Building on the success of its maiden edition in 2016, and continuing with its objective to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and the diaspora, ART X Lagos in 2017 will host prestigious galleries including Art House - The Space (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Gallery 1957 (Ghana) and Tafeta (United Kingdom), amongst others. The full list of exhibiting galleries and artists will be released in September 2017.
With its intention of widening West Africa’s connection to the international contemporary art scene, ART X Lagos is currently the only art fair in sub-Saharan Africa to take place outside South Africa. The inaugural edition of ART X Lagos in 2016 exhibited the works of over 65 artists drawn from 10 countries around Africa, with representation from 12 galleries and 3 independent artists and 2017 is set to be even bigger.
ART X Lagos is unique in that alongside inviting established galleries to exhibit at the fair, each year three independent African artists are selected to exhibit at the fair, an approach which reflects the contemporary art scene in West Africa, where many critically acclaimed artists choose to represent themselves. In addition ART X Lagos will select 6 emerging African artists whose works across the mediums of performance art, installation, photography and video art will create a central show piece for the fair.