FNB Art Joburg: Africa’s longest running contemporary art fair returns for 15th edition


Bee Diamondhead stands before Adolf Tega’s work in the Gallery MOMO booth at the 2019 iteration of FNB Art Joburg. (PhotographL Karabo Mooki/ Courtesy of FNB Art Joburg)

EVENT: FNB Art Joburg


Africa’s first and longest running contemporary art fair
returns to Sandton Convention Centre after two years of Covid-19 restrictions.

FNB Art Joburg presents the second year of Open City, an
exciting new offering of 15 plus days of culture programming in the city of
Joburg.

Comprising 10 exhibitors, this year’s iteration of the
gallery LAB will see West and East Africa connecting with the Sub-Saharan
African region.

Johannesburg is the cultural and economic capital of Africa.
It is home to three theatres, four major concert halls, 281 heritage sites, 76
art galleries and the largest art collection in the country (housed at the
Johannesburg Art Gallery).

Here, gallery hopping, getting dressed to people-watch over
brunch, catching a mid-week live performance, or ending the week with dinner
and a show does not make for an occasion. It’s central to the lifestyle.

Held in the culture capital of the continent, FNB Art Joburg
believes there is no better place than Johannesburg to acknowledge and celebrate
the continent’s eminent and emerging artists.

Following two years of pandemic restrictions, the fair will
return to its regular location at the Sandton Convention Centre from 2 to 4
September 2022 with offerings from the continent’s leading contemporary artists.

Bonga Sebesho, Head of FNB Brand Experience says, “We are
excited to continue our journey of empowering African artists through FNB Art
Joburg. FNB’s 15-year involvement as a sponsor of the exhibition demonstrates
our commitment to support the creative economy which is an important economic
pillar to our economic recovery. Our continent is home to world-class talent
and there’s no better platform than FNB Art Joburg to showcase this.”

Guests attend the opening for Everything was beaut

Guests attend the opening for Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt, a group exhibition curated by Anelisa Mangcu and Jana Terblanche, during Open City in 2021. (Karabo Mooki/ Courtesy of FNB Art Joburgz)

‘We’re thrilled to be back’

With offerings from the continent’s leading contemporary
artists, the fair is curated into six specialised sections: HUB, MAX, ETC, ORG,
LAB and AUX.

Referred to as the HUB, the fair’s central section presents
the best in contemporary art from across the continent in line with the
objective to be a quality rather than quantity focused fair. FNB Art Joburg is
proud to have the following galleries, amongst others exhibit this year;
Afriart Gallery, blank projects, Eclectica Contemporary, Everard Read, First
Floor Gallery Harare, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, Guns & Rain,
Kalashnikovv, SMAC Gallery, Stevenson, and WHATIFTHEWORLD.

The MAX section of the fair houses installations or works
with challenging scale while the ETC section will give fair goers the
opportunity to engage with master print and publishing houses.

The ORG section is a representation of Johannesburg’s
seminal art institutions. Whether museums, universities, or private
institutions, the section looks to redefine how the people engage with
organisations that were established for the good of the public.

An incubation to develop emerging galleries and hybrid art
spaces, gallery LAB will present and test new ideas and business models aimed
at transforming the contemporary African art landscape. Co-curated by Kim
Kandan (Gallery Liaison, FNB Art Joburg) and Aida Esi Hayfron-Benjamin (independence
curator, Ghana), the LAB pavillion will feature 10 exhibitors that will see
West and East Africa connecting with the Sub-Saharan African region. 

Spanning talks, public lectures and audio essays, the AUX
section will explore a plethora of topics including magic realism as practice,
biennale reflections, the role of arts writing, and art’s place in the
metaverse.

Further cementing Joburg as a culture hub, FNB Art Joburg
presents the second edition of Open City; a call for Joburg natives and
visitors to get out there and support the city’s creative economy. Held from 25
August to 9 September, Open City will unify the city by activating it through
art, music, fashion, food, and film from the inner city to Soweto, Rosebank,
Hyde Park and Sandton. 

“We are thrilled to be back with an in-person fair in 2022
while also expanding our culture footprint with 15 plus days of dynamic culture
programming through Open City. As the first and longest running contemporary
art fair on the continent, FNB Art Joburg continues to show active commitment
to the arts and showcasing the dynamic talent that Joburg, South Africa and the
continent has to offer,” concludes Mandla Sibeko, Managing Director of FNB Art
Joburg.

In the fair’s MAX section, a guests takes to an Ig

In the fair’s MAX section, a guests takes to an Igshaan Adams installation. (Photography by Karabo Mooki/ Courtesy of FNB Art Joburg)

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