1:54 Art Fair showcases talented African Photographers

1:54 African Art Fair in London

This is the fourth London edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, London, running between 6th to 9th October 2016.
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Thursday 6th October

1:30 – 2:30pm
Keynote presentation by Ekow Eshun
Ekow Eshun (cultural commentator and curator of the exhibition Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity) discusses themes of race, identity and style as radical personal politics in the work of artists such as Samuel Fosso, Malick Sidibé and Hassan Hajjaj. Followed by audience Q&A
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5:30 – 6pm
1:54, Booth G1:1, Art Twenty One
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6:30 – 9pm
Cocktail Reception for Emo de Medeiros’ first solo show in London: “Transpositions”
50 Golborne Road, W10 5PR, London

Friday 7th October

3 – 3:30pm
1:54, Booth G30, Caroline Pages Gallery
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Saturday 8th October

12:30 – 1pm
1:54, Booth G29, Axis Gallery
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2 – 3pm
BOOK PRESENTATION & SIGNING: Mário Macilau, Growing in Darkness
(Kehrer Verlag, September 2016)
1:54 Lounge
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Sunday 9th October

1:30 – 2:30pm
Discussion: Malick Sidibé: The People's Photographer, A Malian Legend
To coincide with Malick Sidibé's first exhibition in the United Kingdom, Kerryn Greenberg (Curator, International Art at Tate Modern), André Magnin (Director of MAGNIN-A and author of the first monograph of Malick Sidibé) and Mark Sealy (Director of Autograph ABP) will discuss the artist's work and legacy.
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FORUM Film will be screened
in the FORUM space (Screening Room) daily 12 - 1pm
& in the East Wing, 11am - 9pm (Sunday 11am – 6pm)

Mohau Modisakeng
To Move Mountains, 2015
Single channel HD video, 3 min 36
Courtesy of the artist and Tyburn Gallery
Like Modisakeng’s photographic series Endabeni (2015), To Move Mountains was shot in Ndabeni, an area outside of Cape Town which is recognised as having been the city’s first segregated black township. In 1902, following an outbreak of bubonic plague, black residents were forcibly removed from the city of Cape Town by the British colonial government and housed in an isolation camp and field hospital on this site. Choosing the location of black asphalt mounds in what is now an industrial suburb for their bleak, post-apocalyptic look, the artist only later came to understand that the haunting quality of Ndabeni was in part due to its dark history. The film resonates with the brutality of this colonial past, presenting an ominous landscape of large black mountains which evoke the trauma and isolation once experienced there.