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FNB Joburg Art Fair 2017

Friday Sep 8 - Sunday Sep 10       Maude St, Sandton
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One of the highlights of Joburg’s annual art calendar, FNB JoburgArtFair attracts up to 10,000 people over one weekend each year for a major art and social event showcasing some of the most impressive contemporary art from South Africa, and across the African continent including sculpture, painting, photography, prints and multimedia installations. This year's art fair boasts more than 60 different exhibitors, including all of South Africa's leading contemporary art galleries such as Gallery MOMO, Everard Read and Circa galleries, Stevenson, SMAC Gallery and Goodman Gallery as well as a host of visiting galleries from across Africa.<br /> <br /> 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the FNB JoburgArtFair and the theme for this year's fair is 'celebration'. One of this year's featured artists is Robin Rhode (artwork pictured above), a multidisciplinary South African artist based in Berlin who was also involved in the inaugural JoburgArtFair in 2008. <h2>FNB ART FAIR FILM PROGRAMME</h2> On this year's <strong>Special Projects</strong> programme look out for a new<strong> film programme</strong>, headlined by The Centre For the Less Good Idea, the brainchild of acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge. Kentridge's centre is based at his expansive artist studio in Maboneng and is a non-commercial collaborative space, that brings together artists, musicians, poets, dancers, actors and filmmakers to create experimental and cross-disciplinary arts projects. The first season of the Centre for the Less Good Idea took place in March this year and a resulting film, detailing the first season's performances, will be shown on a big screen in Nelson Mandela Square (a short walk from the fair venue) on the evening of Friday September 8. <h2>SPECIAL EXHIBITION - TRUTH, OR SOME OTHER ABSTRACTION</h2> Also not to be missed is the <strong>special exhibition</strong> curated by Dr. Zoe Whitley, Research Curator at the Tate Modern in London. The title for the exhibition <em>Truth, or some other abstraction</em>, is a line borrowed from Doris Lessing’s first novel <em>The Grass is Singing</em> and the exhibition is envisaged as "a moment of reflection where the focus is on South African artists as truth-tellers and historians". In particular the exhibition highlights the work of contemporary South African artists who began their careers in the years before the advent of democracy in 1994. <h2>SPECIAL EXHIBITION - BMW 7 SERIES INDIVIDUAL BY ESTHER MAHLANGU</h2> Celebrated traditional Ndebele artists Esther Mahlangu shot to international fame 26 Years ago when she became the first woman to create artwork for BMW's Art Car series. In 2016 she was once again commissioned by BMW to refine a BMW 7 Series with her iconic bold geometric patterns inspired by traditional Ndebele designs. This new updated BMW Art Car series will be on display at the fair. <h2>FNB ART FAIR TALKS PROGRAMME</h2> This year's<strong> talks programme</strong> takes place at the Auto & General Theatre on Nelson Mandela Square on Saturday September 9 from 13:00-16:45. <strong>The schedule runs as follows:</strong><br /> <strong>13:30</strong> This year's Featured Artist Robin Rhode discusses his work.<br /> <strong>14:00</strong> Benjamin Genocchio, Executive Director of The Armory Show in New York discusses the future of the art fair in the 21st Century<br /> <strong>14:30</strong> A panel discussion led by Dr. Zoe Whitley in conversation with South African artists Penny Siopis, Sue Williamson and Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi about the ways in which history shapes artistic practice and about how artists account for history's limitations.<br /> <strong>15:15</strong> A conversation with artists and curators who took part in The School of Anxiety project at the 10th Berlin Biennale that examines social and historical anxieties.<br /> <strong>16:00 </strong>Pulane Kingston in conversation with artists Lady Skollie, Zohra Opoku, Peju Alatise, Sethembile Mszani about the significance and power of womanhood: power through physical absence and absence through self-portraiture.
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Date

Venue

Sep 8 2017 - Sep 10 2017
Sandton Convention Centre
Maude St, Sandton
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Price/Additional Info

Tickets R150, weekend pass R250, opening night R500

Website

fnbjoburgartfair.co.za facebook.com/FNBJoburgArtFair/
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