The seventh edition of 1-54 London will once again be accompanied by 1-54 FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks programme, including artists talks, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and cultural producers.
This year, 1-54 FORUM will be curated by curator Kerryn Greenberg, Head of International Collection Exhibitions at Tate. The programme dedicated to the formidable Nigerian curator Bisi Silva (1962-2019), founder of the Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) Lagos who championed women artists and experimental artistic practices, prioritised research, publishing and pedagogy and nurtured the next generation of artists, curators, writers and art historians in Africa. Over the course of four afternoons, 1-54 FORUM will bring together many of the people who benefitted from Silva’s wise counsel and unwavering support, to continue the conversations she was at the centre of before her untimely death in February 2019.
Speakers and contributors include Akinbode Akinbiyi, Leo Asemota, Shiraz Bayjoo, Antawan Byrd, Eddie Chambers, Yves Chatap, Godfried Donkor, Elvira Dyangani-Ose, Brendan Embser, Mary Evans, Christine Eyene, N’goné Fall, Tamar Garb, Bea Gassmann de Sousa, Elizabeth Giorgis, Paul Goodwin, Ashraf Jamal, Peju Layiwola, Ibrahim Mahama, Hansi Momodu-Gordon, Nontobeko Ntombela, Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Mary Sibande and Zoe Whitley among others.