Review of the 2018 edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London

The sixth London edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair took place at Somerset House, 4-7 October 2018. Curated by its founding director Touria El Glaoui the event featured 43 international galleries showcasing the work of 130 established and emerging contemporary artists from continental Africa and the global African diaspora. In keeping with previous... Continue Reading →

Exhibition Review – ‘Kehinde Wiley: In Search of the Miraculous’

'In Search of the Miraculous' is the second exhibition by Kehinde Wiley to be shown at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London (24 November 2017 - 27 January 2018). Displayed in three rooms, this series of  nine new paintings and a three-channel artist's film illustrate moments in the lives of young Haitian fishermen presented against a... Continue Reading →

Reflections on a “Festival for the World” and Alpha Diagne’s “Blue House” at the Southbank in London

For the past four years the Southbank Centre in London has hosted an event called "Africa Utopia." Typically, this diverse programme of talks, marketplace activities, displays, fashion shows and other artistic happenings takes place over the course of a weekend in early autumn and is marketed as one of the Southbank's "Festivals for the World" series. The artistic and... Continue Reading →

Zak Ové’s Triumph at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (2016)

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair presented its fourth consecutive edition at Somerset House in London (6-9 October 2016) - organised by the Fair's founding director, Moroccan-born entrepreneur and art enthusiast Touria El Glaoui. Expanding in size and scale by an increase of 40% since its inaugural edition in 2013, this year's 1:54 showcased works by more than 130 artists from... Continue Reading →

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