1-54 returned to La Mamounia between the 23 – 24 February 2019.
For its second Marrakech edition, 1-54 presented 18 international galleries and the work of over 65 established and emerging artists. Once again the fair was accompanied by a wider programme of events in partnership with local institutions across the city, including Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, Montresso* Art Foundation, Comptoir des Mines Galerie, Institut Français de Marrakech and Fondation Farid Belkahia among others.
In parallel to the fair, 1-54 FORUM also returns to La Mamounia with daily talks and screenings curated by art historian and curator Karima Boudou.
See our first set of 5 selections from the fair below>
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
Born 1983 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Aboudia is noted for his large-scale, heavily layered, brutally energetic paintings that combine an innocence and spontaneity with the portrayal of a dark interior world. Since the Ivorian civil war in 2011, his urban landscapes have been haunted by trauma; armed soldiers, ominous skulls and a populace hemmed in by danger. Recent work continues to grapple with the hardships of life on the streets and the social inequalities of downtown Abidjan. The artist is also a master of multi-layered imagery, referencing characters from his direct neighbourhood, local ‘Nouchi’ street culture and homage to more traditional forms of Voodoo. Aboudia’s work has been exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Nevada Museum, the 2017 Royal Academy Summer Show, London and Saatchi Gallery, London among others.
Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Born 1966 in Sao Domingos, Guinea-Bissau
Lives and works in Guinea-Bissau, Paris, France and Lisbon, Portugal
Nú Barreto is a multidisciplinary artist who uses a combination of drawing, found objects, photography, collage, and video to formulate his ideas. In recent years, his leitmotiv has been a searing condemnation of sociopolitical oppressions, particularly those with repercussions for African citizens. The symbols, forms, and colours incorporated within his work provide a vocabulary for articulating the causal factors of social frustration and disenchantment. Barreto’s works have been included in group exhibitions at Ville de Martigny in Switzerland, as part of the project, Dakar-Martigny: Hommage à la Biennale d’art contemporain (2016); Fundação Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva, Portugal (2012); Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (World Festival of Black Arts), Dakar (2010); the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2006); and Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2006).
Loft Art Gallery
Born 1974 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Joana Choumali works primarily with conceptual portraiture, mixed media and documentary forms. She uses her work as a means to explore the intricate identities of those around her. With a thematic focus on the African continent, her work aims to disrupt erroneous preconceptions of a homogenous, continent-wide identity. Choumali is also concerned with issues of gender, and the supposed binary between tradition and modernity. In her series ça va aller.. (it will be ok), she expresses the trauma and psychological suffering endured by the inhabitants of Bassam after the terrorist attacks in March 2016. Choumali’s recent exhibitions include Africa Forecast, Spelmann Museum, Atlanta; Persona>, the social mask, Les Rencontres d’Arles and We the People, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain de Casablanca (2016).
Loft Art Gallery
Born 1968 in Marrakech, Morocco
Lives and works in Marrakech and Casablanca, Morocco
Hicham Benohoud’s practice is rooted in Moroccan culture and societal structures, exploring notions of individual and collective identity. Benohoud began his artistic journey with self-portrait photography, a medium he continues to practice, expanding his current process to incorporate mixed and new media. Humour, surrealism, performativity and self-deprecation staged in unexpected modes, are recurring elements in his work. His works are featured in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Tate Modern, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Benohoud’s recent exhibitions include The Time is Out of Joint, Gwangju Biennale (2016); Come Closer, MACT/ CACT, Ticino (2016) and Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London (2016).
Born in 1970, in Kano, Nigeria
Lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey and Abuja / Kaduna, Nigeria
In Marcia Kure’s multimedia works, post-colonialism affect, and the increasing fragmentation of our post-capitalist society assemble and combust. Deploying techniques of appropriation and photo collage, Kure navigates a range of material – normative fashion aesthetics, classic juvenile literature, African masks, and children toys – to reimagine new subjectivities and modes of being: sublime, yet not without despair. Her work has been presented widely, including in the exhibition, Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists (2015–16: WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Lunds Konsthall; and 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz). Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012). Her work is held in the collections of several prominent institutions, such as the British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.