Five booths we’re excited to visit at FNB Art Joburg

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Haneem Christian's Bloom is showing with EBONY/ Curated at FNB Art Joburg. (Photo: Supplied)
Haneem Christian's Bloom is showing with EBONY/ Curated at FNB Art Joburg. (Photo: Supplied)
  • Featuring more than 40 presentations, 33 galleries and 13 countries, this year’s iteration of FNB Art Joburg is taking place virtually. 
  • Some of the countries featured in the fair are Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa and Uganda. 
  • As a warm up, Arts24 recommends five galleries to visit through the fair’s portal. 


‘Awaiting II’, 2020, 136cm x 119cm. Hand and Machi
‘Awaiting II’, 2020, 136cm x 119cm. Hand and Machine Embroidery on Fabric. (Kimathi Mafafo)

Ebony/Curated

Since 2007 the gallery has established three spaces in the Western Cape in which to showcase contemporary art made by artist from the continent or the diaspora. In this rendition of the fair the gallery’s booth features artists Lwando Dlamini, Kimathi Mafafo, Aviwe Plaatjie, Kaloki Nyamai and Patrick Bongoy.

‘Tiger Jump’, 2020. Watercolour, newspaper and mag
‘Tiger Jump’, 2020. Watercolour, newspaper and magazine, collages. 75cm x 55cm. (Monica de Miranda)

Jahmek Contemporary Art

Based in Luanda, Angola Jahmek Contemporary Art uses exhibitions to facilitate critical dialogue and engagement around the country’s visual art scene. For the fair the platform is showing work by Monica de Miranda, Binelde Hycra and Kiluanji Kia Henda. 

‘I’m in with me’, 2020. Acrylic on Canvas. 54inx 6
‘I’m in with me’, 2020. Acrylic on Canvas. 54inx 60in. (Ameh Egwuh)

Rele Gallery

In a bid to expand access for both local and global audiences, this Lagos, Nigeria based gallery describes the artists it represents as “cutting-edge” game changers. Their Art Joburg booth features work from Ameh Egwuh, Marcellina Akpojotor and Sejiro Avoseh.

‘I Am Not Me’, 2019. 151cm x 201cm. Mixed media on
‘I Am Not Me’, 2019. 151cm x 201cm. Mixed media on canvas. (Jaokim Kwaru)

Circle Art Gallery

Founded in 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya this gallery looks to promote East Africa’s contemporary art in order to create a strong and sustainable market for East African artists. To showcase this at Art Joburg they have brought work from artists Agnes Waruguru, Boniface Maina, Jaokim Kwaru and Miska Mohmmed.

‘Labour of Our Heroes Past’, 2020. Oil on canvas.
‘Labour of Our Heroes Past’, 2020. Oil on canvas. 60in x 66in. (Adewale Fatai)

Red Door Gallery

In addition to imagining an African contemporary art world free of western cues of existence, Red door Gallery wants to encourage politically charged art making, collecting and engagement. This is realised through exhibitions, public and private commissions, advisory work, art restorations and consulting. At Art Joburg the gallery’s booth includes works from Adewale Fatai and Cyril Oma. 

FNB Art Joburg is taking place from 6 to 18 November 2020. For more information or to visit the booths go to artjoburg.com  



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