The Auction Room unveils its African Arts Programme

The Auction Room, London, United Kingdom
23 Mar 2015 - 10 Apr 2015

The Auction Room unveils its African Arts Programme

Maïmouna Guerresi 'Rokhaya' (detail), 2010 Lambda Print, 100 x 63 cm

The Auction Room announces a newly curated programme of exhibitions, auctions and events relating to African Contemporary and Modern art to be showcased at the historic Ely House on Dover Street, Mayfair.

Headlining the programme will be the online auction of African Contemporary & Modern Art on 26th March at 2pm UK time (via and the selling exhibition of works by Mozambican photographer Mário Macilau, entitled The Road Not Taken, which will run for two weeks from 23rd March – 10th April 2015.

The African Contemporary & Modern Art Auction:
The auction, the fourth in this category run by The Auction Room, will include a mixture of celebrated modernists such as Ben Enwonwu, Twins Seven Seven, Suzanne Wenger and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, as well as contemporary artists such as Julien Sinzogan, Maïmouna Guerresi  and Pascale Marthine Tayou.


Mário Macilau – The Road Not Taken:
This will be the first solo exhibition in the UK of Mário Macilau’s work. It brings together a compelling selection of black and white photographs from his new Out of Town series as well as powerful images from the acclaimed Cement and Growing in Darkness series; all focusing on marginalized groups of people within Mozambique. Maci lau is steadfast in his commitment to spotlighting inequality and injustice within Mozambique and elsewhere. Central to his work is the relationship between the photographer and his subjects, where he succeeds in presenting the truth of situations with dignity and with an absence of voyeurism, provoking a shared sense of humanity between sitter and viewer despite the extreme differences in circumstance.

Macilau’s Out of Town series documents the living and working conditions of socially isolated or marginalized groups living in rural or peri-urban areas of Africa, with a focus on some of the negative socio-economic effects of migrant labour and foreign investment in developing countries. His Cement series documents the tragic lives of young people trapped in the world of illegal cement bagging operations in Maputo and Growing in Darkness is an un-patronizing and haunting portrayal of a group street children in Mozambique.

Private View: Mário Macilau & African Contemporary and Modern Art Auction,
24th March, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Auction Exhibition: 23rd March – 26th March 2015, Mon – Fri 10:00am – 5:30pm

Mário Macilau – The Road Not Taken: 23rd March – 10th April 2015, Mon – Fri 10:00am – 5:30pm (closed over Easter)

Online Auction: 26th March 2015, 2pm UK time (all bidding via

Event Location:

Ely House,
37 Dover Street,
London, W1S 4NJ
RSVP for Panel Discussion & Private View to: Georgia Spray|


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