This year, three art fairs will fall under Art Week Joburg, each with their own interesting offerings. The main fair, FNB Art Joburg, promises to be better than ever, with some exciting additions and changes.
Art Week Joburg and Cape Town are based on international models, aimed at developing new audiences and increasing exposure to contemporary art. Art Week is a week-long annual festival comprising a coordinated programme of events and activations. Programmes include exhibition openings, city tours based on arts and culture, artists’ talks, public performances and studio visits.
Art Week is used to reinforce the existing strengths of the local art scene. This year, it takes place from 5 to 15 September 2019, and welcomes two new fairs.
LATITUDES Art Fair is a new platform for African art in international times, and will run from 13 to 15 September 2019 at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.
LATITUDES will bring together a curated selection of galleries, independent platforms, studios, and artists from the African continent.
The 2019 programme of curated projects includes the following sections:
ESSAY is geared towards rarely seen work by artists beginning their careers and overlooked masters, so this section will feature the work of one established and one emerging artist.
SPOTLIGHT is a curated selection of artists from Africa and the diaspora whose work is unknown or underrepresented outside of the regional contexts in which they or their galleries operate. Each artist is presented through a concise feature showcasing three works. Curatorially, the SPOTLIGHT section allows a conversation between different artistic practices.
INDEPENDENT, presented by the South African Mint, is a curated exhibition of early-career artists with no gallery representation. The objective of the annual exhibition is to introduce the works of unrepresented artists to galleries participating in LATITUDES.
LATITUDES will also host an annual solo exhibition by the winner of the Emerging Painting Invitational Prize to support and recognise emerging painters living and working on the continent.
The second new fair, UNDERLINE, will be an annual exhibition and curatorial platform in Johannesburg, dedicated to supporting independent voices in contemporary art. Founded by curators, through a combination of private and public partnerships, UNDERLINE offers curators and artists opportunities to present an exhibition within a larger curated show. The inaugural edition opens to the public from 12 to 15 September 2019 at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Maboneng, with the space being generously provided by the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg.
The 2019 edition of UNDERLINE comprises twelve curated exhibitions that examine issues of uncertainty during social and political crises; power and access in cities; public interactions with archives; visual art and language; upend traditional male-dominated practices; question conservative sexual politics and mythologies; and reimagine potential futures.
In addition, UNDERLINE will feature a SITE section. Artists have been invited to create interventions within MOAD. CONVERSATIONS is a space to share practical experience and critical engagement on the practice of curating. In the FEATURED section, there will be a special solo project. The PERFORMANCE programme this year is presented in partnership with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, and will showcase all the shortlisted 2019 candidates of their prestigious David Koloane Award.
To find out more about Art Week Joburg, visit www.artweek.co.za
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