1:54 London opens tomorrow at Somerset House
Join us tomorrow and until Sunday as we celebrate the 5th London edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Striving to promote a diverse set of African perspectives from around the world, 1:54 will be showcasing 42 leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art from 17 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.
Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 October, 11:00-19:00
Sunday 8 October, 11:00-18:00
1:54 Lounge designed by Yinka Ilori
Yinka Ilori’s installation titled A United Family eats from the same plate, will transform the 1:54 lounge with multi-coloured, custom made furniture pieces, inspired by Nigerian oral traditions and aesthetics. IKOYI, a West African inspired restaurant, will take over the lounge bar with their fusion drinks and snacks, don’t miss a chance to try their amazing cocktails and snacks!
Hassan Hajjaj’s first UK solo show in 7 years: La Caravane
1:54 has partnered with Somerset House to present Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane (until 7 January 2018), showcasing new and celebrated works.
Pascale Marthine Tayou’s site-specific installation: Summer Surprise
In The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court of Somerset House, Pascale Marthine Tayou presents Summer Surprise, a site-specific work conceived for 1:54 and produced by Galleria Continua exploring ‘togunas’ – public structures native to Mali that facilitate debate and exchange at the heart of a community.
Emeka Ogboh’s new commissioned sound piece Ebube Dike presented in the Stamp Stairs
A pioneer of sound art, Emeka Ogboh creates sensory experiences that evoke a sense of place. Through sound, video and photography Ogboh explores the historical, economic and social structures of cities. Commissioned by Modern Forms and presented at 1:54, Ogboh presents a new work combining the serenading properties of the Ọja (Igbo flute) with spoken or sung words into a sonic ode to African renaissance.
Artist Encounters with Abe Odedina (on Thursday 5th October, 12:00 – 12:30, Ed Cross Fine Art, booth G1B West Wing), Zineb Sedira (on Friday 6th October, 12:00 – 12:30, Plutschow Gallery, booth G19 South Wing) and Pedro Pires & Curtis Talwst Santiago (on Friday 6th October, 14:30 – 15:00, Gallery MOMO, boot G3 West Wing).
Don’t miss Hana Tefrati’s performance, Desire Path, a new durational performance transforming the West Wing corridor of 1:54 into a ‘desire path’ to call attention to the marginal spaces that queer communities often occupy in Morocco, on Friday 6 October at 15:00.