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London's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Returns In October With 36 Exhibitors

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London announces all 36 exhibitors selected to participate in its 2015 edition.


Paul Sika, Dandelia #1, 2012. Photographic, print mounted on light box, edition of 2. 60 x 90 cm / 23.62 x 35.43 in. Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

After making its U.S. debut in May, Europe's largest contemporary African art fair returns to its homebase of London October 15-18. Now onto its third edition, 1:54– whose name is a reference to the Continent's 54 countries– will see work from over 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora on view during a four-day run at Somerset House. This week, the platform announced all 36 of its 2015 exhibitors, including Johannesburg's Afronova, CIRCA Gallery and GALLERY AOP, Lagos' Art Twenty One and Omenka Gallery, Nairobi's ArtLabAfrica, Abidjan's Fondation Donwahi and Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Douala's Galerie MAM, Casablanca's GVCC, Cape Town's Johans Borman Fine Art, Harare's KooVha Gallery, Tunis' Selma Feriani Gallery and Luanda's Tamar Golan Gallery. See below for the full list.

In addition to the fair itself, 1:54 will also host FORUM, a series of conversations comprised of artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, the Cameroonian-born artistic director of Dakar's RAW Material Company. The full program for this will be announced in September.

For more of our coverage from the first 1:54 NY, see our preview and "Best Of" report. Keep up with 1:54 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

1:54 London 2015 Exhibitors:

(S)itor, Paris / Afronova, Johannesburg / Art Twenty One, Lagos / APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia / ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi / ARTCO Gallery, Aachen / Axis Gallery, New York / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg / Ed Cross Fine Art, London / Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan / Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris / Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan / Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris / Galerie MAM, Douala / Galleri Flach, Stockholm / GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg / GVCC, Casablanca / In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris / Jack Bell Gallery, London / Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town / KooVha Gallery, Harare / MAGNIN-A, Paris / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle / October Gallery, London / Omenka Gallery, Lagos / Primo Marella Gallery, Milan / Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid / Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis / Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda / Tiwani Contemporary, London / Vigo Gallery, London

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