10 artists to see at FNB Joburg Art Fair’s 10th anniversary

FNB Joburg Art Fair serves as a dynamic platform, showcasing an amazing ensemble of emerging and established talent from across Africa and the diaspora. The anticipated fair will be back for its 10th anniversary edition at the Sandton Convention Centre in September. This year will see the space include a robust line-up of womxn artists on the programme, such as Lady Skollie, Esther Mahlangu and Peju Alatise. See our pick of 10 must-see womxn artists showing at the art fair from across the continent.

Sethembile Msezane

Solitude (2016).

Location: Cape Town by way of KwaZulu-Natal Gallery: Gallery MOMO Medium: Performance, photography and sculpture
Sethembile’s practice focuses on representation and the erasure of iconic black women in history and mythology. Her work looks at representation of black women in the past and present, seeking to subvert colonialist ideologies and educate viewers on the injustices caused through selective history. Read more about Sethembile.

Lady Skollie

Passion Gap: a self portrait of the artist wrestling with her daddy issues; reaching misguidedly for the validation of men (2016)

Location: Johannesburg by way of Cape Town Gallery: Tyburn Gallery Medium: Painting
Lady Skollie is known for her erotic artworks that are aesthetically inspired by Khoisan cave drawings, to name a few. An intensely feminist artist, her paintings unabashedly depict the nude form to convey concepts of gender and human sexuality. Find out more about Ladie Skollie.

Peju Alatise

Location: Lagos, Nigeria Medium: Sculpture and installation
Nigerian artist Peju Alatise has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the highly coveted FNB Art Prize at the media launch of the 10th instalment of the FNB JoburgArtFair. Social, political and gender related issues are Peju’s primary subject matter. More specifically she is inspired by stories of her Yoruba lineage and womxnhood as experienced in modern-life Nigerian traditions. Find out more about Peju.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi

Sunstrum (After Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum) 2017

Medium: Painting, video and performance Location: Johannesburg
Thenjiwe engages with power and its structures – physical, architectural and social. Her paintings address the idea of the icon or hero as a part of a social construct. She analyses the relationship between modern-day South African heroes such as Nelson Mandela and identity, nationality and symbolism.
Find out more about Thenjiwe

Lina Iris Viktor

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Location: New York and London Medium: Lina is known for painting with pure gold. She also produces sculpture, photography, performance and installation.
Born to Liberian parents who were exiled from Monrovia and their home country in 1980 (during the civil war), Lina’s conceptual work is “governed by a purist color palette and seeks to instill a divine order to all around her”, according to the artist. Her art also draws from a diverse narrative to create her own mythology through figurative painting. Among her inspirations are the Dogon ethnic group of Mali and the Nubian culture of Sudan and Southern Egypt. Find out more about Lina.


An Ancient Angolan Queen (2016). Courtesy: MOV’ART Gallery.

Location: The Hague, Netherlands by way of Luanda, Angola Medium: Digital collage and photography. Gallery: MOV’ART Gallery. Themes: Keyezua’s practice expresses her curiosity towards topics on culture, identity, heritage, colonialism, sex and religion. Her collaged artworks tackle the tough subject of female genital mutilation or cutting, and the female body; aiming to initiate a dialogue around these topics. Find out more about Keyezua.

Karen Cronje

Courtesy: 99 Loop gallery

Location: Cape Town Medium: Painting  Gallery: 99 loop
Karen metaphorically expresses her personal vision through landscape representation. The artist investigates landscape as a site of cultural significance, memory and belonging. Her paintings demonstrates landscape’s evocative power to represent human experience.

Bronwyn Katz

Koebye Hoerikwaggo (2017). Courtesy of the artist and blank projects.

Location: Cape Town and Johannesburg Gallery: Blank Gallery Medium: Sculpture, installation, video and performance.
Themes: Bronwyn’s practice explores the history of land dispossession and its formulative role in shaping South African people’s identities and memories. She contemplates the notion of land as lived experience, and the ability of the land to remember and communicate the memory of its occupation. Through her practice she seeks to encourage the act of memory.

Chemutai Ng’ok

Untitled (2014).

Location: Grahamstown by way of Nairobi Medium: Painting (oil on canvas) Gallery: Smac Gallery.
Chemurai explores the relationship between African traditionalism and western influence; the scientific and the realm of superstition, myth, magic and oral history. She is fascinated by the intersection of indigenous African social systems and western culture, and her paintings serve to illustrate how the two belief systems are constantly in flux and mutually constituted.

Ilana Seati

Courtesy: In Toto Gallery

Location: Port Shepstone by way of Tel Aviv Gallery: In Toto Gallery Medium: Painting (oil, acrylic, and charcoal on canvas and paper)
Themes: Ilana’s semi-abstract paintings of the human figure explore concepts of truth and fantasy and in particular how we tend to blur boundaries between fiction and reality in our everyday lives.

Find out more about FNB Joburg Art Fair 2017 (7-10 September).

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