5 Things To Look Forward To at Investec Cape Town Art Fair

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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum – The Buffalo’s Wife (TIWANI CONTEMPORARY)

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring


The much-anticipated Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 16 – 18 February 2018.

Here are five events happening at the Fair to keep in mind when planning your visit.

1. SOLO Exhibition

The inaugural special project focuses on emerging and established female artists from across the globe, including Maïmouna Guerresi (Senegal/Italy), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Parul Thacker (India), Keyezua (Angola), Lhola Amira (South Africa), Lucinda Mudge (South Africa), Kimathi Mafafo (South Africa), Ingrid Bolton (South Africa) and Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa). The event has been curated by Nontobeko Ntombela. You can read more about this exciting project here.

Lhola Amira, Narrative LAGOM Breaking Bread with The Self Righteous (SMAC)

2. Tomorrows/Today Exhibition

Curated by the Art Fair’s overall curator Tumelo Mosaka, Tomorrows/Today focuses on solo exhibitions by up-and-coming artists. This year, artists include Amy Lin (Alida Anderson Art Projects, Washington D.C., USA), Wycliffe Mundopa (First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe), Usha Seejarim (Fried Contemporary, Pretoria), Themba Khumalo (Red Room Gallery, Cape Town) and Januário Jano (This Is Not a White Cube, Luanda, Angola).

Themba Khumalo – Amakholwa (RED ROOMGALLERY)

Amy Lin – Melpomenia (ALIDA ANDERSON ART PROJECTS)

3. Unframed

Three artists, namely Turiya Magadlela (blank projects, Cape Town), Sethembile Msezane (Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg) and Lungiswa Gqunta (WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town and Johannesburg) will be creating site-specific installations making use of accessories, as well as found objects commonly found in domestic spaces. The works speak to the contradictory roles associated with women.

Lungiswa Gqunta – Horse Memorial I (WHATIFTHEWORLD)

David Goldblatt – Kas Maine taking his cattle out to graze, Ledig, Bophuthatswana (1985) (GOODMAN GALLERY)

4. Limited Edition Prints

Looking to add to your art collection? There are a number of print galleries showcasing limited edition works by exciting artists, both emerging and established. Galleries include 50ty/50ty, Artthrob, Art@Africa, Bad Paper, Eclectica Print Gallery and South African Print Gallery from Cape Town, as well as MK and Artist Print Studio, Art Vault and Artist Proof Studio from Johannesburg. ARTCO Publishing from Aachen in Germany will also have a range of prints and editioned pieces exhibited.

5. Past/Modern

Six galleries, five from South Africa and one from Italy, will celebrate the works of Modern masters in this section of the Fair. Local galleries include Absolut Art Gallery (Stellenbosch), Gallery MOMO (Cape Town and Johannesburg), Goodman Gallery (Cape Town and Johannesburg), SMAC (Cape Town, Stellenbsoch, Johannesburg), WALL (Cape Town).

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair runs from 16 – 18 February 2018 at the CTICC. Tickets cost R165 for adults, R120 for pensioners, students and kids over 12 and R60 for kids under 12. The Fair will be open from 11am until 7pm daily. For more information, visit investeccapetownartfair.co.za.