Latitudes Art Fair – First edition – Johannesburg13/09/2019 - 15/08/2019
New contemporary African art fair to launch in Sandton, 13-15 September 2019
Latitudes is an alternative fair for contemporary art from Africa designed to nurture exchange between artists, galleries, collectors, curators and researchers throughout Africa and the diasporas.
Launching in September 2019, and coinciding with the established FNB Art Joburg, LATITUDES will bring together a curated selection of galleries, independent platforms, artisanal studios, and artists from the African continent and diasporas. Developed in close conversation with several African galleries, the fair sets out to serve the diverse needs in the contemporary art sector throughout the Majority World.
According to the founding team, “By African, we mean anyone who has a meaningful connection to Africa and the diaspora, and by international, we mean the endless permutations of trans-geographic relationships – not the reinforcement of values entrenched in European and American economic centres.”
A new approach
Bringing together a curated selection of galleries, artists and independent spaces, LATITUDES offers a platform for the diverse art economies of the majority world.
Co-founded by Lucy MacGarry(curator of The South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale and former Curator of the FNB Joburg Art Fair), Makgati Molebatsi (board member of the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg, mentorship provider within the visual arts sector and within the Business and Art South Africa (BASA) mentorship programme), Anthea Kemp (former director of Hordaland Kunstsenter, a leading contemporary art institution in Bergen, Norway, and prior to that was a PhD fellow in the Art History department at Columbia University in New York), Roberta Coci (former curator of large-scale events such as the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair and the Winter Sculpture Fair), and Nokwazi Zimu (published academic author and holds an MA in Media Studies as well as an BA Honours degree), the fair takes a lateral and flexible approach to mediating and selling art, in which artists, galleries, independent curators, online entities, and institutions are regarded as equally viable applicants.
“We are living in a fast, challenging and globalized world. This context demands new strategies for making the art business attractive and more plural. As an emergent gallery from Angola, our expectations are related to our representativeness in an international context. We are excited to be part of this first edition of LATITUDES Art Fair and to work with their amazing team to create a richer, global understanding of African cultural production.”This Is Not A White Cube Director, Sonia Ribeiro from Angola
The LATITUDES Committee is comprised of experts in the field. In the interests of impartiality, no gallerists are invited to the committee. Exhibitors are selected according to qualitative and conceptional criteria. The fair will take place on Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg, Sep 13, 14, 15 2019.
According to co-founder and Director of Business Development, Makgati Molebatsi, “The vision for the fair was articulated by five women working in the South African art scene. But the hope – which is really the backbone of this initiative – belongs to artists, curators, collectors, and art lovers who have felt for some time that the art market as it exists today does not yet have a place for them.”
24 exhibitors announced for the first edition
The fair will be welcoming 24 exhibitors from 9 different countries.
- Afriart Gallery, Uganda
- ARTCO, Germany
- Arte de Gema, Mozambique
- Artfundi, South Africa
- Artist Proof Studio, South Africa
- Centre for the Less Good Idea, South Africa
- Dale Sargent Fine Art, South Africa
- David Krut Projects, South Africa
- EBONY/CURATED, South Africa
- Emerging Painting Invitational Prize, Zimbabwe
- First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe
- Gallery Tiny, USA
- Guns & Rain, South Africa
- Kalashnikovv Gallery, South Africa
- KZNSA Gallery, South Africa
- LL Editions, South Africa
- Strauss & Co, South Africa
- Suburbia Gallery, Spain
- The Artists’ Press, South Africa
- The Melrose Gallery, South Africa
- This Is Not a White Cube, Angola
- TMRW Gallery, South Africa
- Warren Siebrits, South Africa
- Weekend Server, Norway
Each year the fair will present a focus section featuring the work of one established and one emerging artist. ESSAY is geared towards rarely-seen work by artists beginning their careers and overlooked masters.
Independent is a curated exhibition of early career artists with no gallery representation. The objective of the annual exhibition is to introduce the works of unrepresented artists to galleries participating in LATITUDES. This section is by invitation, there are no costs to participate and LATITUDES takes no commission from the sale of artworks.
Spotlight is a curated selection of artists from Africa and the diasporas whose work is unknown or underrepresented outside of the regional contexts in which they or their galleries operate. Each artist is presented through a concise feature showcasing 3 works. Curatorially, the Spotlight section allows a conversation between different artistic practices while giving due spatial specificity to each installation. Practically, this platform allows African galleries to explore relationships with the South African market without taking on the financial risk of a full exhibition stand at LATITUDES Art Fair.
In collaboration with David Krut Projects and their VIP partner Daytona, LATITUDES commissioned five artists to create unique small-edition silkscreen prints that will be available for purchase with a LATITUDES VIP LTD access package. These prints will form the basis of designs for skins for five Aston Martins that will be on display in proximity to the fair. VIP LTD Tickets (including a limited edition print) are available at R4000 each. Contact email@example.com to reserve yours.
Emerging Painting Invitantional Prize (EPI)
LATITUDES announced an annual solo exhibition by the winner of EPI in partnership with the Emerging African Art Galleries Association to support and recognise emerging painters living and working on the continent. The winner of the inaugural EPI is Mozambican artist Nelly Guambe.
In collaboration with the VIP partner Strauss & Co, LATITUDES will host the preview of Strauss & Co’s September contemporary art auction. Bidding will be available online. Proceeds of the auction will be donated to charity.
Latitudes Art Fair
13, 14, 15 September,2019.
Nelson Mandela Square, cnr Maude & 5th Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
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