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  • Zoltan Alexander

nº56 / 1:54 LONDON 2020 / PART-II

In PART-II we walk through the 8th edition of the Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House that founding director Touria El Glaoui opened in early October.

Review by Zoltan Alexander



Featured galleries and artists

Kyle Weeks at Galerie Number 8 (Brussels), Nonzuzo Gxekwa and Nyasha Marovatsanga at THK Gallery (Cape Town), Mbali Dhlamini at Sakhile&Me Gallery (Frankfurt), Robert Charlotte at the Escape d'Art Contemporain (Martinique), Benji Reid at October Gallery (London), Marielle Plaisir at Tafeta Gallery (London), Omar Gabr at Ubuntu Art Gallery (Cairo)

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

Following PART-I of 1:54 London where I felt like a black guy from New York trapped in Peru, in PART-II I continued my walk at Somerset House highlighting the most significant art galleries and artists from Europe, Africa and its diaspora.

On the global art scene, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has established itself as a leading, unique voice in contemporary African art. In 2020, the art fair was showcasing more than 110 established and emerging contemporary artists from Africa, working in a wide variety of mediums and from a range of geographical backgrounds.

The art fair was scaled down to 30 international galleries but scaled up in quality. Fewer presentations meant more options and time to establish a closer and more intimate relationship with galleries and artists.

Let’s see where we left off in PART-I.