FNB Art Joburg 2020 Goes Online

WORDS Palesa Kgasane IMAGES courtesy of FNB Art Joburg

The annual FNB ART Joburg art fair will be broadcast online from 6 – 18 November 2020, featuring contemporary art from South Africa and beyond.

Following the move that numerous international art fairs have had to make, this year’s FNB Art Joburg fair will be available online, 24/7, making the diverse showcase freely accessible to the public. “In our efforts to ensure that we have a safe and successful virtual showcase, we moved the dates out slightly to allow us to fine tune our newly built and innovative platform, and to provide art lovers with the best experience similar to a live showcase”, says Head of FNB Sponsorship, Bonga Sebesho.

Cyrus Kabiru – The Planet Order, 2020. Steel and found objects. 200 x 210 cm.

Renowned for being one of the most prestigious contemporary art fairs on the African continent, the 13th edition continues in its mission to promote art from local and international galleries that have a connection to Africa. The exciting programme features works from 13 countries and 33 galleries. International works will come from Angola, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Portugal, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Sizwe Sibisi – Building Memories, 2020. Hand-stitched patchwork with linen flannel, lycra and cotton. 82 x 131 cm.

The digital fair is separated into two sections: the main section and Gallery LAB. The Gallery LAB includes solo presentations which were, for the first time, open to proposals from curators representing independent artists as well as galleries. Art lovers can expect to discover new works from emerging talents and seasoned artists in this section, which is co-curated by Banele Khoza and Nicole Siegantheler, and features not only traditional features, but augmented reality installations too.

Olanrewaju Tejuoso – Omi Obe, 2019.

This year also marks the 10th year of the FNB Art Prize and Cape Town-based artist Lady Skollie has been announced as this year’s winner. “As someone who never fit in, someone who dropped out of art school, someone who only got South African representation at the age of 31, winning a local art prize makes me feel like my existence is validated,” she says.

Lady Skollie. Image credit: Stuart Whipps. Courtesy East Side Projects, Birmingham.

Find out more about this year’s fair and see a full list of exhibitors at artjoburg.com.