The magic of art comes alive in Sandton

The magic of art comes alive in Sandton

The FNB JoburgArtFair returns to the Sandton Convention Centre from Friday to Sunday, September 11 to 13, presenting 50 modern and contemporary exhibitors from eight countries.

Exhibitors have a choice of different categories for the presentation of their artworks. ‘Galleries’ is the main exhibition sector for established galleries, while ‘Young Galleries’ is the category for new galleries younger than 3 years old. ‘Art Platforms’ focuses on not-for-profit arts entities and educational establishments and ‘Gallery Special Projects’ offers exhibitors the opportunity to present a curated project. This includes presentations by a single artist, multiple artists within a singular curatorial concept, or exceptional art historical material.

The 2015 programme turns its focus to the role of contemporary performance art staged live or recorded through the medium of art form film. The programme is directed by Fair Curator, Lucy MacGarry in conversation with Koyo Kouoh (RAW Material), Bisi Silva (CCA Lagos), Jay Pather (GIPCA), Karolina Lewandowska (Centre Pompidou) and Zoe Whitely (Tate Modern).

The 2015 Fair also sees the fifth edition of the FNB Art Prize – a major opportunity for an artist to realise a new work at the Fair.

The FNB Art Prize was launched in 2011. All galleries participating in the Fair are given the opportunity to nominate one of their artists for consideration by our jury. The winning artist receives a cash prize of R100 000 as well as the opportunity to showcase their work in a dedicated space at the FNB JoburgArtFair. The two highly respected judges tasked with selecting this year’s recipient were Senegalise curator, Koyo Kouoh, and Nigerian curator, Bisi Silva. Twenty-five galleries presented high quality proposals and this year’s FNB Art Prize winner is South African artist, Turiya Magadlela.

Magadlela (born 1978) uses a variety of common-place fabrics such as nylon pantyhose, correctional services sheeting and uniforms in her work. By playing with the associations intrinsic to these fabrics, Magadlela imbues her work with meaning. In her practice of stitching, folding and stretching these materials across wooden frames, Magadlela creates formally stringent, abstract compositions.

For the FNB Art Prize 2015, Magadlela presents a series of works under the title, ‘Imihuzuko’ (an iteration of which was shown at the Johannesburg Art Gallery from May – July 2015). Magadlela began work on this series in 2013 in an ongoing contemplation on the history of incarcerated black South African leaders. Using traditional Xhosa cloth and correctional service fabrics with their torn edges, creases and exposed stitching, she tells a story of our complex history in subtle, minimal compositions. Individual works are named for past incarcerated kings, chiefs and prophets such as Kgosi Galeshewe, Langalibalele and Hintsa.

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Friday: 12pm – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday: 10am – 5pm

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