5 bits to look forward to at the 2018 FNB JoburgArtFair
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 ZangewaThis 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. Read more about the process of making the groundbreaking work.
4. Sue Williamson
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.View this post on Instagram
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