The leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art returned to New York for its third edition, from the 5-7th of May 2017, while October 2017 will mark the fifth London edition of the fair.

With editions in London, New York and Marrakech, 1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.

Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013, May 2017 marked its third consecutive edition at Pioneer Works, New York, having returned from its fourth London edition in October 2016.

The 2017 New York edition welcomed 20 galleries hailing from Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, the UK, the US and South Africa, collectively exhibiting the work of more than 60 contemporary artists of emerging and established profile. 1:54 aims to welcome a global mix of galleries that are dedicated to pioneering and supporting African art and artists from across the world.

1:54 New York 2017 was accompanied by an educational and artistic programme, FORUM, curated by Koyo Kouoh and will include lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals.