From 4 – 6 November, ART X Lagos, the leading international art fair in West Africa, will return for its seventh edition at The Federal Palace, Lagos, with 31 African and diasporan galleries. This year’s theme, Who Will Gather Under the Baobab Tree? highlights art’s unique ability to inspire, uplift, educate and empower, inviting our audience to revisit the past as a precursor to looking forward.
It’s been 7 years of creating and evolving West Africa’s leading international art fair, and the refreshed brand identity reflects the re-energized commitment to celebrating and amplifying the breadth of Africa’s creative expression. With careful consideration of the challenges currently being experienced in Nigeria, Africa and across the world, the 2022 edition of ART X Lagos will highlight the power of culture to speak to important local and global contemporary issues.
With 31 galleries participating in this edition, it is the largest edition of the international art fair to date. Its programme will also include Special Projects showcasing the diversity of African contemporary art in response to this year’s theme, with multi-hyphenate artist Victor Ehikhamenor presenting his visual and sonic installation Ulin-nóifo, The Lineage That Never Ends; Senegalese-Moroccan artist Linda Dounia’s digital artificial intelligence installation Once Upon A Garden; and Ranti Bam, who through her painting and clay sculptures, will present a performance project Sowing Seeds In Heartland. ART X Talks – the fair’s lively panel discussion series – will span themes such as the building of equitable futures for Africans and people of African descent, and more, with highlights including a special conversation with the British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, who has grappled with themes of postcolonialism and identity for six decades. ART X Live! – a one-of-a-kind live music experience – will feature performances from some of the fastest-rising artists and musicians on the African continent.
Galleries this year: Affinity Art Gallery (Nigeria), AFIKARIS (France), Afriart Gallery (Uganda), African Arty (Morocco), Alexis Galleries (Nigeria), Art Pantheon Gallery (Nigeria), BLOOM ART (Nigeria), Borna Soglo Gallery (Benin), DADA Gallery (UK), Eclectica Contemporary (South Africa), Galerie Atiss Dakar (Senegal), Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (France), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Côte d’Ivoire), Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière (France), Galerie MAM (Cameroon), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Kanbi Projects (UK), kó (Nigeria), LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Côte d’Ivoire), Nike Art Gallery (Nigeria), Nubuke Foundation (Ghana), OOA Gallery (Spain), Pacers Gallery (Nigeria), Sabrina Amrani (Spain), Selebe Yoon (Senegal), Skoto Gallery (USA), SMO Contemporary Art (Nigeria), Stevenson (South Africa), THK Gallery (South Africa), Tiwani Contemporary (Nigeria), and Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery (Luxembourg)