With the 2018 FNB JoburgArtFair around the corner, House and Leisure rounds up some of the must-sees at one of our favourite events of the year. What’s on your list?
1. Africa in Joburg
With more than 54 countries from Africa represented at the fair this year, the weekend’s activities will make it the largest fair dedicated to contemporary art on the continent. From Ethiopia’s Addis Fine Art (who will be showing the work of Addis Gezehagn), to Angola’s Espaco Luanda Arte (ELA), it is a rare opportunity to see Africa through the eyes of its most visionary artists.
2. Haroon Gunn-Salie
The winner of the FNB Art Prize was announced at an FNB JoburgArtFair event on 15 August, and the honours went to Cape Town-born artist Haroon Gunn-Salie, whose work challenges difficult ideas about power in South Africa.
Read more about his forthcoming installation due to be exhibited at the fair.
3. Billie Zangewa
This year’s FNB JoburgArtFair Featured Artist of The Year, Billie Zangewa, invited House and Leisure to her beautiful home in Johannesburg recently, where she is busy putting the final touches to one of the artworks due to premiere at her installation of work at the fair.
4. Sue Williamson
Sue Williamson’s Messages from the Atlantic Passage took the 2017 visitors of Art Basel, Switzerland by storm with its powerful narrative of the movements of slaves across the Atlantic ocean. It is critical that this work is also viewed and spoken about on the African continent and it is for this reason that this installation will be presented at this year’s FNB JoburgArtFair. Detail: Sue Williamson "Messages from the Atlantic Passage" #FNBJoburgArtFair
Pioneering artist Sue Williamson will be showing part of a large installation called Messages from the Atlantic Passage, which is based on research into the shipping records of vessels that loaded captives taken from West Africa to be sold into slavery in America.
Read more about her and Messages from the Atlantic Passage in our recent Q&A with Sue Williamson.
5. Kabelo Malatasie’s Curated Talks Programme
Join us for our Talks Programme, curated by Kabelo Malatsie on Saturday Sept 8! ———— ‘The talks programme is a provocation for art practitioners to tackle the question “Who’s It For?” in the hope that this question instigates discussions beyond this programme.’ – Kabelo Malatsie, Talks Programme Curator #fnbjoburgartfair
Joburg-based curator and writer Kabelo Malatsie, who we profile in our Art issue, has put together an inspired list of talks and discussions featuring some of the continent’s most inspiring thinkers. For more on the FNB JoburgArtFair, have a look at the catalogue for this year’s event.