1-54 New York 2018

Booth B04, Pioneer Works, NY

May 4 – 6, 2018

Elmarsa is pleased to participate in the fourth edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York from 4 to 6 May 2018. In this edition, 1-54 presents 21 international exhibitors, the artworks of over 60 artists from Africa and its diaspora, alongside an extensive experiential programme of Special Projects and 1-54 FORUM programme of talks curated by Omar Berrada.

The exhibition at our booth B04 continues the gallery’s long-held tradition of exhibiting modern and contemporary art from North Africa with a group exhibition of six artists who are well recognised in the region and have yet to gain international recognition. This selection of diverse and multi-disciplinary important works spans from the second half of the twentieth century to today and offers a perspective on the development of the arts from Tunisia and Algeria by shedding light on how this particular chapter fits into the wider art history. While working in their respective visual languages and unique mixed media practices, as well as belonging to distinct generations, Baya (1931-1998), Mahjoub Ben Bella (b. 1946), Gouider Triki (b. 1949), Omar Bey (b.1973), Nabil Saouabi (b. 1972) and Thameur Mejri (b. 1982) share a passionate and intellectual engagement in defining their individual and artistic identity through the rich and varied influences from their Mediterranean, African and Arab heritage. Inspired by the spirit of self-determination that still animates the whole African continent as it undergoes historic change, the exhibition offers a lens on the development of new hybrid visual languages that are neither recognizably traditional nor western in style, but rather that transcend time and place to reflect a universal ideal.


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