1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Forum

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 - 20 Oct 2013

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be accompanied by an educational and artistic programme curated by Koyo Kouoh and will include lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts.


Wednesday 16 October

Film Screening –  12.00 – 13.00

Opening Panel –  13.30 – 14.30
Stefano Rabolli Pansera (Co-Curator, Angola Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator, International Art,  Supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. at Tate Modern) and Edson Chagas (Artist, winner of the Golden Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale for the Angola Pavilion) will speak on African contemporary art in the international arena.  Hosted by Koyo Kouoh.

Market, Economies & Galleries: The Genesis of New Markets –  15.00 – 15.20
Paul Hewitt (Managing Director of Christie’s Growth Markets) discusses the nascence of new markets with a focus on emerging economies.  This event is organised in collaboration with Christie’s.

Market, Economies & Galleries: Building Appreciation –  15.30 – 17.00
Joëlle le Bussy (Director, Galerie Arte, Dakar), Maria Varnava (Director, Tiwani Contemporary, London) and Imane Farès (Director, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris) will convey their expertise on the current status of the market within and outside Africa and bring to light the artists that they closely support.  Hosted by  Valerie Kabov  (Co-Founder and Director of Education and International Projects, First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare)


Thursday 17 October

Film Screening –  12.00 – 13.00

Market, Economies & Galleries: Exploring New Territories –  13.30 – 14.30
Antonia Carver (Director, Art Dubai, Dubai), Bisi Silva (Director, Center for Contemporary Art Lagos, Lagos) and Chab Touré (Director, Carpe Diem, Ségou) reflect on the experience  of introducing contemporary African art in the Middle East through MARKER at Art Dubai 2013 Hosted by Laetitia Catoir (Director, Gallery Blain|Southern, London).

Artist Talk –  15.00 – 15.45
Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Otobong Nkanga

Artist Talk –  16.00 – 16.45
Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Godfried Donkor.

Artist Talk –  17.00 – 17.45
Christine Eyene in conversation with Senam Okudzeto on gender, feminism and identity in her practice.


Friday 18 October

Film Screening –  12.00 – 13.00

Book Launch: Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa –  13.30 – 14.30
Introduction and conversation between Koyo Kouoh and Zineb Sedira on the stimulating development  of private artistic initiatives and the thriving community of independent art centres.  Hosted by Christine Eyene (Art Critic, Curator and Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art, University of Central Lancashire.)  This event is organised in collaboration with Raw Material Company with the support of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Goethe-Institut and Arts Collaboratory.

Private & Public Collections: Building an African Collection of Contemporary Art –  15.00 – 15.25
Keynote: Sindika Dokolo (Founder, Foundation Sindika Dokolo, Luanda).

Private & Public Collections: Building an African Collection of Contemporary Art –  15.30 – 16.20
Bassam Chaïtou (Founder, Collection Chaïtou, Dakar) and Robert Devereux (Founder, The African Arts Trust, London.)  Hosted by Koyo Kouoh.

Private & Public Collections: Panel on Public Collections –  16.30 – 17.30
Chris Dercon (Director, Tate Modern, London), Karen Milbourne (Curator, African Art, National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.), Gill Saunders (Senior Curator [Prints], Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London) discuss institutional strategies at play to expand their collections of contemporary African art.  Hosted by Dr Maria Balshaw (Director, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries, Manchester).


Saturday 19 October

Book Launch: Word! Word? Word! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form – (Cancelled)

Artist Talk –  13.30 – 14.30
Christine Eyene in conversation with photographer Baudouin Mouanda on vanity, fashion and representation of self.

Artist Talk –  15.00 – 16.00
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with Olafur Eliasson and Carsten Höller on the inspirational power in Africa.

Artist Talk –  16.30 – 17.30
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with Not Vital and Miquel Barceló on living and working in Africa.


Sunday 20 October

Film Screening –  12.00 – 14.00

Criticism & Publishing –  14.30 – 15.30
Simon Njami (Co-Founder, Revue Noire, Paris), Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Editor-in- Chief, SAVVY Journal, Berlin), Brendon Bell-Roberts (Founder and Publisher, Art South Africa, Cape Town), discuss criticality and theoretical validation of art practice.  Hosted by Mark Rappolt (Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview, London).


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