Special Projects at 1-54 New York 2019

Returning to New York for its 5th edition, the fair will be held for the first time at Industria in the West Village. In parallel to the 24 galleries exhibiting the works of over 70 international artists, 1-54 will be accompanied by a selection of special projects.



During the fair, Aperture will showcase the new publication Kwame Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful in addition to releases by Hank Willis Thomas, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi and Mickalene Thomas. Selected photobook classics, children’s books, and essay compilations will also be on view. From its base in New York, Aperture Foundation produces, publishes, and presents a program of photography projects and programs— locally, across the United States, and around the world. Read more…

Book signing at Aperture pop-up bookshop at 1-54: Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal, in presence of the artist on Saturday 4 May between 3:00 – 4:00pm

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Kwame Brathwaite: Black is Beautiful. Courtesy Aperture Foundation

Collector’s choice: Abidjan in the 1970’s; Paul Kodjo photographs the Ivorian Miracle. Presented by Happening Africa

Paul Kodjo’s black and white photographs seen in the US for the first time were saved from near oblivion by photographer Ananias Léki Dago’s dedication to restore Kodjo’s archive. Kodjo photographed his subjects outside of the studio in staged modern domestic interiors, as well as in the streets of Abidjan where a dialogue between model and space contributed to an expression of Ivorian pride. He turned to the tradition of the photo-romans that were published in the national periodical Ivoire Dimanche with wide exposure. Kodjo’s photographs give a unique opportunity to witness the societal context of the economic boom of the early post-independence years. His images echo the shifting social and familial dynamics as well as the renewal of the urban landscape shaped by modernist design and architecture. Read more…

1-54 talk | The cinematic eye of West African photographer Paul Kodjo: The Ivoirien Miracle in the 1970’s, with speakers Ananias Lèki Dago (photographer) and Antawan Byrd (curator and art historian), moderated by Claude Grunitzky (media and culture entrepreneur) on Saturday 4 May, 6:30 – 7:30pm

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Paul Kodjo, Excerpt from the photo novel Perdue et Retrouvee, 1974, Black and white silver print, 50 x 60cm. Courtesy Isabel S. Wilcox Collection

Installation by artist Ezra Wube, presented by Pioneer Works’ Visual Arts Residency 2019

Ezra Wube is a mixed media artist born in Ethiopia and based in Brooklyn, NY. His work
references the notions of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tensions between “here” and “there.” Initiated in 2012, the Pioneer Works Studio Residency Program provides a free space where artists working across a variety of disciplines can work in close proximity, sharing energies and ideas. Read more…

Ezra Wube, Twilight Galaxies, 2017, Still image animation printed on canvas, mounted on wood panel, 8 x 12 x 1 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Pioneer Works

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