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REVIEW

  • 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





SOMERSET HOUSE - SECOND DAY


PART-II

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.