The 11th edition of FNB JoburgArtFair is our most diverse, with strongest representation from across the African continent, to date. This year the Fair will feature over 60 exhibitors within 4 categories including Contemporary, Solo Presentations, Limited Editions and Art Platforms. The selected galleries and organisations hail from 14 countries across Africa, Europe and the United States with continental galleries from Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Our Contemporary section features many exciting first time exhibitors including THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE (Luanda), joining ELA – Espaço Luanda Arte and MOV’ART from Luanda. Gallery 1957 (Accra) will also be making their Joburg debut as well as Joburg newcomer Guns & Rain.
This year’s Solo Presentations section represents the diversity of the Fair. Nine galleries will be presenting artists from Ethiopia, Italy, the Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa and the US.
Other new exhibitors include Bad Paper (Cape Town) in Limited Editions, and SAFFCA (Joburg, St. Emilion), Javett Art Centre (Pretoria), NJE Collective (Windhoek) and The Project Space (Joburg) in Art Platforms.
We are excited to welcome Billie Zangewa as our 2018 Featured Artist. After many years of celebrating great artists who reside elsewhere in the world as featured artists, we felt it was time to focus on an artist who lives and works in Johannesburg and expresses lives lived here. Bilie Zangewa’s quiet work has been included in many prestigious collections and exhibitions worldwide.
Combined with our Featured Artist and FNB Art Prize activations the Fair will also be introducing Large-scale installations and Curator’s Feature to bring even more show stopping, high quality work to the line up.
Debuting the Large-scale installation section is Sue Williamson. Her Messages from the Atlantic Passage took the 2017 visitors of Art Basel (Switzerland) by storm with its powerful narrative of the movements of slaves across the Atlantic Ocean. As our Curator’s Feature, Takunda Regis Billiat (Zimbabwe) will be presenting a new large-scale work elaborating on many themes of his practice.
The Talks Programme will once again take place at the Auto & General Theater on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square on Saturday 8 September. Curated by Kabelo Malatsi, the Talks Programme is a provocation to art practitioners to tackle the question “Who’s It For?”. An expansion to this question are two quotes by Jorge Ribalta and Marion von Osten, that hope to instigate a discussion beyond the programme.
The local is the specific production of the various historical options with which we are presented and from which we choose, removed from any notion of identity.
as a means of making clear that the public is created by the place and practice of exhibiting and by curatorial decisions, and, thirdly, which asks exactly what brings about this positive reference to an art public, whom this public is actually supposed to address, and who constitutes it.