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FNB Joburg Art Fair

Various Participants
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FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013

Various Participants at Sandton Convention Centre

The 6th Joburg Art Fair opens at the Sandton Convention Centre this year with a line up of 35 participating local and international galleries and a range of special projects. Many of the same galleries from last year will be in the same places as last year, but for those attending the fair there will be the exciting prospect of spotting the booths of the various smaller galleries showing at the fair for the first time.

2013 sees Samsung partnering with Artlogic in a video art project using Samsung's new Ultra HD 85inch TV. Four of them in fact, showing work by Mohau Modisakeng. Artlogic's has focussed on photography for this year's fair and its special projects include: 

'The Black Photo Album/Look at Me: 1890–1950' together with Maker Studio and photographer Santu Mofokeng.

'Phantasms of the Non-City', a selection from the 2013 edition of the LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.

'African Emerging Photography', a survey of the new generation of African photographers curated by Michket Krifa and Laura Serani.

'The BRICS Project' presented by the Goethe-Institut and showing a selection of video works by artists from the BRICS countries.

A solo show by Roger Ballen at CIRCA on Jellicoe (for the lovers and the haters) featuring his collaboration with the always contentious, freshly accused rap/pop band, Die Antwoord.

'Heart Land'  a not so much photographic exhibition by Dan Halter, in which Halter continues to address themes around identity and post-colonial politics in Zimbabwe expanding on a very personal and geographically specific experience to a more global and abstract engagement with ideas around migration and nationhood.

David Goldblatt as the featured artist. Enough said.

Nandipha Mntambo as the Pirelli Formulas 1 chosen artist, with the gloomily titled photographic series ' … everyone carries a shadow'. Riffing on Pirelli's campaign slogan “Let’s Dance” (based on the rhythmic unison between tyres and race cars) Mntambo's work is based on the Spanish Paso Doble. 

Something called 'Bramble Fountain' - which artist Neil Le Toux described as 'a biological generative artwork made out of a collection of Ecological Conceptual Objects each comprising of at least 21 perennial plants and other important supporting components such as water, sand, rocks, wood, micro-organisms et al.'

A 'Spier Architectural Arts Project'. Spier will apparently be 'centre-stage at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair. As one of South Africa's most significant and representative corporate collections, the Spier Art Collection can be differentiated and defined as visionary due to its direct impact on the local visual arts industry.'

Last but not least, the FNB Art Prize for 2013; Nelisiwe Xaba & Mocke J van Veuren's  'Uncles & Angels', a collaborative dance and film project originally produced as a stage performance.

For more information on all of these check out the FNB Joburg Artfair website here, and keep an eye out for Artthrob's updates on all the hype (and maybe some scandal) on the website and of course, at the actual fair.

27 September - 29 September

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