Art X Lagos will hold its second edition from November 3 – 5 with 13 leading international art galleries and over 60 artists from 14 countries across Africa and the Diaspora participating.
Tokini Peterside, Art X Lagos founder and director, who said she created the fair to contribute to the positioning of modern and contemporary African art at the forefront, made the announcement at a recent unveiling media event in Lagos.
As Africa emerges in the wider contemporary art market, she said, the world is waking up to the potential of its art market and we have witnessed very exciting developments in recent years, of which Art X Lagos is one.
“ART X Lagos is an African platform for African artists, on the African continent – We celebrate artists, art students, scholars, collectors, art professionals and art lovers, who are playing a fair role in the growth of African economies, which are now among the fastest growing in the world,” she added.
Among the artists the fair is celebrating this year are the Nigerian-born, British-based, globally renowned artist and sculptor Yinka Shonibare MBE, as well as Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Jeremiah
Quarshie (Ghana), Modupeola Fadugba (Nigeria), Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland), Virginia Chihota
(Zimbabwe) and Boris Nzebo (Cameroon).
Others are Babajide Olatunji (Nigeria), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana), Amadou Sanogo (Mali) and Portia Zvavahera (Zimbabwe).
In addition, Art X Lagos has invited Polly Alakija, Rom Isichei, Lakin Ogunbanwo and Oluseye, all of them independent artists to present a curated selection of their own works.
The 13 exhibiting galleries include: Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Bloom Art
(Nigeria), Fondation Donwahi (Ivory Coast), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Galerie Atiss (Senegal), Gallery
MAM (Cameroon), Nubuke Foundation (Ghana), Retro Africa (Nigeria), Signature Beyond (Nigeria),
SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), TAFETA (United Kingdom), and
Tiwani Contemporary (United Kingdom).
The galleries were chosen by a selection committee, led by N’Goné Fall, the renowned Senegalese curator, art critic and cultural consultant, and Femi Lijadu, one of Nigeria’s most respected art collectors.
TP-Collective, which organises the event, said the November 3 event will include an invitation-only VIP preview, after which the art fair will open to the public from November 4 and 5.
There is no change in the Civic Centre, Victoria Island venue where the maiden edition took place last year with an audience of over 5,000 people.
The organisers said this year’s edition promises to be even more dynamic, as much of the 2016 programme structure returns, with new, vibrant content aimed at reaching a wider audience. The 2017 edition of ART X Lagos will include exhibiting galleries and artists, special curated projects, a programme of talks, the Art X Prize, and a music show – Art X Live!
Also, there will be curated projects across performance art, installation, photography and video art.
The artists selected by Curator and Founder of art journal Another Africa, Missla Libsekal, are: Nástio Mosquito (Angola) and Pere Ortin, Lemi Ghariokwu (Lagos, Nigeria), Yaw Owusu (Accra,
Ghana), Rahima Gambo (Abuja, Nigeria), Johnson Uwadinma (Port Harcourt, Nigeria), Olu Amoda
(Lagos, Nigeria) and Wura Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria / USA).
The Access Bank Collection will present to the general public for the first time ever in Nigeria, seven wooden sculptures by Ben Enwonwu MBE, originally commissioned by the Daily Mirror in 1960, to mark the artist’s 100th birthday anniversary.
A programme of talks, also curated by Missla Libsekal, will include artist talks with Njideka Akunyili
Crosby, the Nigerian-born LA-based artist recently shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize
2017, and Lemi Ghariokwu, the mastermind behind Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti’s album artwork. The
talks will also include a panel discussion about collecting contemporary art in Nigeria, sponsored by
Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, amongst others.