frieze is taking over the nyc art world scene, but i’m setting my sights this weekend on the 1:54 contemporary african art fair!
at minimum, we all know two things:
- art from africa extends farther than figurines and masks from west africa, although museums say elsewise
- the people of africa did not stop creating art in the 1800s, although museums say elsewise
knowing these truths to be self-evident, touria el glaoui (#yearoftherealblackgirl owwww!) created the 1:54 contemporary african art fair in london in 2013. always running the fair during frieze week, 1:54 not only disrupts the singular narrative of art events (aka all white artists) and brings attention to artists throughout the african diaspora that are being obnoxiously overlooked. in light of situations like the kenyan booth at the venice bienniel being overrun with chinese artists (that actually happened), 1:54 is filling a more than important void and i’m excited that it’s making it’s way to new york.
1:54 contemporary african art fair opens friday, may 15 and runs through sunday. click here for more information, the forum schedule, and to purchase tix ($10)! hope to see you there.
*editor’s note: this posts header image is from this kenyan artist i’ve been obsessing over since i came back from my trip there in march. this particular painting is hanging in this dope spot called havana bar in nairobi.