Art Fairs

FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa
09 Sep 2016 - 11 Sep 2016

FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016

The Sacrifice (2014), from 'The Wolf You Feed 'series by Aida Muluneh, courtesy of David Krut Projects

As the annual, premium visual art event on the African continent, the 2016 FNB JoburgArtFair will see local and international art lovers, makers and dealers converge on Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre.

This year, Fair will feature 90 exhibitions within 6 categories including Contemporary and Modern Art, Special Projects, Gallery Solo Projects, Limited Editions and Art Platforms. The selected galleries and organisations hail from 12 countries across Africa, Europe and the United States.

The Focus of this year’s FNB JoburgArtFair is set to highlight a transformational moment in East Africa’s art scene. Presented together in one location, the Focus spans the greater horn of Africa and great lakes regions from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

FNB JoburgArtFair Curator, Lucy MacGarry explains that, “East Africa is a vast geographical area with varied and often disparate social and creative perspectives and sensibilities. This year’s curatorial intervention will give audiences a first step towards engaging in artistic developments and narratives arising from the region. Presenting both emerging and world-acclaimed artists, galleries and non-profit organisations our intention is to provide a catalyst for on-going research, transnational dialogue and future projects of significance. ”

First is the solo presentation by 2016 Featured Artist, Wangechi Mutu (Kenya / USA) presented by Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in Britain and America and resident in New York since the mid-nineties, Mutu’s practice has achieved global acclaim.

Visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity of seeing a new site-specific sculptural installation by Serge Alain Nitegeka (Burundi) presented by Stevenson, alongside new, large-scale works by Sanaa Gateja (Uganda) presented by Afriart.

Further solo presentations by leading artists include Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia) presented by David Krut Projects, The Nest Collective (Kenya) presented by the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Jim Chuchu (Kenya) presented by Mariane Ibrahim and a video installation by Ato Malinda and Jackie Karuti (both Kenya) and Rehema Chachage (Tanzania) presented by Circle Art Agency.

An invitational section will feature a selection of leading art spaces from Kampala, Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, through Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. These galleries and non-profit platforms include:

Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa) representing Ethiopian artists Michael Tsegaye, Leikun Nahusenay, Merikokeb Berhanu and Wosene Kosrof.

Addis Foto Fest (Addis Ababa) – established and directed by Aida Muluneh – representing Aron Simeneh (Ethiopia), Tahir Karmali (Kenya), Sarah Waiswa (Uganda), Mustafa Saeed (Somali Land) and Ala Kheir (Sudan).

Afriart Gallery (Kampala) representing Ugandan artists Eria ‘Sane’ Nsubuga and Xenson.

Circle Art Agency (Nairobi) representing Paul Ndema (Uganda) and Dennis Muraguri (Kenya).

Kampala Art Auction (Kampala) representing Peter Genza (Uganda), Sheila Nakitende (Uganda), Longinos Nagila (Kenya), Ange Sita Swana (Rwanda) and John Mary Mukiza (Uganda).

Kampala Arts Trust (Kampala) representing Ugandan artists Joseph Ntensibe, John Mary Mukiza and Henry ‘Mzili’ Mujunga.

Kuona Trust Art Centre representing Kenyan artists Gor Soudan, Peterson Kamwathi, Paul Onditi, Osborne Macharia, Michael Soi, Naomi Wanjiku, Tahir Karmali, Beatrice Njoroge and Martin Onyis.

A new ground breaking addition and highlight of the 2016 FNB JoburgArtFair is the first ever series of TEDxJohannesburg Talks themed on the contemporary visual arts of Africa. The programme, presented by Ogogiii magazine – the bi-quarterly magazine known for cutting edge perspectives on African design, culture, business and global affairs – will include a full day of talks presented by dynamic artists, curators and thinkers at the Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square.


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