The FNB JoburgArtFair: 11 Years Celebrating & Empowering African Art
In its eleventh year of showcasing some of the most impressive contemporary art from South Africa and across the African continent, the FNB JoburgArtFair 2018 boasted a much wider range of international exhibitors, with more than 60 galleries and collectives from Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Africa’s most established art fair annually attracts more that 10 000 art enthusiasts for a weekend that featured an incredible selection of contemporary art and an exciting programme of art talks led by leading curators, academics, artists and gallerists, as well as performances and film screenings.
This year was no different with some notable highlights including Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh, South African photographer Roger Ballen, sculptural artist, performer and textile designer Mark Rautenbach, former FNB Art Prize winner Turiya Magadlela and this year’s Featured Artist Billie Zangewa.
After many years of celebrating great artists who reside elsewhere in the world as featured artists, FNB JoburgArtFair felt it was time to focus on Johannesburg talent and express the lives of those who live here. Billie Zangewa works primarily with raw silk offcuts in intricate hand stitched collages. Her work has been included in many prestigious collections and exhibitions worldwide.
According to FNB’s Chief Marketing Officer, Faye Mfikwe, The FNB JoburgArtFair has over the past 11 years ensured a rich platform that continually unearths African artists who not only create exquisite art but are also at the forefront in creating contemporary African conversations that intrigue the world over. Added to that the The FNB Art Prize has further gone on to celebrate the best work of shining African artists and allowed for enhanced creative dialogue within the growing contemporary African art markets – from inspiration, to creation.
This year’s FNB Art Prize winner Haroon Gunn-Salie has established a collaborative art practice that translates community oral histories into artistic interventions and installations. His latest work ‘Senzenina' features a powerful immersive installation about the Marikana Massacre, transporting viewers to the site of the killings through a soundscape of archival audio and composed elements that recreate the minutes before and after. Haroon’s ability to open up spaces for people to engage with difficult or unspoken issues has garnered him acclaim throughout the world.
The FNB JoburgArtFair continues to introduce African artists to an international audience of art lovers, galleries, collectors, writers and even those new to the art space, further enabling growth and empowering artists.