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nº55 / 1:54 LONDON 2020 / PART-I

Following the unprecedented success of 1:54 London in 2019 and Marrakesh in February 2020, early October founding director Touria El Glaoui opened the 8th edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Part I & II will take you through Somerset House.

Review by Zoltan Alexander




Featured galleries and artists

Leila Alaoui (Marrakesh) at Somerset House (London), Moustapha Baidi Oumarou at Afikaris (Paris), Prince Gyasi at Nil Gallery (Paris), Josue Comoe at Galerie Number 8 (Brussels)

1:54 LONDON 2020 / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA

I felt like a Black guy from New York trapped in Peru?!? Well, undoubtedly but it makes sense.

It is always challenging to write about art fairs especially when it comes to 1:54, which galleries we are going to select, who are the outstanding artists of our time.

During the past six-eight months, when people had to stay at home and could not travel, our format of reviews had radically changed. Whilst reviews should normally stick to brief descriptions and one or two pictures, (apparently readers cannot cope with more), we have decided to take another direction, break these limits, make the articles excessively long, apply dozens of photographic images, stories, videos and interviews, giving an option to those who are not in the position to visit galleries, art fairs or simply London.

In any other year, Frieze London in Regent's Park heralds the start of the most exciting week of the season with openings, private events, parties and gallery dinners. Frieze usually attracts over 60.000 people; the city is buzzing with the crazy art crowd from all over the world and there are lots of boozy nights.

This year, the mood was very different. The city was sombre and si