This year, Africa’s largest and most established contemporary art fair, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, has turned its focus towards East Africa’s rampant art scene. The Focus spans the greater horn of Africa and the great lakes regions from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, and transformational art from this region will all be presented together in one location from 9-11 September.
Curator Lucy MacGarry explains that, “East Africa is a vast geographical area with varied and often disparate social and creative perspectives and sensibilities. This year’s curatorial intervention will give audiences a first step towards engaging in artistic developments and narratives arising from the region. Presenting both emerging and world-acclaimed artists, galleries and non-profit organisations, our intention is to provide a catalyst for on-going research, transnational dialogue and future projects of significance.”
Curator Lucy MacGarry
The Fair’s 2016 Featured Artist is Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu, who will be presenting a solo show at the event. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in Britain and America and resident in New York since the mid-nineties, Mutu’s art and sculpture has achieved global acclaim, and she is widely considered as one of the most important contemporary African artists of recent years.
Visitors to the Dair will also have the opportunity of seeing a new site-specific sculptural installation by Serge Alain Nitegeka of Burundi, alongside new, large-scale works by Ugandan artist Sanaa Gateja.
“As the premium art event on the African continent, the FNB JoburgArtFair aims to lead not only South African audiences but the world’s appreciation of cutting edge African art,” says Fair Director, Mandla Sibeko.
Further solo presentations by leading artists include Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), The Nest Collective (Kenya), Jim Chuchu (Kenya) and a video installation by Ato Malinda Jackie Karuti (both Kenya) and Rehema Chachage (Tanzania).
Futhermore, an invitational section will feature a selection of leading art spaces from Kampala, Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, through Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
The FNB Joburg Art Fair takes place at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 9-11 September.