The annual FNB Joburg Art Fair will return to Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 11 – 13 September 2015. The eighth edition of the Fair features over 50 exhibitors from seven countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Faye Mfikwe, FNB Chief Marketing Officer says “As a proudly South African bank with roots that extend into several other countries on the African continent and further afield, First National Bank (FNB) endeavours to sustain the support of art on our continent through the FNB Joburg Art Fair, one of the largest and most established fairs on the continent.”
The FNB Joburg Art Fair brings together artists, curators and collectors for the conceptual visioning of contemporary African art. This year, the Fair will feature curated exhibitions by some of the best contemporary galleries, alongside a programme of critically acclaimed Special Projects, Talks, Performances and Film Screenings. Fair Curator, Lucy MacGarry, commented on the eighth edition “We want to continue to make a positive contribution to the local arts industry, while growing our representation of international African galleries. The focus this year, has been on encouraging galleries to bring experimental work and competitive presentations to the Fair.”
New online partner, Artsy will take the Fair to a global audience by hosting a dedicated preview and digital catalogue of FNB Joburg Art Fair accessible via Artsy.net and the Artsy iPhone app. The preview will include browseable exhibitor booths, editorial content, and the opportunity for collectors to make direct sales inquiries on artworks directly through the site. Artsy’s coverage of the fair will launch publicly on Tuesday, September 8, with an exclusive VIP preview on Monday, September 7. We would also like to welcome our 2015 Advisory Committee members: Koyo Kouoh (RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, Dakar), Bisi Silva (Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos), Jay Pather (Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town), Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and Zoe Whitley (TATE, London).
This esteemed team of experts has provided strategic guidance for new programming at this year’s Fair. Special Projects turns its focus to experimental film and live performance, presenting ambitious new work from a central theatre space. The full programme of film screenings, performances and talks will be announced at the official Media Launch on 12 August. The Johannesburg Art Gallery, in partnership with Artlogic and Goodman Gallery, proudly present Candice Breitz as this year’s Featured Artist. Internationally acclaimed, Breitz combines the modes of film and performance in her installation Him + Her – marking its inaugural showing in South Africa. This work will be shown alongside a new project conceived especially for the Fair. International film content will also feature courtesy of the Goethe-Institut, which has invited the prestigious Short Film Festival Oberhausen to South Africa.
In addition, Loop Barcelona will screen their 2015 Discovery Award finalists’ works, while the artists of the Johannesburg Pavilion will debut new work created in-situ during the 56th Venice Biennale. In partnership with the 133 Arts Foundation and with the support of the City of Joburg, the Johannesburg Pavilion is a new programme that aims to facilitate the exposure of African artists abroad. Our live performance programme ranges from emerging South African artists such as Kieron Jina to the internationally acclaimed Mamela Nyamza and Nelisiwe Xaba.
Benjamin Patterson, an American musician, artist and one of the founders of the Fluxus movement will also be making a rare appearance.
This year’s FNB Art Prize, which awards a young artist the financial means and opportunity to create a new project for the Fair, was juried by eminent African curators Koyo Kouoh (Senegal) and Bisi Silva (Nigeria). South African artist Turiya Magadlela (born 1978) takes the honours this year and will present a large-scale installation comprising a grid of steel institutional beds arranged in a cell-like constellation, made over in correctional service fabrics. The installation entitled, Imihuzuko takes a unique look at the state of our prisons and brings into sharp focus the realities of present-day incarceration. Highlights on the Talks programme include the panel ‘Collecting the Intangible: New Strategies for Acquisition’, to be led by A4 Art Foundation Curator, Joshua Ginsburg.
Featured Artist Candice Breitz, will engage in conversation with the Tate’s Curator of International Art, Zoe Whitley. Art Basel’s 2016 Parcours Curator, Samuel Leuenberger, will present ‘Curatorial Experiments and the Development of Ideas’, while the infamous publisher, Gerhard Steidl will explain why ‘Print is not Dead’. Artlogic has collaborated with interior architect firm, Studium to re-envision the layout of the Fair.
Our food and drink area will have the feel of a market and will incorporate collaborative projects such as the Absolut Vodka Art
Bar designed by South African artist Cameron Platter.Our new FNB Private Wealth VIP Lounge will be the go-to destination, boasting a curated exhibition of African Modernists courtesy of the Avedia Foundation. The VIP Lounge is complemented by a full VIP programme hosted on and off-site by Egon Zehnder. Coveted events on
Saturday the 12th September include a VIP Gala Cocktail Evening at the Fair hosted by Artlogic, Egon Zehnder, Orange Babies and the Click Foundation as well as the official Art Party at Alexander Theatre, Braamfontein.
FNB JoburgArtFair takes place at the Sandton Convent
ion Centre, Exhibition Hall 1
161 Maude Street, Sandton
Dates: 11 – 13 September 2015.
Friday, 11 September: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, 12 September: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, 13 September: 10am – 5pm
For more information, please visit: www.joburgartfair.co.za