1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair // Frieze London 2015
1:54 Somerset House, 15-18 October
Africa is the most raw of nations, the rage I feel when I listen to stories from just a handful of the 54 countries, is raw, as can be the laughter – as deep as the rape of the land. I hope you like this selection of amazing art…there’s so much more if it, if you’re able to visit, either the countries, or this sideshow for Frieze – which my friend calls: ‘the art supermarket for the super-rich’, tickets to 1:54 are £15 or £10 for concessions. 2015 sees the third edition, where 33 exhibitors present over 150 artists, aside five curated projects. There are a number of events, talks and films between now and Sunday, when it closes at 18.00. The fair was founded by Touria El Glaoui, daughter of the Moroccan artist, Hassan El Glaoui. She worked in banking and international business development before becoming a member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Leighton House and a trustee of the Marrakech Biennial. The first 1:54 Pop-Up was in May, at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn.