A fully curated African art fair.
Opening their doors for the first time as a fully-curated international event at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, the Art Africa Fair will take place between 24 February to 5 March 2017.
In addition to the prime location and timing of this event, Art Africa Fair will boast an illustrious line-up of internationally acclaimed curators, sure to draw considerable global attention.
As a commercial art fair, their fully-curated approach is a first for the continent. Through their carefully selected panel of curators, the event will present a unique snapshot of Africa's most exciting contemporary talents, allowing for an immersive, multi-sensory art experience from a diverse range of contemporary artists.
The Art Africa Fair is structured around a dynamic curatorial programme with an open call for participation to artists and galleries. Unlike other commercial fairs, this curatorial model favours an alternative, museum-styled exhibition experience, inviting artists and galleries to propose work that provokes alternate artistic visions of the continent, as defined by the individual, lived experiences. This approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa. As the participating curator, Uche Okpa-Iroha describes, "Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it than Africans?"
Channelling their accumulative expertise through an open call for participation, the Art Africa Fair 2017 is an important addition to the international events calendar and ushers in a new wave of creative energy while celebrating the artist as the hero of the show.
Tickets available on webtickets.co.za