This coming year (from 15-19 October 2014) 1:54 will widen audience interaction, showcase further voices from the continent with additional selected galleries and evidence some of the most dynamic and compelling artists working in the canons of contemporary art.
2014 is set to see 1:54 grow, taking over Somerset House’s East Wing just across the fountain court from the original exhibition halls of the West Wing.
From 17 exhibitors showcased in 2013, we shall be welcoming an additional selection of excellent galleries and art spaces for the next edition. With close to 6,000 visitors welcomed to the first edition, we expect this to exceed 12,000 with the fair’s intended development for 2014.
1:54 will preserve participation from selected non-commercial spaces. 2013 saw aria (artist residency in algiers), Algiers present a site-specific installation by Algerian artist Amina Menia.
Following the inundated and much-discussed educational programme 1:54 Forum, Koyo Kouoh will return as programme curator for 2014 to structure an international platform for artists, curators, directors, critics and historians to continue discourse on the trajectory of contemporary African art and respond to the global contemporary art scene.
Somerset House Courtyard. Image from 1:54
1:54 is a leading transnational platform for artists, galleries, curators, independent art centres and institutions dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects. Selected exhibitors hail from global territories including Kenya, South Africa, France, Italy, Germany, UK and USA to showcase over 85 international artists.
1:54 is initiated by market developer Touria El Glaoui under the auspice of Art Africa Ltd. Designed by Rashid-Ali, 1:54 will be held at Somerset House, a historic building and major cultural arts centre in the heart of London.
1:54 will be accompanied by an educational and artistic programme curated by Koyo Kouoh and will include lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts.
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