The New York African Film Festival Preview In Photos

15 photos from the upcoming 2015 New York African Film Festival

All images courtesy of the NYAFF

The 22nd edition of the New York African Film Festival is just upon us. This year's series, which has a special focus on the short format and digital technology, will see 50 narrative features and documentaries from 25 countries screening throughout the month of May, first at the Lincoln Center before heading to Maysles Cinema in Harlem (May 14-17) and finally the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcinématek as part of the DanceAfrica festival (May 22-25).

The festival officially gets underway tomorrow with the New York premiere of Carey McKenzie's South African cop thriller Cold Harbour. The neo-noir film, which features an original soundtrack by Spoek Mathambo and composer Chris Letcher, follows a township cop by the name of Sizwe (played by Tony Kgoroge) who discovers police corruption linked to the illegal abalone trade in Cape Town. McKenzie and the film's producer Tendeka Matatu will both be speaking at a Q&A on opening night .

Thursday will see the screening of Nairobi-based visual artist Jim Chuchu's five-part anthology film about queer life in Kenya, Stories Of Our Lives (one of our Top Films of 2014).

The festival's centerpiece on Friday is Ethiopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete's debut, Red Leaves. The film looks at the life of a 74-year-old recent widower and Ethiopian immigrant in Israel who, following the death of his wife, sells his apartment and plans to live with his sons' families, where his traditional values are put into question.

On Saturday, 100% DAKAR, a documentary about the creative arts scene in Senegal's capital, which features the likes of Didier Awadi, Moona, Baay Sooley, Omar Victor Diop, Selly Raby Kane, Madzoo, Docta, Ben-J, Doulsy, Andreya Ouamba and Fatou Cissé, will make its U.S. debut with filmmaker Sandra Krampelhuber in attendance. After, Swedish production collective Stocktown's five-part Afripedia series will screen segments on creatives in Angola, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa. Stocktown's Teddy Goitom will be present for a Q&A.

Ivorian director Phillipe Lacôte's debut feature film, which premiered earlier this year at Cannes (making it the very first film from Côte d'Ivoire selected to screen there), is making its New York premiere on Monday. Told through flashbacks, the coming-of-age-tale Run follows the life of a man hiding out after assassinating the prime minister of Côte d'Ivoire.

Nicole Mackinlay Hahn's stunning look at inspired women in Burkina Faso will make its worldwide premiere as a part of the festival's "Women in the Media" shorts program on Tuesday, May 12th. The 11-minute short, titled Burkina, All About Women, features a series of intimate portraits of a group of Burkinabé women– including a firefighter, a rapper, an astrophysicist, a mechanic, a swimmer and a mushroom biologist.

Closing out the Lincoln Center segment is Senegalese director Safi Faye’s 1996 drama Mossane, which tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who, though promised at birth to a wealthy man, refuses to go through with the marriage.

The 2015 New York African Film Festival runs throughout May at the Lincoln Center (May 6-12), Maysles Cinema (May 14-17) and BAMcinématek (May 22-25). In the gallery above we take a look at a selection of 15 films that will be screening this year. Head here for the full listing.

Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery

The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019

1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."

Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:


31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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