17 Feb A roundup of our top must-sees | INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR weekend
After a two-year hiatus from being able to host a physical event, Africa’s largest contemporary art fair, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, will return IRL to its physical home for a hybrid event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The 9th edition of the event boasts high standards of art with over 107 exhibitors, 22,000 visitors, 4800 VIPs, and a supportive local art community. Lasting from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2022, the fair provides a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to engage and create connections, welcoming the public to a congenial socialising experience. Creative practitioners and nightlife curators measure to pep up hosting events across entertainment, art, music and food-related events. Along with the exhibition programme list, these are the events on our radar. So, there is plenty of opportunity for you and friends to explore what’s happening in Cape Town’s thriving art scene.
A Digital Divergence
First things first. International travel restrictions needn’t stop anyone from experiencing some of the best contemporary art south of the equator. If you’re not able to physically be in the Mother City for the actual event, you can still enjoy everything that the fair has to offer thanks to the Fair’s reformulated hybrid model.
This digital component can be navigated through Artshell, a digital podium which allows for an intimate online experience between viewers and artworks, collectors and exhibitors. Simply click and explore!
ALT Makes Its Debut
ALT is eye-catching and adventurous. An exciting new addition to the 2022 line-up, the focus is fresh, offering artists outside of the conventional exhibition space a chance to showcase work in a nonconventional way in the art fair setting.
Making its introduction, ALT results as a prominent aspect to the fair. It is an initiative space which facilitates projects that reflect on the ways in which the art world has had to adapt in response to the global shift from physical to virtual.
Here is the list of all selected artists included in this edition of ALT:
Daniel Malan (South Africa), Guy Simpson (South Africa) and Alex Coetzee (South Africa) of The Plot online gallery.
Colijn Strydom (South Africa) of Untitled in South Africa, Rharha Nembhard (South Africa) and Gemma Shepherd (South Africa) of THEFOURTH (South Africa).
Willy Karekezi (Rwanda) of KomezART in Rwanda.
SOLO booth sections
Investec Cape Town Art Fair is bringing back the popular SOLO section, which features selected young and vibrant artists alongside dazzling new work. This year, the popular SOLO will explore “how artists have reacted to intimacy and introspection caused by the pandemic, as well as the effect that exchange and collaboration have on artistic practice as a whole”.
Among the participating artists are Johannes Phokela (South Africa) of Eclectica Contemporary, Brett Charles Seiler (Zimbabwe) of Everard Read, Thebe Phetogo (South Africa) of Guns & Rain, Luyanda Zindela (South Africa) of SMAC, Osvaldo Ferreira (Angola) of This is Not a White Cube in Angola, Duduzi (DuduBloom) and More (South Africa) of Berman Contemporary in South Africa.
Guest curated by João Ferreira (Art Dealer and Art Advisor), Past/Modern adds historical context to the Fair through gallery-curated presentations of works of art by modern masters, such as Christo Coetzee, Edoardo Villa, Hannes Harrs, Irma Stern, Judith Mason, Paul du Toit, Gregor Jenkin, Cecile Skotness, Lucas Sithole, Marion Arnold, Robert Hodgins, Tinus de Jongh and Willem Boshoff.
Aimed at aspiring collectors, the Editions section of the Fair is where you will discover specialist prints and multiples. Leading print studios and galleries take centre stage and exhibitors include 50ty/50ty, ArtThrob and South Atlantic Press (all Cape Town), Artist Proof Studio, Dale Sargent Fine Art and LL Editions Contemporary (all Johannesburg), Asele Institute (Nimo, Nigeria) and Samuel Maenhoudt Gallery (Brussels, Belgium).
With so much to see, visitors will be spoiled for choice and so Laura Vincenti, director of Investec Cape Town Art Fair has put together some pointers on how to make the best of both events which can be found on the Fair’s website.
The New Narratives
A strong Talks Programme, which provides all with an opportunity to share and learn, has always been a key part of Investec Cape Town Art Fair and this year is no different. Curated by Art Momentum, it takes place on Friday, 18 February from 11h00 to 18h00 at the Westin Hotel. Artists, curators, gallerists and specialist collectors will take to the stage to share and explore various topics and encourage debate and discussion.
Listed here are topics for this year: Preserving, Interpreting and Appropriating Heritage for a More Equitable Future; Art & Design for the Future: Towards Radical and Creative Ecologies; Autobiography, Self-Representation, and Shifting Narratives: Ashraf Jamal in Conversation with Thania Petersen and Billie Zangewa; and Into the Metaverse: The Impact of NFTs on the Art World.
Cultural institutions and non-profit organisations who nurture and support artistic production in the region through exhibitions and artist residencies, have the opportunity to present their work to the public. Participants this year include A4 Arts Foundation, Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Evolving Art, LALELA, Norval Foundation, Zeitz MOCAA, and more.
Walk The Talk
Always a highlight, the public walkabouts offer a showcase of outside studios which are brimming with ideas. Curious art-goers are let in to meet artists and listen to them talking about their passion.
On Saturday 19 February, budding art collectors can learn about Starting an Art Collection with art advisor and avid art collector Amy Ellenbogen. Later in the afternoon, curator Andrew Lamprecht will talk Understanding Contemporary Art. On Sunday 20 February, Lamprecht will host The SOLO Section, sharing further insights into the featured SOLO Section artists and their response to the pandemic. This is followed by Female Artists, a curated tour of noteworthy female artists from across the globe. An essential insight into some of the most important voices in the industry led by Founder of Under The Aegis & Curator Anelisa Mangcu.
The primary purpose for visiting an art fair may be to see – or buy – art, but they are also famously good places to party.
Let loose, and take a seat abroad, as Gallery Night returns with the famous Cape Town Red Bus taking visitors on a night of gallery hopping in the Mother City! You might even find yourself rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of the African art world.
As you venture, be on the lookout for some groove-hitting events lined up during the night. One to expect is The Gallery Night’s official after-party at SMAC / The Palms 21h00 – 23h30. Access to the after-party will be granted on presentation of your art fair ticket, wrist band or VIP card. Stay for a while, and enjoy the night-time soirée over a glass of bubbly or two,
Choptime Monyanya is a celebratory gathering that awaits you this very Sunday. The event has its focus on food and music which acts to synthesize the nourishment of the body and spirit. Nestled in trendy Observatory, on the periphery of the CBD, this fresh edition, points towards a conversation with the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, and is presented by organisers, Wolff Architects (@wolffcapetown) and Feelings Radio Project (@feelingsradioproject), supported by Whatiftheworld, Mpho Matsipa and WAI Think Tank.
DJs: FRP & Fernando Damon
Food by: Zolitha Magengelele (Kitchen Diaspora)
WHEN + WHERE TO GO
Investec Cape Town Art Fair is on: Friday, 18 February to Sunday, 20 February, 2022
Find it: Website; Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Cost: R130 – R210 for a day ticket. R330 for a weekend pass.
Book: Online at webtickets
Contact on: 021 702 2280, email@example.com. Follow on Instagram: @investeccapetownartfair
Parking: At the Cape Town International Convention Centre for a fee.
Food and drink: A variety of food and drinks, including a full bar service. The vendors will accept credit cards or cash.
Where to stay: For assistance with flight bookings, hotel deals, transfers, etc get in touch with the concierge partner: Heidi@tourdafrique.co.za