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Highlights to look forward to ahead of the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair

Posted on 31 August 2016

As the annual, premium visual art event on the African continent, the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair will see local and international art lovers, makers and dealers converge on Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre.

The fair will feature 90 exhibitions within 6 categories including Contemporary and Modern Art, Special Projects, Gallery Solo Projects, Limited Editions and Art Platforms. The selected galleries and organisations hail from 12 countries across Africa, Europe and the United States.

Art.co.za took a look at some highlights of this year's FNB Joburg Art Fair

Serge Alain Nitegeka, Structural Configuration II, 2015 © Stevenson

East Africa Special Projects

This year, the fair spotlights the artistic landscape of East Africa. The 2016 Special Projects programme will manifest as an invitational section that will feature a selection of leading artists and art spaces from Kampala, Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, through Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Highlights include Wangechi Mutu (Kenya / USA), Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Jim Chuchu (Kenya), The Nest Collective (Kenya) will feature alongside site-specific works by Serge Alain Nitegeka (Burundi) and Sanaa Gateja (Uganda).

Wangechi Mutu, The End of eating Everything, 2013

2016 Featured Artist - Wangechi Mutu Presented by Keyes Art Mile

2016 Featured Artist, Wangechi Mutu will be exhibiting a multi-media installation presented by Keyes Art Mile. The Kenyan born artist comes to the fair as the highlight of this year's curatorial focus on contemporary and modern art practices from East Africa and its diaspora.

Mutu's artistic practice spans various media, including performance, video installation, sculpture and collage. Her aesthetic forms, which are best exemplified by her collages, are at once hybrid, fantastic and abject. She conjures and creates a new world of creatures from the use of photographic media and materials in a unique alchemy of painting and watercolour, articulating various metaphors of the human condition. Issues of gender, race, colonialism and environmental degradation are amongst the ideas she explores with dedicated nuance in her expansive visual world.

Nolan Oswald Dennis, installation view of Furthermore, 2016. © Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.

Nolan Oswald Dennis - FNB Art Prize Winner 2016

The 2016 FNB Art Prize winner Nolan Oswald Dennis will be amongst the exhibiting artists at this year's fair. The Zambian-born artist is fast gaining world regard for his unique approach and work in drawing, painting and installation.

He produces elaborately contoured and delicate line drawings that can be thought of as maps or symbolic cartography. The work is concerned with themes of the constantly fluctuating conditions of place, time and history.

He is represented by the Goodman Gallery and is also one-third of NTU, a collective founded by "tech healers" Dennis, Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Tabita Rezaire, and concerned with the spiritual futures of the internet. Their work mines the interplay of art, futurist science and history.

TEDxJohannesburg Salon - Presented by Ogojiii

A groundbreaking addition and highlight of the 2016 FNB JoburgArtFair is the first ever series of TEDxJohannesburg Salon Talks themed on the contemporary visual arts of Africa. TEDxJohannesburg Salon seeks to make the conversation around African visual art accessible to a broader audience.

Presented by Ogojiii magazine,the bi-monthly pan-African magazine for cutting edge perspectives on design, innovation, enterprise and current affairs from across the continent, the event features singular presentations, conversations and live performances.

TEDxJohannesburg Salon takes place at Theatre on The Square, is filmed and streamed online and live within the Fair. The speakers have been invited to respond to the idea of ART for AFRICA.

Mandy Coppes-Martin © Lizamore & Associates

Various contemporary galleries will present solo projects featuring established and emerging artists:

  • Clive van den Berg by Goodman Gallery
  • Mandy Coppes-Martin ,(South Africa) presented by Lizamore & Associates
  • Grace Cross (Zimbabwe) presented by SMITH studio
  • Io Makandal & Troy Makaza (South Africa, Zimbabwe) by Kalashnikovv Gallery and First Floor Gallery
  • Nelmarie du Preez (South Africa) presented by ROOM Gallery & Projects
  • Ruann Coleman (South Africa) presented by SMAC Gallery
  • For more information, visit www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za.

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