With a fresh look at contemporary African art, there is something undeniably majestic and charming about this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair.
The highlight of the fair has to be the East African focus as well as the first ever series of TED x Johannesburg Salon Talks in an effort to make African art accessible to a broader audience. With over 90 exhibitions from 12 countries across Africa, Europe and the United States, there is a lot to take in at the fair. Here are just five reasons amongst many more why you absolutely must check it out this weekend if you’re in Johannesburg!
The Kenyan born New York based artist is considered to be one of the most important contemporary African artists. She comes to the fair as the highlight of this year’s curatorial focus on contemporary and modern art practices from East Africa and its diaspora.
Our ELLE July issue Woman of The Month Buhlebezwe Siwani works across various platforms – from performance art to installation, photography and video. She completed her Masters in Fine Art last year at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art for which she won the Katrine Harries Prize for an Outstanding Body of Work. Her work has been exhibited at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, Museum Africa in Joburg, and APEX Art in New York. he has recently returned from an exhibition in Berlin. She is currently Switzerland where she is performing at Theater Spektakel. She will be doing one of the TED Talks via Skype on Saturday between 12h00 and 13h30.
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If you’re in Joburg, you’ve probably seen the Ethopian-born artist Aida Muluneh ‘s selection of images from her latest series of photographic works titled “the world is 9” for the fair’s outdoor campaign. The work questions life, love, history, and whether we can live in this world with full contentment.
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A spring must-have: Marianne Fassler x Marigold Beads collaborated on a project for the FNB Joburg Art Fair, described as crossing the borders between art, craft and design and inspired by the work of Burundi artist Serge Nitigeka.
Images: Paul Samuels
Dubbed as a visual art enthusiast, Manthe Ribane will be performing at the TED x Johannesburg Talks where speakers have been invited to respond to the idea of ART for AFRICA.
The FNB Joburg Art Fair starts on the 9th of September and runs until the 11th September 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. For more information visit www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za.
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Images: Wangechi Mutu