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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

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Portico Rooms and Navy Board Rooms, Somerset House, Temple

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Third London edition of the leading African art fair

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, this October marks its third edition at Somerset House, having returned from a successful New York debut earlier this year. The third London edition is designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects, led by architect Rashid Ali. It is 1:54’s biggest showcase yet with 38 exhibitors in total presenting over 150 African and African diasporan artists across the East, South and West Wings of Somerset House. Exhibitors for London 2015 hail from a multitude of geographies including South Africa, Morocco, Angola, Tunisia, Benin, Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the USA. 1:54 is accompanied by an educational and artistic programme curated by Koyo Kouoh and includes lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts. Day admission provides access to the fair on specified day. Redeemable one day only. Four-day admission provides access to the fair on all of its public opening days. Retain e-ticket to regain access. Concessions admit Senior Citizens, Registered Disabled, and Students. Valid ID required.

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