1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2017

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 5 - 7 May 2017

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2017
3rd edition

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA
May, 5-7, 2017


MAGNIN-A booth: B03

With biannual editions in London and New York, 1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.

Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, May 2017 will mark its third consecutive edition at Pioneer Works, New York, having returned from its fourth London edition in October 2016.

The 2017 New York edition will welcome 20 galleries hailing from Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, the UK, the US and South Africa, collectively exhibiting the work of more than 60 contemporary artists of emerging and established profile. 1:54 aims to welcome a global mix of galleries that are dedicated to pioneering and supporting African art and artists from across the world.

1:54 New York 2017 will be accompanied by an educational and artistic programme, FORUM, curated by Koyo Kouoh and will include lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals.

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During the Art Fair, a Malick Sidibé Solo Show

Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali

Thursday, May 4 – Sunday, May 7
Red Hook Labs
133-135 Imlay Street, Brooklyn, NY11231

Red Hook Labs presents, in collaboration with 1:54 and MAGNIN-A, Paris, a solo exhibition of the late Malian photographer in celebration of his iconic career beginning in 1950s Bamako, Mali. Sidibé is acclaimed for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, in the wake of the country’s independence.

Sidibé opened the “Studio Malick” in the center of Bamako in Bagadadji, on 30th Street, Corner 19, in the midst of the exuberant 1950s. Known as the “eye of Bamako,” Sidibé’s on-the-spot coverage provided striking pictures, full of truth and energy. From these photos an insouciant spontaneity emerges — amidst the playful parties are youthful individuals, full of laughter and life. As his work gained an international reputation, Sidibé’s images quickly came to stand as markers of an African modernity within the landscape of photography and contemporary art. Within his dynamic shots of Bamako’s party scenes and sharply rendered studio portraits of Malian youth, Sidibé carved a space for alternative image making and narrative building. Sidibé was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008) and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of La Biennale di Venezia (2007), among others.

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