Ever evolving: the 11th edition of 1-54 London

Founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, 1-54 is the leading global contemporary African art fair, with its name drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent.


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This article is sponsored by 1-54

The 11th edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will see the internationally renowned fair return to Somerset House for four days, from 12 to 15 October 2023. As the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, 1-54 London 2023 will host over 60 international exhibitors, its largest number to date, representing a total of 31 countries. 

Of the 62 international exhibitors, one third are from the African continent; and 14 galleries will participate at the fair’s London edition for the first time. Newcomers to the fair include Affinity Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria), Efie Gallery (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Asfalto (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Krystel Ann Art (Lisbon, Portugal), Hannah Traore Gallery (New York, USA), and The African Art Hub (London, UK), among others. 

New and returning exhibitors will present over 170 artists working across an array of media, from painting and sculpture to mixed media and installation. Works will be on view from established artists such as Joana Choumali, Ibrahim El Salahi and Soly Cissé and from young and emerging artists including Josué Comoe, Anya Paintsil and Edozie Anedu. 

Additionally, the Moroccan artist Amine El Gotaibi will present his most ambitious work to date: Illuminate the Light – an installation of twelve individual geometric sculptures, inspired by the seeds of a pomegranate, that vary widely in shape and colour to represent the diversity and abundance of the African continent. This work is specially commissioned for the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House.

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