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10 things not to miss at FNB JoburgArtFair

As the first international art fair on the continent, the FNB JoburgArtFair (7 – 9 September 2018) plays a pivotal role in supporting the contemporary arts landscape in Africa. The Fair provides a space for leading artists, galleries, collectors, writers, thinkers and art lovers to congregate. Here are 10 things to look forward to leading up to the 2018 #FNBJoburgArtFair:

#FNBJAF20: Choosing Africa’s new and exciting talent!

Themba Khumalo (South Africa)

Nominate and vote for new and exciting talent on the African continent by posting the artist’s name with #FNBJAF20 on Instagram or Twitter, or vote on the FNB JoburgArtFair website for a chance to win opening night tickets. Voting will be open through August. On the week of FNB JoburgArtFair they’ll announce the top 20 artists that received the most votes, revealing the #FNBJAF20 of 2018. We know who we’re voting for… For more info, check it out on their site:

Contemporary Galleries.

The debut album from ‘The Bad Reviews’, a project by Zander Blom and Sean O’Toole, launches as a limited edition vinyl at the #FNBJoburgArtFair.

One of these prestigious galleries is none other than the Goodman Gallery and it just so happens that one of their artists, Yinka Shonibare, has a feature in our upcoming September 2018 issue… a large feature… one would say there is quite a bit of coverage on him. If you catch our drift 😉
     Another contemporary gallery that will be at the art fair is BAD PAPER where the debut album from ‘The Bad Reviews’, a project by Zander Blom and Sean O’Toole, launches as a limited edition vinyl at the #FNBJoburgArtFair. Find out more and see their new video here:

Solo Presentations

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The solo presentations at the FNB JoburgArtFair are one of their most exciting offerings. Here, visitors can experience a body or work by one single artist in order to better understand their full practice. The solo selection in 2018 will present a diverse range of artists, artistic practice and subject matter, representing South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopia, the USA and the Netherlands.

Aida Muluneh will be presented by David Krut Projects

JAF Talks with Augustus Casely-Hayford

Augustus Casely-Hayford

This year, the FNB JoburgArtFair has invited British curator, cultural historian and Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., Augustus Casely-Hayford, OBE to participate in a panel discussion on public art museums.
     Chief curator of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Khwezi Gule, and deputy director of the Johannesburg Contemporary Art Foundation Molemo Moiloa, will join Augustus Casely-Hayford in a discussion that focuses on JAG. The Gallery’s importance in contemporary South African art has been mired by its location and physical decay over the past few years. The panel, while focusing on JAG, will respond to different models and discuss the accountability of the museum to its public, particularly at this moment of political upheaval.

Art Platforms

FNB JoburgArtFairIn February 2017, 84-year-old Monty Mahobe walked into Artist Proof Studio (APS) with over 40 years’ worth of art that he had created –  an astonishing collection of plates ranging from linocuts to wood relief carvings on the back of cupboard doors. APS’s pro-shop printers immediately took this on as a special outreach project.
     To ensure that the legacy and history of the Mahobe was not lost, APS sought to find a writer to interview and document the stories behind the images. A series of mid-morning conversations over a period of five weeks took place in the APS gallery between Barbara Adair and Mahobe giving rise to an insightful and intimate account of the life and times of Mahobe written by Adair.
     Brenton Maart came on board in June 2018 and has since, with great creativity and energy, woven together text, image and photographic documentation to create a book that reaches all ages and genres encapsulating the vitality of the artist himself. The limited edition publication will be launched at the Artist Proof Studio stand at FNB JoburgArtFair ahead of a comprehensive exhibition of prints and carvings in October 2018.

Featured artist Billie Zangewa

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Billie Zangewa, Sweet Dreams, silk tapestry, 112x206cm, 2010

Zangewa works primarily with raw silk offcuts in intricate hand-stitched collages, creating figurative compositions that explore her intersectional identity in the contemporary context and challenge the historical stereotyping, objectification and exploitation of the black female body.

Winning tickets!

Who doesn’t love free stuff? When it comes to joining thousands of people from all over the world at the first international art fair on the continent, winning free tickets is something that makes our day. What about you? All you have to do to WIN is fill out our simple form, share the message with your friends, tag us and FNB JoburgArtFair and YOU could win double tickets to #FNBJoburgArtFair on Saturday, 8 September.

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Creating possibilities…

Mandla Sibeko

While a little cheesy, we honestly feel like FNB JoburgArtFair Director Mandla Sibeko knows what he’s talking about. As Sibeko says, they are entering their second decade as the FNB JoburgArtFair, and we can’t help but be proud that FNB JoburgArtFair has been given an opportunity to showcase the rise of African contemporary art to an international audience, something that has undoubtedly been an honor, and each year we can feel the critical mass grow. “Creating a mirror for African contemporary art to the world is a critical part of telling African stories to a larger audience.” #rightinthefeels

FNB JoburgArtFair Conversations

Featuring some of the artists and galleries that have been a part of the FNB JoburgArtFair, both past and present. The series aims to give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the people involved in making the fair what it is today. Check out the FNB JoburgArtFair Facebook page for more of the video series:

FNB Art Prize Winner, Haroon Gunn-Salie

Haroon Gunn-Salie

Accomplished young artist, Haroon Gunn-Salie has been announced as the 2018 winner of the FNB Art Prize.
     For the FNB JoburgArtFair, Gunn-Salie has created a special extension of his ongoing project, Senzenina – reflection space. Senzenina was originally showcased at the New Museum in New York as part of Songs for Sabotage, and is part of an elite group of works shown as part of the Frieze Sculpture exhibition in London’s Regent’s Park until mid-October.
     ‘The most valuable aspect of the FNB Art Prize is the opportunity to further the ongoing collaborative aspects of the Senzenina project as I will dedicate it to deepening the work,’ says Gunn-Salie. ‘Furthermore, the dedicated booth at the FNB JoburgArtFair allows a homecoming of sort for this work, which so far has only been appreciated aboard.’

Yes, we lied, there are 11 things to look forward to… Surprise!

FNB JoburgArtFairBut how could we not mention the entire fair… It’s the premium visual art event on the African continent, and it’s going to be big!
     The eleventh edition of the FNB JoburgArtFair will feature over 45 galleries including the exciting addition of 15 new exhibitors. The 2018 selected galleries hail from 14 countries across Africa, Europe and the United States with a particularly strong representation from the continent comprising of exhibitors from Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. We look forward to seeing you from 6 – 9 September at the Sandton Convention Centre for #FNBJoburgArtFair’s eleventh edition.


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