Trevor Stuurman, Tongoro beauty 5, 2022
Art Fair

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2023

Thu 12 Oct - VIP Preview
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Oct - Public Opening

Opening Times

Thu 11.00 - 19.00 (VIP Preview)
Fri 11.00 - 19.00
Sat 11.00 - 19.00
Sun 11.00 - 18.00


1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, returns to London for its 11th edition, 12-15 October 2023 (Press & VIP Preview on 12 October).

This year's edition hosts 62 international exhibitors from over 31 countries, the fair’s largest edition to date. Of the 62 international exhibitors, 14 galleries will participate in the fair’s London edition for the first time. Newcomers include Affinity Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria), Efie Gallery (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Asfalto (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Krystel Ann Art (Lisbon, Portugal), Hannah Traore Gallery (New York, USA), and The African Art Hub (London, UK), among others.

New and returning exhibitors will present over 170 artists working across an array of mediums from painting and sculpture to mixed media and installation. Works from established artists such as Joana Choumali, Ibrahim El-Salahi and Soly Cissé to young and emerging artists including Josué Comoe, Anya Paintsil and Edozie Anedu will be on view.

Specially commissioned for the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Moroccan artist Amine El Gotaibi presents his most ambitious work to date: 'Illuminate the Light' in collaboration with MCC Gallery in Marrakech, Morocco. The artist presents six individual geometric sculptures inspired by the seeds of a pomegranate that vary widely in shape and colour, to represent the diversity and abundance of the African continent. Wielding light as a solid medium within the sculptures, El Gotaibi also uses light as a metaphor to foster positive stories of Africa to counter the West’s frequent stereotypes of the 'dark continent'. At dusk, the sculptures transform into luminous installations, underscoring the artist’s philosophy that 'out of darkness, light emerges'.

Header Image: Trevor Stuurman, Tongoro beauty 5, 2022, Ilford Crystal Gloss Giclee, 84.1 x 56.1 cm. Courtesy of THK Gallery