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Curating Africa

In addition to the prime location and timing of this event, ART AFRICA FAIR boast an illustrious line-up of internationally acclaimed curators, sure to draw considerable global attention.

January 2017

All Opulent, Opulent Events

Opening their doors for the first time as a fully-curated international event at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, the ART AFRICA FAIR will take place between the 24th February to the 5th March 2017. In addition to the prime location and timing of this event it will boast an illustrious line-up of internationally acclaimed curators, sure to draw considerable global attention.

As a commercial art fair, their fully-curated approach is a first for the continent. Through their carefully selected panel of curators, the event will present a unique snapshot of Africa’s most exciting contemporary talents, allowing for an immersive, multi-sensory art experience from a diverse range of contemporary artists.

The event is structured around a dynamic curatorial programme with an open call for participation to artists and galleries. Unlike other commercial fairs, this curatorial model favours an alternative, museum-styled exhibition experience, inviting artists and galleries to propose work that provokes alternate artistic visions of the continent, as defined by individual, lived experiences. This approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa.

As participating curator Uche Okpa-Iroha describes, “Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it than Africans?”

The line-up of international curators include Salimata Diop (Senegal/France), Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria), Pierre-Christophe Gam (Cameroon/France/United Kingdom), Thembinkosi Goniwe and Ruzy Rusike (South Africa). Channeling their accumulative expertise through an open call for participation, the ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 is an important addition to the international events calendar and ushers in a new wave of creative energy while celebrating the artist as the hero of the show.

THE EVENT: The ART AFRICA FAIR will present a multifaceted, museum-styled experience, comprising four unique, interdisciplinary chapters. These include 1) the BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS Award & Exhibition; 2) the Photography & Lens-based focus; 3) A Flagrant Arcade in Contemporary Art, 4) Our VIP Lounge & Social Hub. In addition to this, the fair will host THAT ART PARTY, featuring some of the most exciting musical talents from across the continent.

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