DATE & TIME
Friday 6th of October 2017
London WC2R 1LA
Taking its name from the 54 countries that make up the African continent, 1:54 is a biannual fair with editions in London (in October) and New York (in May). 1:54 draws together galleries, curators, artists, art centres and museums both from Africa and working on Africa-related projects to promote art by established and emerging talent to an international audience.
By taking place during Frieze Week, 1:54 builds on the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art. It presents a rare opportunity to explore the emerging market and acquire works, in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the world.
There will be over 50 exhibitors at Somerset House, who will exhibit a cross-section of works including photography, sculpture and painting.
Born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui holds an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from Pace University, New York. She began her career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant before moving to London in 2001 where she undertook various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry. She has spent over five years working between London, various African countries and the Middle East in a business development capacity. She is a member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Leighton House, London and a trustee of the Marrakech Biennial.
Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists, Hassan El Glaoui. Parallel to her career, she has organised and co- curated significant exhibitions of her father’s work including a major retrospective in Casablanca and Meetings in Marrakech, a joint exhibition with Winston Churchill’s paintings hosted at Leighton House in London and most recently, La Mamounia in Marrakech, as part of the 2014 Marrakech Biennale.
In October 2013, she founded 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Held at Somerset House in London, it marked the first fair of its kind to take place in Europe.