Arts + Culture
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Untitled, 2019, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, Courtesy October Gallery.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair NY Marks 5 Years Making Manhattan's Industria Its New Home

The leading international art fair dedicated to amplifying contemporary art from diverse African perspectives returns to New York this May—here's what you need to know.

This year's New York edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is around the corner as it continues to present contemporary art from diverse African perspectives—this time at a new home.

"Our fifth anniversary in New York comes at a moment of tremendous change and excitement for the fair," says Touria El Glaoui, 1-54's Founding Director, in a statement. "While we've enjoyed four years of incredible support from Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the fair's move to the West Village responds to the desires of both our galleries and our visitors and will greatly expand the opportunities for audiences to discover the very best contemporary African art in the heart of Manhattan."

Taking place from May 3 to May 5 with a preview day on May 2, 1-54 will mark its fifth edition at Industria in Manhattan's West Village. Twenty-four galleries from Belgium, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Kenya, Martinique, Morocco, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa,Turkey, the UK and the US are set to display work from over 65 artists. In keeping with the fair's mission to embrace a diverse and global mix of galleries that are dedicated to supporting and amplifying African artists from around the world, 12 new galleries are joining the fold with five solo exhibitions in tow.


This year's Special Projects program includes a pop-up bookshop presented by Aperture Foundation, an installation by Ethiopian artist Ezra Wube presented by Pioneer Works' Visual Arts Residency 2019, "Artist Encounters" with Richard Mudariki, Lawrence Lemaoana and Wura-Natasha Ogunji, as well as the collector's choice program highlighting Ivorian photographer's Paul Kodjo's iconic work.

1-54 FORUM is the fair's unique discursive program that explores convergences across artistic and cultural production, critical thinking and ideas. Black Chalk and Co., an artist collective founded by Zimbabwean artists Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Tinashe Mushakavanhu, has curated a series of talks, screenings and performances entitled Why Don't You Carve Other Animals. You can find more information about the series here.

Gallery 1957 at 1-54 New York 2018 © Katrina Sorrentino.

Take a look at the participating galleries and artists you can't miss at 1-54 below:

Galleries

50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom) | Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) | AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa) | Barnard Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) | Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya) | Danziger Gallery (New York, United States) | De Buck Gallery (New York, United States/Antwerp, Belgium/Saint Paul de Vence, France) | Espace d'art contemporain 14n 61w (Fort-de-France, Martinique) | Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France) | Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire / Dakar, Senegal) | Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana) | Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom) | James Cohan (New York, United States) | L'Agence à Paris (Paris, France) | Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco) | MAGNIN-A (Paris, France) | October Gallery (London, United Kingdom) | Perve Galeria (Lisbon, Portugal) | Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria) | Richard Tattinger Gallery (New York, United States) | Sulger-Buel Gallery (London, United Kingdom) | The Pill Contemporary (Istanbul, Turkey) | Ubuntu Art Gallery (Cairo, Egypt) | Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, United States)

Artists

Hayam AbdelBaky (Egypt) | Tyna Adebowale (Nigeria) | Aboudia (Côte d'Ivoire) | Derrick Adams (United States) | Laeïla Adjovi (Benin) | Sahar AlAmir (Egypt) | Malala Andrianavidrazana (Madagascar) | Ranti Bam (Nigeria) | Raphaël Barontini (France) | Nathalie Boutté (France) | Dallila Dalléas Bouzar (Algeria) | Robert Charlotte (Martinique) | Joana Choumali (Côte d'Ivoire) | Soly Cissé (Senegal) | Jean Ulrick Désert (Haiti) | Aliou Diack (Senegal) | Omar Victor Diop (Senegal) | Godfried Donkor (Ghana) | Slimen El Kamel (Tunisia) | Mutaz Elemam (Sudan) | Modupeola Fadugba (Togo) | Beya Gille Gacha (Cameroon) | Ómò Oba Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo (Nigeria) | François-Xavier Gbré (France) | Frances Goodman (South Africa) | Eric van Hove (Algeria) | Pieter Hugo (South Africa) | Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga (Democratic Republic of Congo) | Seydou Keita (Mali) | Lebonhang Kgnaye (South Africa) | Phumzile Khanyile (South Africa) | Lawrence Lemaoana (South Africa) | John Liebenberg (South Africa) | Franck Lundangi (Angola) | Seydou Keíta (Mali) | Bodys Isek Kingelez (Democratic Republic of Congo) | Jean David Knot (Cameroon) | Jems Koko-Bi (Côte d'Ivoire) | Ferdinand Kokou Makouvia (Togo) | Siwa Mbogoza (South Africa) | Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien (France) | Senzeni Marasela (South Africa) | Jorge Mayet (Cuba) | Thameur Mejri (Tunisia) | Kyle Meyer (United States) | Richard Mudariki (South Africa) | Henry Mzili Mujunga (Uganda) | Rashaad Newsome (United States) | Boris Nzebo (Cameroon) | Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria) | J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria) | Adjani Okpu-Egbe (Cameroon) | Adjaratou Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) | Alexis Peskine (France) | Marielle Plaisir (France) | Cameron Platter (South Africa) | Tajh Rust (United States) | Cheri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo) | Sory Sanlé (Burkina Faso) | Ernesto Shikhani (Mozambique) | Devan Shimoyama (United States) | Kura Shumali (Democratic Republic of Congo) | Malick Sidibé (Mali) | Elias Sime (Ethiopia) | Yoan Sorin (France) | Nirit Takele (Ethiopia) | Henri Abraham Univers (France) | LR Vandy (United Kingdom) | Zinkpè (Benin)

*

1:54 Contemporary African Fair runs from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at Industria in Manhattan's West Village. Tickets are available to purchase online via Eventbrite. Keep up with 1:54 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their official website.

Music

Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

Keep reading... Show less
News
"85 to Africa" album art.

Listen to Jidenna's New Album, '85 to Africa'

Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

It's been two years since Jidenna dropped his debut album, The Chief, today, the artist shares his latest studio album 85 to Africa.

In the lead-up to the album's release, the artist dropped the singles "Tribe," "Sufi Woman" "Sou Sou," and "Zodi" featuring fellow Nigerian artist Mr Eazi. He also held several listening parties across the US ahead of its release, and from what we can tell from videos that have been circulating on social media—they've been a really great time for both Jidenna and his fans.

Keep reading... Show less
Audio

Mr Eazi & Simi Drop the New Single and Video For 'Doyin'

A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

Read: The Music Business of Mr Eazi

"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

Keep reading... Show less
Music

Listen to Rick Jade (Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly)’s Album ‘D.N.A (Da New Africa)’

Rick Jade release their debut album.

Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly, collectively known as Rick Jade, aren't half-stepping. Today, the couple released their debut album D.N.A (Da New Africa).

D.N.A consists of 10 songs that dabble in pop, trap and even kwaito. Guest features on D.N.A include Forcalistic, KLY and some members of the collective Frsh Citizen, which Bontle and Priddy are part of.

In his previous projects, Priddy Ugly had some moments of showing emotion and sharing intimate details of his life. But on D.N.A, he explores that side of himself further.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.