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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Deadline: January 15, 2017

The Art Africa Fair 2017 is excited to announce their Open Call for artists and galleries to participate in Africa’s first fully curated international art fair, set to take place at the V&A Waterfront , Cape Town, between February 24 and March 5,  2017.

“The Art Africa Fair 2017 will provide artists a unique opportunity to exhibit their work in this fully curated, commercial art fair. Developed by internationally acclaimed curators Salimata Diop, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Pierre-Christophe Gam, Thembinkosi Goniwe, and Ruzy Rusike, the curatorial framework for the Art Africa Fair 2017 invites artists and gallerists to propose work that challenges parochial perceptions surrounding Africa and provokes alternative artistic visions of the continent as defined by individual, lived experiences. Rather than trying to locate something specific to the continent, our curatorial framework depends on engaging a multiplicity of subjective curatorial and artistic narratives that tell their own story,” say the organisers.

This diverse curatorial approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa. As participating curator Uche Okpa-Iroha describes, “Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it?”

The Art Africa Fair 2017 is a meaningful, rapidly developing collaborative environment that offers a propensity to explore and act in relation to functional goals, framed by the individual to convey the visible, simultaneous change in contemporary art.

This Open Call for submission goes to all artists, photographers, designers, galleries, collectives/groups, and institutions who are contributing to making a meaningful social, political, and environmental impact through their work. Artists working in any medium are invited to propose work for the exhibition. Galleries are invited to propose artists or a series of artworks from various artists that fit or challenge the curatorial framework of the fair.

Selected artists will be showcased in a museum-styled exhibition, alongside other artists and projects whose work functions in dialogue with their own. Here artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a fully-curated environment and will be provided access to an international network of gallerists, curators, and collectors. The deadline for applications has been extended to January 15 2017.

Complete all necessary information and send application to