Art month is almost here and us art lovers and appreciators are getting rather excited! To kick it all of, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair hosted a lovely cocktails evening at Tyburn Gallery in order to celebrate their fourth edition of the biannual art fair.
Yours truly attended and got to speak with the Founding Director of 1:54, the wonderful Touria El Glaoui, about her hopes and thoughts for this upcoming fair.
40 galleries from 18 countries will be exhibiting at 1:54 and this coming edition will spotlight works from over 130 African and African diasporan artists working in a variety of mediums.
The fair, as always, will have an extensive programme of conversations, workshops and panel discussions all of which shall be curated by Koyo Kouoh of RAW Material Company, Dakar.
Being at the Tyburn Gallery, I also got to see the amazing images of Mohau Modisakeng first hand and he is just super talented! Most certainly one to watch as is a firm favourite of mine as well as many.
"The real work for me is in relating the visual signs and symbols of teh abstract - be it music or in my dreams - into a narrative that resonates with the collective social experience."
Originally from Soweto, Johannesburg, Bophirima means 'West' or 'the direction where the sun sets' in Mohau's mother tongue of Setswana. He is always the subject of his own work which some may see as egotistic... but I view it as very personal. This is because Mohau's art touches heavily on the subject of apartheid and its prevalent effects on social, political and economic systems in South Africa. Mohau uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa's violent history, creating these powerful and poetic black and white images.