The Unframed section of Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 presents large-scale sculpture, installation, performance, and new media artworks that offer the opportunity for more ambitious, more conceptual aspects of artists’ practice to fairgoers.
The section includes works that are large in scale, site-specific, and interactive, defying the limitations of the traditional fair booth and encouraging fairgoers to fully engage with the work.
For the 2019 iteration, Unframed includes
- a performative video installation by Ed Young (South Africa) presented by SMAC,
- a video room showing works by Clément Cogitore (France) and Borna Sammak (US) by A4 Arts Foundation, and
- a large-scale, sculptural installation by Asemahle Ntlonti (South Africa) by The Project Space.
A4 Arts Foundation is a free to the public, not-for-profit laboratory for the arts of Southern Africa. For ICTAF 2019, A4 presents a video booth showing works by Clément Cogitore and Borna Sammak .
Clément Cogitore (b. 1983, Colmar, France) lives and works in Paris as an artist and film-maker. Cogitore’s artistic practice includes film, video installation, and photography, and touches upon themes such as ritual and collective memory. Cogitore was awarded with the Prix Marcel Duchamp, and his works are included in major French public collections such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, National Fund of Contemporary Art, and Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Paris.
Borna Sammak (b. 1986, Philadelphia, USA) lives and works in New York. He is a multimedia artist, largely working with video, sculpture, and painting, often making use of found objects. His works are formalistic, chaotic and saturated, evocative of mass media and digital aesthetics. Sammak’s artworks are included in the permanent collections of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), the High Museum of Art (USA), and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia).
The Project Space, established in 2016 by artist Benon Lutaaya, is centered on creating spaces and opportunities for female artists from the African continent and diaspora.
For ICTAF 2019, Asemahle Ntlonti (b. 1993, Cape Town) presents a site-specific, sculptural installation titled Sikhalela ngaphakathi (2019) – see lead photograph above. The work is part of a series which investigates South African histories, using art to speak of inherited traumas. She analyses South African history in order to better understand the source of her own psychological scars, by questioning the ways in which we have dealt with the violence that was done unto black people, and the ways in which we choose to memorialise our fallen heroines and heroes. In 2017, Ntlonti presented a solo exhibition at Blank Projects (Cape Town). She is a member of iQhiya, a collective of 11 black women, that has exhibited and performed in a number of spaces, including Documenta 14.
WHEN: 15 – 17 February 2019
WHERE: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
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Investec Cape Town Art Fair is the largest contemporary art fair in Africa. With almost 100 galleries, over 15,000 visitors and 2,815 invited guests, it offers a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to create connections at the forefront of contemporary art. With an intimate experience of one of the world’s most unique art capitals, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has proven to be the place where the fast-growing African art market and the international art world meet.