Athi-Patra Ruga, Jared Ginsburg, Lebohang Kganye, and Ed Young are four South Africans who will feature at the 22nd Armory Show’s ‘Focus: African Perspectives’ Special Projects this year 3-6 March. They join Mame-Diarra Niang, Emeka Ogboh, Karo Akpokiere and Kapwani Kiwanga.
Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery and STEVENSON will take part in The Armory Show’s Contemporary section, which features the world’s premier, international contemporary galleries.
The Armory Show will highlight eight special projects as part of its invitational “Focus: African Perspectives” section this year, according to information provided to Artsy.
Curators Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba—the first women to helm the annual Focus—will spotlight a broad range of young artists from Africa and the African diaspora at the fair’s 2016 edition next month. The eight projects, which both individually and collectively challenge the often simplistic conventional conceptions that surround Africa’s artistic output, will be spread across the fair’s home at Manhattan’s Piers 94 and 92.
About ‘Focus: African Perspectives’:
2016 ARMORY FOCUS: AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES
Armory Focus, now in its 7th edition, is an invitational section on Pier 94 that spotlights the artistic landscape of a different region each year.
Focus: African Perspectives – Spotlighting Artistic Practices of Global Contemporaries is curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of Contemporary And, an online platform for international art from African perspectives. Moving beyond conventional ideas of the African continent and its “counterpart,” “the Western hemisphere,” this year’s Focus will provide a glimpse of international artistic production from contemporary African viewpoints: emerging curators, artists, galleries and art spaces that connect scenes and markets through global networks. From Lagos to London to Luanda – and presented together for the first time in one location – this year’s Focus will examine the artistic developments and manifold narratives arising from African and African Diasporic artists, emphasizing geographic fluidity and global connections.
Invited Galleries & Exhibiting Artists:
- Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa: Emanuel Tegene
- blank, Cape Town: Turiya Magadlela
- Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi: Ato Malinda
- Echo Art, Lagos: Namsa Leuba
- Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan: François-Xavier Gbré
- Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle: ruby onyinyechi amanze
- October Gallery, London: Aubrey Williams, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
- Omenka Gallery, Lagos: Nengi Omuku
- Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris: Kapwani Kiwanga
- SMAC Gallery, Cape Town: Cyrus Kabiru
- Tiwani Contemporary, London: Francisco Vidal
- Vigo Gallery, London: Ibrahim El-Salahi
- Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin: Kapwani Kiwanga
- WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town: Dan Halter