1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair @ Somerset House, Oct 6 – Oct 9

5 October 2016

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is running during Frieze 2016 at London’s Somerset House, October 6 to 9.

The event returns for its fourth edition, its most ambitious yet, where it will feature 40 carefully selected galleries, 10 Special Projects and works from over 130 African and African Diasporan artists. The fair is accompanied by FORUM – an extensive talks and events programme curated by Koyo Kouoh.

Additionally, the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé will have his first solo exhibition in the UK, entitled The Eye of Modern Mali, opening October 6 and running through January 15 at Somerset House.

Sidibé is known for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence. The exhibition will present 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s. Sidibé was the first photographer, and first African artist, to receive a Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

See the FB event page for more details.**

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair @ Somerset House, Oct 6 - Oct 9

Malick Sidibé, ‘Avec mon soutien-gorge et mon slip’ (1967). Courtesy the artist.

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Frieze 2016 offsite + fringe events

3 October 2016

Frieze 2016 is on this week in London, opening October 6 and running to October 9. The event draws an international community of artist and exhibitors to its location in the centre of the city, but is also host to an exciting and diverse range of events offsite and on the fringe, including Miracle Marathon at Serpentine Galleries, Sunday Art Fair at Ambika P3, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House and more.

See below for our offsite and fringe recommendations, and here for the main event:


The ICA will be hosting a week of dance, performance, discussions and screenings, from October 3 to 8, with an accompanying program of DJs and other music guests including two after parties in collaboration with Berlin-based label PAN, one hosted by Bala Club on October 4, and another hosted by PAN on October 5. Artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas will be in conversation with professor Suhail Malik and writer Tirdad Zolghadr to speak about ‘Art Post Capitalism’ on the evening of October 6.

Lisa Radon will also launch her new book Wholeness Engine at Jupiter Woods, October 8.

An evening of performances at DRAF featuring Mary Hurrell, Goshka Macuga, Roman Ondak, Amalia Ulman, Mark Wallinger and a DJ set by Olof Dreijer (The Knife), October 6

Miracle Marathon at Serpentine Galleries, October 8 and 9

Sunday Art Fair, October 6 to 9

Frieze Art and Architecture Conference, October 4

Dream Fair London 2016: twelve participating galleries will host digital work by artists online, accessible to all with a computer or mobile. The site opens on October 4.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, October 6 to 9.

Donna Huanca performance at Zabludowicz Collection, October 7.

Pompe – a dionysian canal procession ending at St. Mary Magdalene Church, October 7

A glass is empty of everything but simple passage @ Seventeen gallery, readings by David Raymond Conroy, Caspar Heinemann and Rebecca Jagoe – Oct 8


Ash Ferlito @ White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, Oct 6 – Oct 31

END-USER @ The RYDER Projects, Oct 6 – Nov 12

I, Cyborg @ Gazelli Art House, Oct 6- Nov 12

Tala Madani @ Pilar Corrias Gallery, Oct 4 – Nov 11

Metahaven @ Auto Italia, Oct 4 – Oct 30

Lanzarote @ Union Pacific, Oct 2 – Nov 5


Gina Folly @ Almanac, Oct 1 – Nov 5

Amalia Ulman @ Arcadia Missa, Sep 30 – Nov 5

Candice Lin @ Gasworks, Sep 21 – Dec 11

Mike Kelley @ Hauser & Wirth, Sep 23 – Nov 19

Aude Pariset @ Cell Project Space, Sep 22 – Nov 6

George Henry Longly @ Studio Leigh, Sep 22- Oct 29

Darja Bajagić @ Carlos/Ishikawa, Sep 21 – Oct 29

Joseph Buckley @ Public Exhibitions, Sep 29 – Oct 12

Augustas Serapinas @ Emalin, Sep 27 – Oct 29

Georgie Nettell @ Project Native Informant, Sep 28 – Oct 29

Moist Heat @ The White Building, Sep 29 – Oct 15

Lonesome Wife @ Seventeen, Sep 29 – Nov 5

Piotr Łakomy @ The Sunday Painter, Sep 30 – Nov 5

Streams of Warm Impermanence @ DRAF, Sep 15- Dec 10

Chooc Ly Tan @ StudioRCA Riverlight, Sep 14 – Nov 1

Josh Bitelli @ UNION Gallery, Sep 17 – Oct 22

Eva Fàbregas and Rachel Pimm @ Enclave Lab, Sep 29 – Oct 28

Andrew Gillespie, Andrew Lacon + Joanne Masding  @ IMT Gallery
, Sep 2 – Oct 16

Andy Holden + Steve Roggenbuck @ Rowing, Sept 2- Nov 5

Ivana Basic @ Annka Kultys Gallery, Sep 7 – Oct 8.**


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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair @ Somerset House, Oct 15 – 18

13 October 2015

The third London edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is running alongside Frieze this year, taking over Somerset House from October 15 to October 18.

The transnational fair is dedicated to promoting African and Africa-related projects and art practices, and after a successful New York debut earlier this year, the fair returns with 38 exhibitors presenting over 150 artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

Some of exhibitors include Johannesburg’s CIRCA Gallery and Afronova, Brooklyn’s Axis Gallery, and Paris’ Galerie Maïa Muller and Galerie Lelong, while the long list of artists includes Kiripi Katembo SikuMimi Cherono Ng’okSoly Cissé, and Cheikh Ndiaye.

See the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair website for details. **

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