As a media partner for Investec Cape Town Art Fair, here’s Nataal’s what not to miss and a chance to win tickets

This year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) will see over 100 galleries and exhibitors gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 to 17 February 2019. The city’s art scene is one of the fastest growing on the continent, so it is fitting that CTAF is the biggest fair in Africa, expecting over 18,000 visitors to descend on the event for three days of talks, walkabouts, performances and showcases. As one of the fair’s media partners, Nataal will also be in the mix at The Collective, a curation of international titles and publications that echo the creative ethos of the fair. In preparation, here’s our guide to navigating the attractions of the fair - and our competition to win tickets.

As part of the build up to the CTAF, the city will see a series of institutional exhibitions in select locations. Some of the highlights include The Maitland Institute’s exhibition by Berni Searle (12 February), A4 Art Foundation’s activation with Dan Perjovschi (visiting artist from the Gregor Podnar gallery) who will be in residency (13 February), the Norval Foundation’s photographic exhibition by David Goldblatt (14 February) and finally, OPEN24Hours’ Ed Young solo (14 February).

One of the features we’ll be paying close attention to during the fair is Tomorrow/Today. This curated cross-section highlights some of the most notable emerging and under recognised artists from Africa and around the world. The theme is one of transformation and experimentation, showcasing unorthodox art forms addressing current social and political issues. “In essence, the thought-provoking Tomorrow/Today section reiterates the fair’s support of artists who have developed their talents outside the structures of the art market,” says curator Tumelo Mosaka.

Confirmed artists include Zyma Amien (South Africa) of Art First in London, Medina Dugger (US/Nigeria) of Art Twenty One in Lagos, John Metelerkamp (South Africa) of Candice Berman Gallery in Johannesburg, Troy Makaza (Zimbabwe) of First Floor Gallery in Harare, Chris Soal (South Africa) of Guns & Rain in Johannesburg, Aimeì Mpane (Democratic Republic of Congo) of Nomad Gallery in Brussels, Armand Boua (Ivory Coast) of LKB/Gallery in Hamburg, Ihosvanny (Angola) of Movart in Luanda and Michael Cook (Australia) of This Is No Fantasy in Melbourne.

Also providing a platform for younger artists is Solo, which will highlight the intersection between digital and traditional art, and between the lived and hyper-real experience. This select showcase of artists includes Kyu Sang Lee (South Korea) of Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town; Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana) of APalazzo Gallery in Brescia, Sitaara Stodel (South Africa) of Smith Studio in Cape Town, Tabita Rezaire (French Guyana/Denmark) of Goodman Gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg and Jake Singer (South Africa) of Matter Gallery in Toronto.

Although the fair includes galleries from far and wide, Nataal will be paying special attention to the South African galleries and those across the continent. The African galleries represented include Afriart Gallery in Kampala, Nairobi’s Circle Art Gallery, Espaco Luanda Arte, First Floor Gallery in Harare, Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery in Abidjan, Omenka Gallery in Lagos and This Is Not a White Cube in Luanda.

In an effort to open up a culture of dialogues, the CTAF talks series will be held throughout the event in a panel discussion format. These conversations will be open to all attendees of the fair and topics include art collecting in the modern day, curating the 21st century, the relationship between art and politics and the artist’s position, art in the digital age and more. Voices include Tokini Peterside of ARTX Lagos, Brian Green of Victoria Yards, Melanie Edmunds of Artsy and artists such as Thania Petersen (South Africa) and Omar Ba (Senegal).

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair is held 15-17 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, with further activations held throughout the city

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Published on 29/01/2019