Monday 4 October 2021

Over 100 artists, 30 galleries for sixth Art X Lagos

'What have we really got to lose, (2021), by Michaela Yearwood-Dan,  from Tiwani Contemporary.

SHOWING physically and virtually, from 4 - 7 November 2021 at The Federal Palace, Lagos, with an extension online until 21 of the same month, the sixth edition of Art X Lagos features participants from 25 countries.

Described as its largest fair to date, Art X Lagos, according to  Tokini Peterside, Founder & CEO will bring together 110 artists from 25 countries represented by 30 galleries - 15 of which are new to  the yearly event. 

The galleries representing artists in both the physical and online fairs include Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda), Dada Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria and London, United Kingdom), Galerie Atiss Dakar (Dakar, Senegal), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Dakar, Sénégal; and Paris, France), Galerie MAM (Douala, Cameroon), Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana and London, United Kingdom), Kanbi Projects (London, United Kingdom), LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), Nike Art Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria), OOA Gallery (Barcelona, Spain), Pacers Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria), Septieme Gallery (Paris, France), and SMO Contemporary Art (Lagos, Nigeria). 

kó (Lagos, Nigeria) will also unveil a special presentation dedicated to the late pioneer, Yusuf Grillo.

Other galleries showing online on are Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya), Eclectica Contemporary (Cape Town, South Africa), Ed Cross Fine Art (London, United Kingdom), espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W (Fort-de-France, Martinique), ELA - Espaco Luanda Arte (Luanda, Angola), Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (Paris, France), Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco), Magnin-A (Paris, France), Nubuke Foundation (Accra, Ghana), October Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Sakhile&Me (Frankfurt, Germany), Skoto Gallery (New York, United States), Stevenson (Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands), THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa), Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom) and Worldart (Cape Town, South Africa).

Meanwhile, Chigozie Obi has emerged as the winner of the 2021 Access Bank Art X Prize. According to the organisers, Chigozie was selected by an esteemed jury, from five shortlisted finalists that included: Chukwudi Onwumere, Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Nyancho NwaNri, and Omoregie Osakpolor. 

Obi will receive prize winnings of N1,800,000 towards a solo exhibition at Art X Lagos, tailored mentorship support, and a residency at Gasworks in London.

Chigozie Obi is a multi-dimensional visual artist whose experimental artworks are created through the layering of multiple materials. Her work is distinguished by her use of vibrant colours and figures to portray emotions and stories formed from personal experiences and focuses on the representation of Black/African people in their diversity.

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