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1:54, the international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art has returned to London in celebration to its fifth edition between 5-8 October 2017 at Sommerset House.With 42 leading galleries from 17 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America, the fair has presented diverse work from over 130 emerging and established artists. Here are some highlights of the art fair:
Born in South Africa, Nelson Makamo is a storyteller of lives within the urban sprawl, he captures humanity’s routine with an acute sensitivity.
Mary Sibande’s work not only engages as an interrogator of the current intersections of race, gender, and labour in South Africa but continues to actively rewrite her own family’s legacy of forced work imposed by the then Apartheid State.
Sibande employs the human form as a vehicle through painting and sculpture, to explore the construction of identity in a postcolonial South African context, but also attempts to critique stereotypical depictions of women, particularly black women in our society.