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What to expect at this year’s FNB Art Joburg

After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Africa’s first and longest-running contemporary art fair returns to Sandton Convention Centre from 2 to 4 September 2022.

Bonga Sebesho, Head of FNB Brand Experience says, ‘We are excited to continue our journey of empowering African artists through FNB Art Joburg. FNB’s 15-year involvement as a sponsor of the exhibition demonstrates our commitment to support the creative economy which is an important economic pillar to our economic recovery. Our continent is home to world-class talent and there’s no better platform than FNB Art Joburg to showcase this.’

FNB Art Joburg September 2022
Managing Director of FNB Art Joburg, Mandla Sibeko

With offerings from the continent’s leading contemporary artists, the fair is curated into six specialised sections: HUB, MAX, ETC, ORG, LAB and AUX.

Referred to as the HUB, the fair’s central section presents the best in contemporary art from across the continent in line with the objective to be a quality rather than quantity focused fair. Participating galleries include Afriart Gallery, blank projects, Eclectica Contemporary, Everard Read, First Floor Gallery Harare, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, Guns & Rain, Kalashnikovv, SMAC Gallery, Stevenson and WHATIFTHEWORLD.

The MAX section of the fair houses installations or works with challenging scale while the ETC section will give fairgoers the opportunity to engage with master print and publishing houses.

FNB Art Joburg September 2022

The ORG section is a representation of Johannesburg’s seminal art institutions. Whether museums, universities, or private institutions, the section looks to redefine how the people engage with organisations that were established for the good of the public.

An incubation to develop emerging galleries and hybrid art spaces, gallery LAB will present and test new ideas and business models aimed at transforming the contemporary African art landscape. Co-curated by Kim Kandan (Gallery Liaison, FNB Art Joburg) and Aida Esi Hayfron-Benjamin (independence curator, Ghana), the LAB pavillion will feature 10 exhibitors that will see West and East Africa connecting with the Sub-Saharan African region.

Spanning talks, public lectures and audio essays, the AUX section will explore a plethora of topics including magic realism as practice, biennale reflections, the role of arts writing, and art’s place in the metaverse.

This year also sees the second iteration of Open City. Held from 25 August to 9 September, Open City will unify the city by activating it through art, music, fashion, food and film from the inner city to Soweto, Rosebank, Hyde Park and Sandton.

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