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THE AFRICAN FAIR

THE AFRICAN FAIR

Exhibitors in its eighth edition of the Cape Town Art Fair, taking place from 14 to the 16 February 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), will once again offer a unique cross-section of the art market, representing the forefront of contemporary art globally.

An increasingly large contingent within the Art Fair is made up of prominent galleries from around the globe. These galleries represent exciting, established and emerging artists with a presence in museums, biennials, and important private collections around the world.

Building up a firm reputation for authenticity, quality and inventiveness culminates this coming fair with galleries and artists representation from across the African continent, Europe and the UAE.

The Art Fair will includes several features and dedicated sections to highlight points of interest and different subjects.

Tomorrows/Today, the section of the fair which is dedicated to highlighting the practices of emerging and under-represented artists, will be curated by Nkule Mabaso (Head Curator, Michaelis Galleries, South Africa) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director, MAN-Contemporary Art Museum, Italy).

TOMORROWS/TODAY 2020 guest co-curators Nkule Mabaso (Curator at Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director of MAN Contemporary Art Museum in Nuoro, Italy) have been made responsible for presenting a cross-section of the most exciting and emerging and less known artists from Africa, the Diaspora and the world.

The third iteration of the SOLO section, will explore different representations of space including but not limited to the urban, domestic, architectural, and virtual, in a variety of media. Each edition of SOLO aims to present a more in-depth insight into the artistic practices of a varied selection of artists than is commonly found in the commercially-driven art fair setting.

In its third iteration, SOLO will focus on the notion of space and how it presents itself thematically in artworks; through an amalgamation of mediums and concepts that tie into each other, with themes ranging from the representation of the black body and its movement to issues of exile, migration, mythologies and leisure.

Through this focus, SOLO aims to encourage Fair audiences to take note of the power relations that help to shape the boundaries of spaces and what is possible within them and who may enter, with which identities, discourses and interests.

Past/Modern introduces a new guest-curated programme by Joao Ferriera (Curator, South Africa) featuring presentations by Modern masters.

For the upcoming edition, the fair will present Southern Guild as a special project. Globally recognised for their leading African collectible design.

Editions showcases leading print galleries and workshops that specialise in prints, multiples, and editions.

Cultural Platforms curated by Tumelo Mosaka presents the work of cultural institutions and non-profit organisations who nurture and support the artistic production in the region through exhibitions and artist residencies.

ART FAIR TALKS PROGRAMME:

FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY

12:00-13:00 | TALK 1 | ART AND PHILANTHROPY IN AFRICA

14:00-15:00 | TALK 2 | A PASSION FOR COLLECTING ART

16:00-17:00 | TALK 3 | CONSTRUCTING LANDSCAPES OF PROBABILITIES

SATURDAY, 15 FEBRUARY

12:00-13:00 | TALK 4 | MUSEUMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

14:00-15:00 | TALK 5 | THE QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE ART PLATFORMS

16:00-17:00 | TALK 6 | ARTIST IN DIALOGUE

SUNDAY, 16 FEBRUARY

14:00-15:00 | TALK 7 | BUILDING LEGACIES: INVESTING IN CULTURE

Each of the talks is headed by a moderator that specialize in the subject and is joined by 2-4 panelists that will share their experience and knowledge.

6 Walkabouts – guided tours through the fair, open to fairgoers, offering them a chance to see the Fair through the eyes of curators, academics, and artists are there to be joined by anyone interested.

Part of Cape Town Art Fair’s engagement with the city’s cultural institutions, GALLERY NIGHT takes the art fair beyond the Convention Centre. Gallery Night provides fairgoers with a full view of Cape Town’s visual art scene. Jump on a City Sightseeing Double Decker bus from the CTICC and enjoy a vibrant evening of gallery hopping from the city bowl to Woodstock. Busses available to all VIP cardholders and tickets holders of the fair. Gallery Night will conclude with two after parties: SMAC Gallery will host an afterparty with DJs and food trucks, with access only with a fair ticket or VIP Card. Greatmore Studios will also host an afterparty in the artist’s studios and exhibition space.

ART.DOC, the most recent edition to the fair’s programme; a film screening programme at Cape Town’s oldest cinema, an institution locally; The Labia. The programme focuses on art documentaries and is open to the public free of charge, on a first-come first-serve basis.

Located within the fair, Roger Ballen will be signing his new book, The World According to Roger Ballen: a catalogue of the first major exhibition of Ballen’s work in France and a study of his career in the wider context of modern and contemporary art, including his connections with Art Brut. The signing will be held at the Clarke’s Bookshop booth. The book signing will take place on SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 13:30 – 14:00.

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