Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar), who has curated 1:54 FORUM since the fair’s inception will focus this edition on exploring some of the radical imperatives underlining African and African American artistry today. Convening a range of leading artists, performers, curators and scholars, FORUM will unfold a spectrum of aesthetic strategies dealing with themes of temporal and material abstraction, narrativisation and transformation. The programme will directly explore how artists enable us to visualise, but also mobilise new artistic communities and connections.
This year, 1:54 New York welcomes Raél Jero Salley (Professor in Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art) as the keynote speaker. Artists participating are Derrick Adams, Sadie Barnette, Charles Gaines, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade (2/3 of the collective My Barbarian), Odili Donald Odita, Adam Pendleton, Sondra Perry, Marcia Kure and Tschabalala Self. Curators and scholars participating include Adrienne Edwards (Curator, Performa and Curator at Large, Walker Art Center), Eungie Joo (Artistic Director, 5th Anyang Public Art Project–APAP 5), Thomas J Lax (Associate Curator, Museum of Modern Art), Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi (Curator of African Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College) and Nicola Vassell (Founder, Concept NV).
Co-presented by Performa and 1:54, and curated by Adrienne Edwards, 1:54 PERFORMS returns for a second year with a newly commissioned special project for FORUM by Mendi and Keith Obadike. Vectors (Pan Africa) is a sonic work in which latitude and longitude data corresponding to African countries is translated into sound and played against spoken text.