiges or the traces of a history that she has reinvented, the artist develops a personal mythology which refers to the episodes of our contemporary history (sexual identity and migration), while summoning a bundle of intimate references.
Aïcha Snoussi is the winner of the 2020 SAM Art Projects, which offers her an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo from April 15, 2022 to September 4, 2022.
Memory of today, Memory of the future by N.E.T. Collective
The African Artists for Development endowment fund (AAD-fund), in partnership with EUMETSAT and Arianespace, is delighted to invite you to the launch of the African Space Art Project (ASAP). The project was born from an observation: the African continent emits the least CO2, while being the one that suffers the most from global warming. To mark the launch of EUMETSAT’s new satellite over the African continent, AAD-fund, EUMETSAT and Arianespace wanted to provide an artistic platform for this event. Michel Ekeba, Jean David Nkot and Géraldine Tobé were selected to bring together more than one hundred artists from the continent.Invited in residence by Jean-Michel Abimbola, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Benin, in the historic town of Ouidah, the visual artists created the monumental work, titled Memory of today, Memory of the future, through their collective called N.E.T. The work will adorn the fairing of the Ariane V rocket, which is scheduled to take off into space in December 2022.
List of Participating Galleries
AFIKARIS (Paris, France)
African Arty (Casablanca, Morocco)
DADA Gallery (London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria)
Everard Read (Johannesburg, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Franschoek, South Africa and London, UK)
didier CLAES (Brussels, Belgium)
Françoise Livinec (Paris, France)
Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Paris, France; Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana and London, UK)
HOA Galeria (Sao Paulo, Brazil and London, UK)
Jack Bell Gallery (London, UK)
kó (Lagos, Nigeria)
Katharina Maria Raab (Berlin, Germany)
La Galerie 38 (Casablanca, Morocco)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Sabrina Amrani (Madrid, Spain)
The Breeder (Athens, Greece)
The Third Line (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Photo © Michael Huard et Julia Hervouin