It was my first Investec Cape Town Art Fair and it was a real treat. I was fortunate enough to get an invite to the Investec Cape Town Art Fair Talks programme which hosted talks that were about the art as much as they were about engaging discourse on other socio-economic topics. A gallery walkabout at WhatIfTheWorld gallery with Thania Petersen whose work focuses on her Asian and African heritage as much as it does on the history of colonialism. Her exhibition Iqra is on at WhatIfTheWorld until 16 March.
Then there was a talk at the recently-opened THK Gallery, which hosted photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith, whose tome of work spanning the past 40 years has been collated into a massive two-volume coffee table collection called African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent , that makes an ideal gift or keepsake. I would have loved to attend ‘The Art of Collecting’ which was moderated by Lungi Morrison, Art advisor, but lunch took precedence.
I did, however, get to listen to renowned art critic Ashraf Jamal – who moderated the ‘Artists in Dialogue’ talk on Friday. There was also another Saturday talk with Zeitz MOCAA Chief Curator Azu Nwagbogu with artist Xavier Veilhan as well as Ibrahim Mahama – whose exhibition, Labour of Many is currently on at the Norval Foundation. I was art talked-out and done with art in general by Sunday. It was memorable and very contemporary with a lot more installations than I’d expected but good with a good representation of African artists all round.
Photographs from the day below.