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How the fast-growing African art market meets international art world

From the 14-16 February 2020, the eighth edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, ICTAF 2020 will include the foremost galleries from South Africa, the African continent and abroad. Chief curator of the Norval Foundation Owen Martin, who is also on the selection committee for 2020’s fair, shares the artists he’s particularly taken with right now.

‘Inevitably, one is always looking at a range of artists that address a number of concerns. It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. Gabrielle Goliath’s recent video works, including ‘This Song is For…’, are powerful statements on the complex networks of social and political power that persist in South Africa and yet these works are deeply poetic and moving.

British artist Haroon Mirza’s sculptures build on, and update, a rich tradition of kinetic art pioneered by Jean Tinguely and others. After a recent studio visit with Bronwyn Katz, I’m excited about her next body of work. She’s delving into a rich interface between linguistics and, seemingly, minimalist sculpture.

I saw Jordanian artist Lawrence Abu Hamden’s video installation ‘Walled Unwalled’ in Venice and I found its exploration of listening, and the moral implications therein, deeply interesting.’


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