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1-54 New York 2022

The New York edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns this week, taking place in person for the first time since 2019. Open from May 19—22, the fair inaugurates a new home at Harlem Parish, welcoming 25 international galleries hailing from Africa, Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East. The main presentations will be accompanied by a roster of special projects, the Forum sector, and a VIP program made possible with the support of ARTNOIR. A digital iteration will also happen alongside the in-person programming from May 19—25, launched with the help of Artsy.

Presenting galleries local to New York include those like Cierra Britton GalleryFridman GalleryMontague ContemporarySuperposition GalleryNovella FordLong Gallery, and Medium Tings, who can be seen alongside spaces like AFIKARISNil GalleryJason Shin, and espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W. Among these presentations, viewers can expect to find the work of around 50 international creators from Africa and its diaspora, who work in a multitude of mediums—including the likes of the Cameroon-based Ludovic NkothThandiwe Muriu from Kenya, Ghana’s Lord OheneJohanna Mirabel from France, and the U.S.-based Audrey Lyall.

The fair’s 2022 iteration welcomes a new curator for the Forum sector, Novella Ford, who is the Associate Director for Public Programs and Exhibitions at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Encompassing a list of screenings, performances, and talks, Ford’s programming looks at the work and practice of diasporic artists through the lens of Harlem Renaissance writer Countee Cullen, whose poem From the Dark Tower acknowledges a legacy of Black labor.

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