More than 100 galleries and exhibitors from around Africa and the world will be taking part in the upcoming Investec Cape Town Art Fair, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from February 15 to 17.
The Cape Town art scene, currently one of the fastest-growing in the world, is a compelling destination for the expected 18000 visitors, collectors, galleries, curators, artists and art journalists from around the globe.
Local and international visitors will descend on the Mother City to see work that represents the forefront of contemporary art, live performances, attend talks, soak up the sun and create connections at the forefront of the contemporary art world.
Now in its seventh edition, organizers of Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 have once again pulled out all the stops to ensure that visitors view the best of contemporary African, and international art and that the experience doesn’t stop at the CTICC doors.
Enter ten must-see experiences centred on the artists, galleries and exhibitions taking place at Investec Cape Town Art Fair and beyond.
- Talk Talk
The Talks Programme turns towards the mid 21st Century, an epoch of schismatic change and undefined perspectives. The panel “Curating in the 21st Century” will feature esteemed scholars and curators from diverse localities to unpack the state of exhibition making today.
Participants include Renaud Proch, Director of Independent Curators International, New York City, who will be joined by Chief curator Khwezi Gule of Jo’burg Art Gallery. This panel will anchor the series of talks touching on everything new, safe and unchartered in the art world.
- Tomorrow’s Talent Today
TOMORROWS/TODAY is a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging and under recognized artists from Africa and around the world selected by Investec Cape Town Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka.
The local art scene is not short of rising stars, nor is it short of blazing stars. The point is how to get the one to develop into the other. “For Investec Cape Town Art Fair visitors who intend on investing in the future, or invest their time in exploring the present, it’s important that the art fair sets the bar while ushering in a new crop of artists, annually,” says Mosaka. “For this reason the fair has established this major platform.”
As the title implies, the ongoing theme is one of transformation showcasing the most thought provoking voices. Mosaka will also head up a jury that will award the annual cash prize to the most promising and dynamic booth from the section.
- Digital Directions
The 2019 incarnation of the ongoing SOLO section of Investec Cape Town Art Fair will explore the effects of the digital world on our lived realities. As its name suggests, the extensive exhibition will include solo presentations, but this year it is the mediums that will bear the message as artworks reflective of new and traditional skill sets that will hold a deep conversation with one another. So get into the unstable relationship between the physical and digital space, the real and hyperreal.
- Afrika Rising
South Africa’s ebullient gallery circuit is fully represented at Investec Cape Town Art Fair, meaning that a swing down the art fair isles will give visitors a full picture of contemporary South African art. But the range of vision of anyone hoping to critically evaluate, or buy a stake in, a particular artist’s career needs to include an awareness of creation beyond the borders of home.
The African galleries represented at Investec Cape Town Art Fair include Afriart Gallery of Kampala, Nairobi’s Circle Art Gallery, Espaco Luanda Arte, First Floor Gallery of Harare, Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery of Abidjan, Omenka Gallery of Lagos and This is not a White Cube, also from Luanda. These, as well as galleries from Western Centres specializing in African contemporary art, will no doubt pay homage to, and benefit from, the current zeitgeist.
- Witness The World Stage
This year saw William Kentridge celebrated at the Tate Modern for his production ‘The Head & the Load’; and Kemang wa Lehulere was celebrated for his first solo exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery in London.
While a select few South Africans arrive in the international spotlight, the race is on to integrate the local scene into the international scene, and vice versa. The international scene can also make an impact on the local art scene by showing itself at prestigious events like Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
The list of top international galleries represented at Investec Cape Town Art Fair is long, proving that the southern tip of Africa is not at the tail end of the wider world’s collective consciousness. Check them out: they come from Melbourne, Paris, London, Rome, Milan, Brussels, Hamburg, Dubai, and the list goes on.
* For more information, visit www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za.