FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018
The work of Ethiopian artist, Aida Muluneh who is exhibiting a Solo Presentation at the 2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair

The FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018 provides a sustainable platform for contemporary African artists to showcase work among the best in the local and international industry.

The FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018 announced that this year’s goal is to recognise new artists whose work has impacted the present and will shape the future. The fair, currently in its 11th year, takes place from 7 – 9 September at the Sandton Convention Centre. The lineup features diverse talents from Africa and the African diaspora giving visitors a rare window into the rich artistic landscape.

As FNB Head of Sponsorships, Bonga Sebesho explains: “The FNB Joburg Art Fair has been an incredible platform for unearthing artistic talent and we have seen many of the artists’ careers being catapulted onto the international stage after being showcased at the fair.”

#FNBJAF20 Competition
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#FNBJAF20 contestant Banele Khoza (South Africa)

This year’s fair is about the people, by the people. The #FNBJAF20 competition is an interactive way of cultivating new talent. The public was urged to nominate and vote for their favourite artist throughout August online and via social media. The top 20 will be announced at the fair – see the list the nominations here.

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#FNBJAF20 contestant Mario Macilau (Mozambique)
FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018 Featured Artist

Over the years the fair has gained a tremendous amount of popularity through its impactful presence in the contemporary African art world, therefore it’s no surprise that the calibre of artists is on par with that of international art fairs. Taking center stage as 2018’s Featured Artist is Billie Zangewa – “Zangewa works primarily with raw silk off-cuts in intricate hand-stitched collages, creating figurative compositions that explore her intersectional identity in the contemporary context and challenge the historical stereotyping, objectification and exploitation of the black female body” reports Art Throb. Though Zangewa’s work may be political, she references the domesticity of everyday life and the themes which tie us all together.

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The work of Billie Zangewa, 2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair’s Featured Artist

There are four categories in main exhibition which include Contemporary Galleries, Solo Presentations, Limited Editions and Art Platforms. Expect showcases from major modern and contemporary local galleries like Stevenson and SMAC and several international galleries including Red Door from Lagos and Art First from London. Featured in the Solo exhibition section will be Aida Muluneh represented by David Krut Projects, renowned photographer Roger Ballen, Ofentse Seshabela represented by Electrica and Mamady Seydi from Galerie Galea.

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Mamady Seydi – Untitled #1
Talks Programme

For those who want to critically engage with artists, curators and buyers the 2018 Talks Programme curated by Kabelo Malatsi features a panels on topics such as how collectors can support artists beyond buying, accountability of the public museum, discussion with Featured Artist Billie Zangewa and the role of curators and writers in establishing alternate discourse. Malatsi had this to say about her programme which aims to provoke discussion about who is and who should be the contemporary art public:

“The current art audience which includes artists, curators, critics, academics and collectors has necessitated that contemporary art speaks from a western perspective and framework.  If this mechanism was reimagined or reconstituted what public could it engage? With the advent of wokeness, Global South and the accessibility brought by the internet and a seemingly politicised world how should the art mechanism shift to respond to the times that we live in which demands greater inclusivity that is not at face value.”

The FNB Joburg Art Fair is an experience that is not to be missed. Merging contemporary art in the hub of Africa’s cultural scene, Johannesburg, and the people that bring it all together.

To see the full programme visit the official website here.