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LR Vandy creates Contemporary African masks to recount hidden female stories.
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Lisa Vandy, These Women Series,
Lisa Vandy, These Women Series, Courtesy of the Artist and October Gallery

An all-female colony has descended upon the October Gallery for the opening of LR Vandy’s first solo show, Hidden. Cast in bronze and jesmonite, miniature workers in cylindrical forms, have taken pride of place atop plinths in the center of the main gallery;

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Land of Ibeji, wins one of the Contemporary African Photography prizes at Basel.
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Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde, Land of Ibeji
Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde, Land of Ibeji

Land of Ibeji, the photography series that examines the mythology of twinhood in Nigeria was announced as one of the five winners of the 8th edition of CAP Prize – (Contemporary African Photography) at Photo Basel.

The prize rewards photo projects by artists of any nationality that engage with issues pertaining to the African continent or its diaspora.

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5 New Contemporary African Art exhibitions to check out this month in London
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Lionel Smit, Aligned, 2019, Oil on Linen, Image courtesy of Everard Read London
Lionel Smit, Aligned, 2019, Oil on Linen, Image courtesy of Everard Read London

May in London could feel like an anticlimax; wedged between the Venice Biennale and the much-awaited Frank Bowling’s retrospective at the Tate; closely followed by the June blockbuster exhibition “Get Up Stand Up Now” at Somerset House, that will explore the last 50 years of “black creativity in London.”

However, the city is bristling with new exhibitions from established and up and coming artists, most of which fortuitously engage with issues of identity, representation, and memory. Here is a selection of 5 newly opened contemporary African Art exhibitions to check out this month.

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A new narrative of Nigerian Femininity and womanhood by Ayobola Kekere-Ekun
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Priviledge the Abridged edition, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun
Priviledge the Abridged edition, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun

Besides the bold and vivid colors, the most striking elements of Ayobola Kekere-Ekun’s figurative works are the myriad of lines sculpted out of paper. The curvaceous lines run harmoniously in parallel turning in unison inwards or outwards and at times, come to an abrupt halt to delineate the face, and reveal the facial expressions of the characters in the painting.

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Frieze week: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair debuts in Manhattan
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Alexis Peskine, Nkisi, 2018.
Alexis Peskine, Details Nkisi, 2018, October Gallery.

1:54 Contemporary African Art fair returns to New York for its milestone fifth anniversary with a move from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Since its inception, the fair has leveraged the pivotal Frieze Week in London and New York to bolster its ability to attract an increasing number of international collectors and visitors.

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7 Contemporary African Art shows to see this week
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Abe Odedina, Head for Heights, 2018, Courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art
Abe Odedina, Head for Heights, 2018, Courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art

London is abuzz with captivating art exhibitions and events that showcase the work of artists from Africa and the Diaspora. Here is our monthly guide to the Contemporary African Art shows scheduled this month.

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For emerging artists: 5 art opportunities to boost your career
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Abstract African art

For young and emerging African artists or by and large Black artists, the road to success oftentimes has the appearance of an obstacle course. We are taking one hurdle away with the list of open calls for application and other time-sensitive opportunities in the art world. Share with other fellow artists and good luck with your art journey.

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Sotheby’s 4th auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art brings in £2.3Million.
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Sotheby's Installation view of Modern and Contemporary African Art March 2019
Sotheby’s Installation view of Modern and Contemporary African Art, March 2019

It took about an hour and a half to auction off 53 of the 75 lots assembled for the 4th edition of Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction. The total of £2.3million (£2,316,625 to be specific) is very close to the £2,274,625 achieved in October of last year.

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Montresso Foundation: an art haven on the doorsteps of Marrakesh
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Indiscipline, Montresso Art Foundation, Marrakesh
Indiscipline, Montresso Art Foundation, Feb 2019 Cyril Boixel_hd-24

It is a relatively short journey (30 min drive). Away from the noise and the frantic activity of the Marrakesh Medina, the 30-minute road trip propels you into a different world, a quieter world that softly bristles with creative activities: welcome to the Montresso Art Foundation.

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Beyond the return to Marrakesh
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Entrance 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair
Entrance 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair Marrakesh

The Marrakesh edition of the Contemporary African Art fair 1:54 returned from February 21st to 24th.

With a total of 18 galleries and 60 artists, the fair held at the luxurious hotel La Mamounia remained a compact show even when compared to the London and New York editions.

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