1:54, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, launches its inaugural New York edition at Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Selected exhibitors will hail from global territories such as South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA to showcase over 60 emerging and established international artists.
A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 has established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary African art market, with an expert selection of participating galleries and artists and its ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers.
Spanning several generations and diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, the selection includes works by Edson Chagas, star of the Angolan Pavilion – awarded the prestigious accolade for Best National Participation at the 55th Venice Biennale; Prix Pictet shortlist photographer Sammy Baloji; Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté; Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh; Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama; and Nigerian curator and artist Lavar Munroe; many of which have been selected for presentation at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale. New York art-goers will likely recognize numerous artists establishing a global presence, such as Aboudia and Boris Nzebo from Jack Bell Gallery (London), Maïmouna Guerresi and ruby onyinyechi amanze from Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), and Joël Andrianomearisoa from Primo Marella Gallery (Milan).