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5 Extraordinary Artworks at the Joburg Art Fair

5 EXTRAORDINARY ARTWORKS AT THE JOBURG ART FAIR

BY   Alyssa Klein
PUB   Okay Africa 

The FNB Joburg Art Fair wrapped up yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre. South Africa’s largest contemporary African art event, the ninth edition of the fair ran 90 exhibitions deep, with a particular focus on East Africa.


Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh was without a doubt the star of this year’s fair. If you’ve been around Jozi in recent weeks, it’s very likely you’ve come across her mind-blowing body-paint portraits. Muluneh, whose Addis Foto Fest showcased the stunning photographs of Kenyan “Jua Kali” artist Tahir Karmali and recent Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award winner, Sarah Waiswa, had a breathtaking solo booth presented by David Krut Projects.

Maurice Mbikayi, Mulami Mushidimuka (Modern Shepard), 2016
Country: DRC (born); South Africa (based)
Exhibitor: Gallery MOMO, South Africa

Chikonzero Chazunguza, Seuswa / Akin to Grass, 2016
Country: Zimbabwe
Exhibitor: National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Paul Ndema, Girls That Love Jesus, 2015
Country: Uganda
Exhibitor: Circle Art Agency, Kenya


FNB Joburg Art Fair
AFRICA’S LEADING ART FAIR
The FNB Joburg Art Fair is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. Now in its ninth year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives.

Since its inception in 2008, Artlogic has set out to grow a sustainable industry for the arts with a solid base of local and international buyers. Loyal commitment from all of our participating galleries and partners each year has allowed the fair to reach record sales and visitor numbers.

Now a vibrant programme of collateral events happens throughout the city of Johannesburg, reinforcing the demand for an annual event where the continent’s artists, curators, collectors and enthusiasts can congregate.

Special features of the Fair include a series of curated Special Projects, a VIP Programme that has hosted top international curators and directors from institutions like The Tate Modern, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and CCA Lagos, as well as a Talks Programme that invites art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists to deliver key-note lectures and participate in panel discussions. The 2016 Fair will also see the sixth edition of the FNB Art Prize – a major opportunity for an artist to realise a new work at the Fair.

The FNB JoburgArtFair welcomes local and international galleries and in particular those that have an interest or link to African Contemporary Art.


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