CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2016
by Ladun Ogidan
From the 19th to the 21st of February 2016, the fourth edition of the Cape Town Art Fair will take place at its new home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). A leading international art fair on the African continent showcasing contemporary art from Africa and around the world, it is one of the flagship events produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa.
The fair has proudly announced the participating galleries for its fourth edition. According to Fair Director, Matthew Partridge, “The fair will feature a diversity of work that represents the forefront of innovation, bringing together contemporary art from Africa and the world”.
Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao, co-curators of the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair’s special project, Tomorrows/Today, will be joined by a jury panel comprising of Visual Art Curator at the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria, Luigi Fassi; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko National Gallery, Ernestine White and Producer of SABC’s Generations, Mfundi Vundla.
The Talks Program, which will feature a host of local and international participants, will aim to reconsider the relationships of art fairs, cultural institutions and inter-continental exchange whilst focusing on Africa’s place in the global conversation around contemporary art production.
International speakers will include Founder and Director of Biz Art in Shanghai, Davide Quadrio; Curator of International Art at London’s Tate Modern, Kerryn Greenberg; Clare Lilley, Director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Curator of the Frieze Sculpture Park 2015; Alia Swastika, Director of the 13th Biennale Jogja Yogyakarta and artist Zhuang Hui from China. They will be joined by Curator of Special Projects at the Wits Art Museum, Fiona Rankin-Smith; Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Christopher Till, Director of the upcoming Javett Centre for the Arts at the University of Pretoria and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
Moderators of the panels will include the Head Curator at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Claudio Cravero; the Director of the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, Mark Coetzee and Head of Production and International Projects at the Liverpool Biennale, Francesca Bertolotti. The final platform on the Talks Program will feature a round table discussion between artist Sue Williamson who will be joined by journalist Sean O’Toole and Mark Gevisser who will be discussing her upcoming monograph, Sue Williamson: Life and Work, edited Gevisser and published by Skira.
For more information and the full list of participating galleries, visit www.capetownartfair.co.za.
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