The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair was in London this weekend. The fair – a biannual event with editions in London and New York – was initiated in 2013, and this year showcased the work of over 130 contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora.
This year, 1:54 also featured an exhibition of photography by the late, great Malick Sidibé, organised around three themes: ‘Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River’, featuring young people enjoying days out by the River Niger; ‘Thiep à Bamako’ featuring Bamako nightlife; and ‘Le Studio / The Studio’, featuring Sidibé‘s renowned studio portraits. This is Sidibé‘s first major solo exhibition in the UK, and it is unmissable. It runs at Somerset House, London until 15 January 2017, so there is still plenty of time to catch it.
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