The inaugural Cape Town Art Fair is set to ignite renewed interest in the art scene in Mother City when it takes place at the V&A Waterfront this weekend.
This ground-breaking Fair – under the auspices of global exhibition giant, Fiera Milano, renowned for their acclaimed art fairs MiArt Italy and Art International Istanbul – is expected to reshape the contemporary art landscape in the city and indeed, in South Africa.
Cape Town curator Andrew Lamprecht believes that the Mother City could become the newest global art capital thanks to the launch of the Fair on Friday.
“As Cape Town prepares to host the World Design Capital next year with moves afoot to make it a true global art capital, it can only go from strength-to-strength and enrich the city and her people. This inaugural contemporary art fair heralds a new and exciting phase in Cape Town’s cultural life.”
Having already garnered impressive attention in international circles, the Cape Town Art Fair will feature 40 notable galleries and more than 130 artists will be exhibiting at the three day event. Art aficionados and the curious can catch the action at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay from Friday to Sunday, October 25 to 27.
Visitors will get to view works by many of South Africa’s most influential and important artists, as well as seeing the country’s enormous wealth of burgeoning young and emerging artists under one roof.
Lamprecht is the fair’s invited curator, not associated with any gallery, who will curate a production and performance of invited artist Barend de Wet. He is also curator of Michaelis in Cape Town.
“The last 10 years have seen a dramatic shift towards Cape Town being much more significant in South Africa as an art centre. We have more galleries than ever before and the artists who have made their home here are productive and reflect well in terms of the international market and current trends in the art world,” he says.
“In short I see that Cape Town is becoming a global art capital: one that sets trends and produces artists that do things that have never been done before.”
Highlights from the Fair include:
• Art talks by Lindeka Qampi covering the documentary ‘Life, Framed’
‘Life, Framed’ is Lindeka Qampi’s story. The artist fell in love with her camera and transformed her life from living on the margins to the centre frame. Qampi is a street photographer living in Khayelitsha, documenting the lives of the people she encounters in vibrant colour and rich texture. South Africa has a strong tradition of Street Photographers, this 25 minute documentary places Lindeka’s work within that frame. Her enchanting images have been exhibited in Europe and Moma San Francisco.
* October 25 at 6.30pm and October 27 at 3pm.
• ‘Druid Walk’ art talk by Willem Boshoff
Willem Boshoff is a South African artist known primarily for his conceptual installations. He is one of South Africa’s foremost contemporary artists and regularly exhibits nationally and internationally
* October 26 at 5pm
• Art and Africa talk
Ashraf Jamal (editor of Art South Africa) and Brendon Bell-Roberts (Publisher of Art South Africa) will discuss the new direction of Art South Africa magazine, Africa as a creative hub and African art in international arenas.
* October 27 at 1pm
• Wanted magazine video installation
Wanted magazine, curated by Gary Cottell, will have an installation of new video works by some of SA’s top contemporary artists including Mikhael Subotzky (Goodman Gallery), Haroon Gunn-Salie (Goodman Gallery), Khanyisile Mbongwe (Brendan & Gonsalves Gallery) and Cameron Platter (Whatiftheworld Gallery). Whether offering insights into a personal world, a critical eye or engaging the audience on a more participatory level, these artists are at the forefront of art creation.
• “A Tangled Skein” exhibition by Barend de Wet
“De Wet is in many ways one of the chief progenitors of many aspects of contemporary South African production, and particularly a generation of Cape Town-based artists who use the structures of the art world itself to gently critique it from within,” says Invited curator Andrew Lamprecht. De Wet uses the conventional language of “Contemporary Art” (e.g. sculpture, two-dimensional work, installation, video and performance) and this exhibition focuses on a recent concern (or perhaps an obsession) with wool and the “craft-based” objects that are produced by means of this material.
* For more information, call 076 550 1422; send an email to Liza@Lizadyason.com; or find them on Facebook under CTArtFair.