The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town hosted the Art Africa Fair between the 24th February to the 5th March 2017 and was the first fully-curated international event. The International Public Art festival (Ipaf) took part in it and exhibited the work of their street artists.
Along with the prime location and timing, Art Africa Fair boasted a line-up of internationally acclaimed curators and is sure to draw considerable global attention. Some of our participating street artists from the IPAFest have exhibited their work during the fair. Raphaël Federicci, Mars the Spray Guy, Clement Mougel, Senzart911, Ana Kuni, Julia Marie Grey and Jack Fox were all present on the gallery’s walls representing the continuation of the Public Art festival movement which took place in the streets of Salt River in the month of February 2017. To read more about the festival click here or visit the festival’s website www.ipafest.co.za .
The fully-curated approach to the fair is a first for Africa and through a well considered panel of curators, the event will present a unique snapshot of the continent’s most exciting contemporary talent, resulting in an immersive, multi-sensory experience from a diverse range of contemporary artists. The Art Africa Fair is structured around a dynamic curatorial programme with an open call for participation to artists and galleries. Unlike other commercial fairs, this curatorial model favours an alternative, museum-styled exhibition experience, inviting artists and galleries to propose work that provokes alternate artistic visions of the continent, as defined by individual, lived experiences. This approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa.
The Art Africa Fair 2017 brings forth a new wave of creative energy and celebrates the artist as the hero of the show.
As a commercial art fair, their fully-curated approach is a first for the continent. Through their carefully selected panel of curators, the event will present a unique snapshot of Africa’s most exciting contemporary talents, allowing for an immersive, multi-sensory art experience from a diverse range of contemporary artists.
International Public Art festival artworks from Senzart911
This approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa. As the participating curator, Uche Okpa-Iroha describes, “Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it than Africans?”