In Marrakech, 1-54 gets a makeover

Joseph Obanubi, Self-Portrait II, 2019 — Magnin-A
From February 20 to 23, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be making its return to La Mamounia in Marrakech for its third edition, characterised by a significant overhaul of the participating galleries.


Half of the exhibitors will be attending the fair (also held in London and NYC) for the first time, including WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town, South Africa), Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco) and AFRONOVA GALLERY (Cape Town, South Africa).


Amongst the participating galleries will be Goodman — absent from the last London edition of 1-54 to open a new large space in the British capital.


The fair, founded by Touria El Glaoui, is also making over its FORUM 1-54, which for the first time will be organised by an independent art space, namely London's The Showroom, directed by Elvira Dyangani Ose. The aim is to create a platform for questioning the multiple practices of socially engaged art.


The complete list of participants:


Afikaris (Paris, France)

AFRONOVA GALLERY (Cape Town, South Africa)

Eclectica Contemporary (Cape Town, South Africa)

galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Dakar, Senegal)

Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)

Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa / London, United Kingdom)

GVCC (Casablanca, Morocco)

Katharina Maria Raab (Berlin, Germany)

L'Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)

Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)

Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)

Nil Gallery (Paris, France)

Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)

So Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

UBUNTU art gallery (Cairo, Egypt)

VOICE gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)

WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town, South Africa)