In partnership with Somerset House, 1-54 presented ‘I Came Apart at the Seams’ (3rd October 2019 – 5th January 2020), an exhibition of new and celebrated works from one of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary artists Mary Sibande. In her first solo UK exhibition, Sibande presents photographic and sculptural works which explore the power of imagination and righteous anger in shaping post-colonial identity in South Africa. The exhibition follows the journey of Sibande’s alter-ego, Sophie, as she transitions through time, colour and form, between what has been and what could be. Sibande looks at the body and particularly the way in which it is clothed, exploring it as a site where history and its legacies can be contested and redressed. The works on display centre around the artists’s own body, using it as a vessel to pay homage to generations of women in her family who worked as domestic labourers whilst seeking to empower her own, post-apartheid generation.
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Over the past seven years 1-54 has established itself as a leading International art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. With annual editions in London, New York and Marrakech, the event draws reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent. Initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013 the start of this month marked its seventh consecutive edition at Somerset House, London having returned from its fifth New York edition in May 2019. The fair was launched in Marrakech, Morocco, in February 2018.
1-54 bring together a diverse set of perspectives from around the world, and the recent London edition had carefully selected 45 leading international galleries from 19 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America, with 16 of the galleries actually coming  from Africa. For the first time, Kerryn Greenberg, Head of International Collection Exhibitions at Tate, guest curated the 1-54 FORUM talks programme and focused on the legacy of Nigerian curator Bisi Silva.
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For more details on the Mary Sibande exhibition currently running at Somerset House, please visit – www.somersethouse.org.uk