Siwa Mgoboza, Who Let The Beings Out? II, 2015. Inkjet Photographic Epson on Natural Paper, 180 x 144 & 59.4 x 42. Ed of 5. Image courtesy of the artist.

The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town will play host to the Art Africa Fair between the 24th February to the 5th March 2017 and will be the first time that the fair will take place as a fully-curated international event.

From left: Siwa Mgoboza, Les Etres D’Africadia (Masquer) II, 2015. Ed of 5. Image Courtesy of the artist | Siwa Mgoboza, Les Etres D’Africadia III Jamezeena Bulloza, 2015. Photographic Print, 59.4 x 42. Ed of 10. Image courtesy of the artist | Siwa Mgoboza, Les Etres D’Africadia (Masquer) I, 2015. 59.4 x 42 cm. Ed of 5 Image courtesy of the artist.

Along with the prime location and timing, Art Africa Fair will boast a line-up of internationally acclaimed curators and is sure to draw considerable global attention.

The fully-curated approach to the fair is a first for Africa and through a well considered panel of curators, the event will present a unique snapshot of the continent’s most exciting contemporary talent, resulting in an immersive, multi-sensory experience from a diverse range of contemporary artists.

The Art Africa Fair is structured around a dynamic curatorial programme with an open call for participation to artists and galleries. Unlike other commercial fairs, this curatorial model favours an alternative, museum-styled exhibition experience, inviting artists and galleries to propose work that provokes alternate artistic visions of the continent, as defined by individual, lived experiences. This approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa.

Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it than Africans?

– participating curator Uche Okpa-Iroha

The Art Africa Fair 2017 brings forth a new wave of creative energy and celebrates the artist as the hero of the show.

Lamyne N. Vache 1. Image courtesy of the artist.


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Times:  Monday- Sunday 10am – 7pm

Entry: R100 Adults | R80 Pensioners and Students | Children Under 12 Free | Scholars R50 (For school groups)

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