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Don’t miss these big names at the 10th annual FNB Joburg Art Fair

By Lisa Wallace | August 27, 2017 | Category Art

Located in the heart of Johannesburg, home to a burgeoning and vibrant art scene, the FNB Joburg Art Fair celebrates its 10th year of showcasing contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives. The event, taking place from 8 to 10 September at the Sandton Convention Centre, presents a new order of art communities that are seizing the contemporary art agenda worldwide.

Don’t miss these big names at this year’s showcase.

1. Zoe Whitley (Above)

As 2017’s Guest Curator of Special Projects, Dr Zoe Whitley, a research curator at London’s Tate Modern, will be responsible for an exhibition titled ‘Truth, or some other abstraction’. Its focus will be on long-established local artists and their roles as truth mongers, historians and custodians of South Africa’s past.

2. Mariane Ibrahim

Seattle-based gallerist Mariane Ibrahim (originally from Somalia) will be returning for her second stint, this time showing a solo exhibition of local artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s works. Mariane Ibrahim Gallery is just one of numerous women-led galleries showing at the fair.

3. William Kentridge

This year’s film programme, which runs in collaboration with William Kentridge’s Centre for the Less Good Idea, will focus on the notion of celebration with a series of short films that pay tribute to Jo’burg and its artists. The screenings will take place in Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square.

The Defence of the Less Good Idea [EXCERPT] from Less Good Idea on Vimeo.

4. Robin Rhode

In honour of the FNB Joburg Art Fair’s 10th anniversary, South African-born, Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode will return as the fair’s featured artist, having filled the role a decade ago at the inaugural edition.

5. Cartier

For the first time, luxury brand Cartier has joined the fair as a secondary sponsor. Visit the Cartier Lounge and explore the storied fashion house’s collaboration with local artists and architects.

FNB Joburg Art Fair is taking place from 8 to 10 September at the Sandton Convention Centre. To reserve tickets and for more information visit

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