Cape Town Art Fair 2016: Emerging Artists

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo


The Cape Town Art Fair has selected eight emerging artists for an exhibition titled Consuming Us.

In our Feb/March 2016 issue (VISI 82), we interviewed five art lovers that included an artist, art magazine publishers, a gallerist and a young couple who are avid collectors. We spoke to them in anticipation of the upcoming annual Cape Town Art Fair, and they confirmed what we here at VISI HQ have known for a while: contemporary African art is where it’s at.

As part of their Tomorrows/Today special project co-curated by Ruth Simbao and Azu Nwagbogu, the Cape Town Art Fair has selected eight emerging artists for an exhibition titled Consuming Us. The project takes cognisance of the outdated, shallow and singular ideas the Western world often has of African art. There is also a clear understanding that in reality contemporary African artists are producing work that is varied, complex, questioning and open-ended.

Cape Town Art Fair 2016

Here, the eight selected young artists will explore and speak about ideas that consume them. The exhibition will consider the ways in which tomorrow’s artists cannot be pinned down by today’s ideas. A winning artist will be chosen and awarded R75 000. The eight artists are Gresham Tapiwa Nyaunde, Kyle Morland, Lady Skollie, Msimba Hwati, Mathias Chirombo, Rehema Chachage, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze and Thania Petersen.

The Cape Town Art Fair will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 19 – 21 February 2016. Visit capetownartfair.co.za to book tickets.

Looking for more on local art? Here’s what happened at The Cape Town Art Fair in 2015.