Two Art Fairs are running simultaneously in Johannesburg this September, with the first ever Latitudes Art Fair opening on the same night as the annual Joburg Art Fair. Latitudes aims to celebrate contemporary African art and will be held in a giant marquee at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, with the other Art Fair taking place across Maude Street at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Latitudes procured exhibitors from a list of applicants and the judging committee remains anonymous, to allow for fair and unbiased selection of participants. As a result the fair will be exhibiting works from individuals, collaborative works as well as work from studios, galleries and institutions, thus ensuring a wide variety of art on display.
Visitors can look forward to traditional art pieces as well as more modern media and video installations. ESSAYS, a focus section at the fair, is geared towards exhibiting overlooked work from masters as well as newbies. The Latitudes Art Fair will also present a solo exhibition by the winner of the African Art Prize, a collaborative venture with Emerging African Art Galleries Association.
Latitudes Art Fair is creating quite a stir among the African art community as it is the first art fair of its kind. Founders Nokwazi Zimu and Makgati Molebatse recently spoke to the SABC about the fair, co-founded with Lucy McGary and Anthea Buys, making it the first wholly women-owned art fair.
The fair will commence with a VIP preview on Thursday 12 September, opening to the public on Friday 13 September.