Yeukai Karengezeka-Chisepo Arts Correspondent
Five local visual artists under the First Floor Gallery exhibited at the FNB Johannesburg Art Fair held at Sandton Convention Centre over the weekend. The three day event featured 60 exhibitions within five categories namely contemporary and modern art, solo presentations, limited editions and art platforms. The selected galleries and organisations hailed from 12 countries across Africa, Europe and the United States.
First Floor gallery was the only gallery from Zimbabwe exhibiting under the contemporary art section and it was represented by Gresham Nyaude, Helen Teede, Troy Makaza, Wycliffe Mundopa and Takunda Billiati.
In an interview with one of the exhibitors Teede said she was excited and humbled to be chosen to represent the country.
“I really feel humbled to be participating at a fair that fosters African art and very much excited to represented my nation.
“I showcased five paintings and the response was positive. I also had the privilege to interact and exchange notes with other international artists,” she said.
Also from Zimbabwe was Village Uhuru which was in the art platforms category.
The FNB Joburg ArtFair is Africa’s leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and the Diaspora.
Now in its 10th year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives.
Special features of the fair include a series of curated special projects, an important guests’ programme that has hosted top international curators and directors from institutions like The Tate Modern, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou and CCA Lagos.
There is also talk’s programme that invites art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists to deliver key-note lectures and participate in panel discussions.