1-54 London

12 – 15 October 2023

193 Gallery, Afikaris, Kalashnikovv Gallery and Vigo Gallery. Dive into the 2023 edition of 1-54 London, dedicated to the art from Africa and its diaspora, held at the iconic Somerset House.

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The next morning, under classic London rain, I arrived at the preview of 1-54, a fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. My sense of direction is a bit hit-or-miss, and I admit I got a bit frustrated navigating the labyrinthine corridors of Somerset House. But aside from that, the fair was fantastic. The dealers were friendly, and some artists were even there to discuss their work. Like at Frieze, I focused my ‘1 minute’ videos on women artists and was disappointed to see that many booths didn’t feature any. However, I was thrilled to see the pop and quirky portraits by Kenyan photographer Thandiwe Muriu, whom I had interviewed a few months ago. Her works were displayed by Inifiniment Coty Gallery in a room painted navy blue with dramatic lighting. The effect was simply stunning!

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