Art Africa Fair: What To Expect

WORDS Michaela Stehr

Are you a collector? The exciting Art Africa Fair is set to take place at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from 24 February to 5 March 2017.

The fair is curated by the internationally acclaimed curator and artistic director Salimata Diop, photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha, designer and photographer Pierre-Christophe Gam, artist Thembinkosi Goniwe and artist Ruzy Rusike.

The exhibition draws on individual experiences, highlighting local culture and African ideas, while creating a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, network and build their names.

The 10-day event will involve the following:

  • Bright Young Things Award and Exhibition

Eight finalists have been chosen to create and exhibit new work at the exhibition. Three finalists will then be chosen for residency awards.

  • Photography and Lens-Based Media

Curated by award-winning photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha, this exhibition is to counter preconceived notions of Africa in Western media by looking at works that aim to rewrite African histories.

  • A Flagrant Arcade in Contemporary Art

A curatorial duologue between Thembinkosi Goniwe and Ruzy Rusike, A Flagrant Arcade seeks to contribute to the appreciation of the contemporary art of African artists.

  • Consume What You Produce!

This structure will act as a performance space, a talk platform and a food counter serving exclusively African-inspired cuisine.

  • VIP Lounge and Social Hub

Pierre-Christophe Gam will be curating the fair’s VIP Lounge and Social Hub spaces. Created for the exchange of ideas, these spaces will encourage a relaxed, engaging environment for artists, gallerists, collectors, and thought-leaders to interact, with open access to the media.


THAT ART PARTY provides a space to interact and listen to African music after the event.

Held at Jubilee Hall, Watershed, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Art Africa Fair will run from 24 February 2017 until 5 March 2017. Tickets are available via event runs from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Entry is R100 for adults, R80 for pensioners and students and children under 12 are free.

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