Art’s the Word
The seventh Investec Cape Town Art Fair happens at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 to 17 February 2019; here’s a peek at some of the highlights
Where else in South Africa but at the annual Investec Cape Town Art Fair can you view artworks presented by more than 100 galleries and exhibitors from around Africa and the world? From the most promising emerging artists to those exploring the digital world’s influence on reality, the subject of art is all covered.
Every year, the popular Talks programme unpacks a variety of relevant topics, with the 2019 line-up another exciting prospect. Ever imagined investing in the digital arts, or wondered about the current state of exhibition making? A panel of esteemed local and international scholars and curators lead the discussion in “Curating in the 21st Century”.
Participants include Renaud Proch, executive director of Independent Curators International in New York; Khwezi Gule, curator of the Johannesburg Art Gallery; and Claudio Cravero, head of content and curation at GSM Projects in Dubai.
For those eager to brave the investmentwaters, look out for Tomorrows/Today, a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging and underrated artists from Africa and around the world selected by Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka. “For visitors who intend investing in the future, or invest their time in exploring the present, it’s important that the Investec Cape Town Art Fair sets the bar while ushering in a new crop of artists annually,” he says.
The ongoing SOLO section will see young artists exploring the effects of the digital world on our lived realities. Confirmed artists here include Kyu Sang Lee, represented by Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town; Ibrahim Mahama with A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy; Sitaara Stodel with SMITH Studio in Cape Town; and Regina José Galindo with Prometeo Gallery in Milan, Italy.
Other African galleries that will be involved are Afriart Gallery in Kampala; Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi; Espaço Luanda Arte and This is not a White Cube, both in Luanda; First Floor Gallery Harare; Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery in Abidjan; and Omenka Gallery in Lagos.
Click here to read our conversation with Lagos-based photographer Medina Dugger, who’ll be exhibiting her work at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
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