1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair // Frieze London 2015

1:54       Somerset House, 15-18 October


HASSAN HAJJAJ, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco. Lives and works in Marakech, and London where he runs the Larache Studio , 32-34 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP.

HASSAN HAJJAJ, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco. Lives and works in Marakech, and London.



OMAR VICTOR DIOP, born in 1980 in Dakar, Senegal. Lives and works in Dakar.
MALICK SIDIBÉ born in Bamako, Mali in 1936 where he has worked most of his life, documenting subculture.
SIAKA SOPPO TRAORÉ’s family originates from Burkina Faso, Siaka was born in Douala (Cameroon’s largest city) and spent most of his upbringing in Togo. Today, he navigates the creative scene in Senegal as a street photographer. Heavily influenced, as well as involved in hip-hop performance and capoeira, Traoré Soppo documents the rising Senegalese scene of urban street performance.
OTOBONG NKANGA was born in 1974 in Kano, Nigeria. Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.
PAULO KAPELA, born in 1947 in Uige, Angola. Lives and works in Luanda, Angola. Enrolled at Poto-Poto School of Painting in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo in early 1960s.  He is well-respected on home-turf and internationally.
More Paulo Kapela…
PAA JOE and JACOB TETTEH-ASHONG. Born in 1947/1988 in Akwapim, Ghana. Both live and work in Accra, Ghana. Did someone say TANZANITE? Actually, wrong, these are fantasy coffins…ha.  Seriously, google image ‘ghana funerals’ – there are airplanes, and Coke bottles – shoes, I’m getting one of them…not shoes, I’d like to have an eagle, or something with antlers on its head – maybe a pyramid with antlers, and an eye…this is my new fave question.  IF YOUR COFFIN COULD BE SHAPED AS ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU MAKE IT INTO?  Excellent…there’s a fish, a cow in a rowing boat, a pineapple, a petrol station, AMMMMAZING.
LAWRENCE LEMAOANA. Born in 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives and works Jo’burg.
JEBILA OKONGWU Born in 1975 in London, UK. Lives and works in Rome.
MAURO PINTO. Born in 1974 in Maputo, Mozambique. Lives and works in Maputo.
KAPWANI KIWANGA. Born in 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She lives and works in Paris, France.
AYANA V JACKSON. Born in 1977 in New Jersey. Lives and works in Jo’burg, Paris, and NYC.
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MÁRIO MACILAU. Born in 1984 in Maputo, Mozambique. Lives and works in Maputo.
MÁRIO MACILAU. Born in 1984 in Maputo, Mozambique. Lives and works in Maputo.


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.




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