This art season, Lagos is getting a new fair, alongside returning art events such as Lagos Photo Festival and ArtX Lagos. The First Impart Artists Fair, which debuts 25 October, will take place at Alpha One, Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos and will feature 1000 works by 300 emerging and established artists from all over Africa.
With an eye on democratizing art in Nigeria and across Africa, Impart fair is designed as a fair led by artists. It will offer artists the opportunity to present their artworks directly to their audience. This means booths at the fair will be owned by the artists and not galleries—this will likely lower the economic stakes for both artists and buyers, and also allow participation by emerging artists who do not have gallery representation.
Another major highlight of Impart fair is its focus on the use of Interactive and Immersive Technology in art. Aptly titled the ‘Art meets Tech’ fair, the organizer, Hana Omilani, says the fair is a place, “where you will have an immersive interactive experience using technology to have creative experiences.” Activities include a Digital Art show, and workshops with artists and tech professionals.
The list of participating artists include Ibe Ananaba, Nkechi Nwosu, Chigozie Obi, Nzekwe Phillip, Arinze Ato, Uche Edochie, Yasser Claud-Ennin, Burns Effiom,Osaze Amadasun, Roanna Tella, Esther Adebayo and Omoshola Kpere-Daibo. The fair will also showcase most of the emerging artists that should be on your radar, while allowing for re-discovering of other established figures. Impart fair is organized by Lasmara, an independent art consultancy outfit in Lagos, and supported by the law firm, Templars, and the US Consulate.
Impart runs from 25 till 27 October 2019. For more info, visit https://www.impartfair.com/
Featured Image: Ibe Ananaba, Moment of truth, 2013. Copyright © Ibe Ananaba