African Art Fair begins at Somerset House London

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The 1:54 Contemporary African Art fair arrives at London’s Somerset House, with more than fourty two meter statues filling the building’s courtyard. Alex Fraser – reports.

African Art Fair begins at Somerset House London

Fourty grafite statues cover the courtyard of London’s Somerset House.

The two meter high structures are on display as part of the city’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Artist Zak Ove’s installation references “the Masque of Blackness”- a play enacted by Anne of Denmark and her court ladies in the courtyard of Somerset House in 1605.

SOUNDBITE Founder of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Touria El Glaoui, saying (English):

“It was about celebrating the beauty of blackness at the time. So obviously it might not be the best thing we could do today but the idea of Zac Ove was definitely to re-celebrate this blackness in the courtyard of Somerset House.”

As well as the statues, visitors to the fair can also view the work of the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibe.

1:54 runs from October 6th to the 9th.

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