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L: Koyo Kouoh, 2017; © Antoine Tempé, R: 1:54 FORUM in 2016 at Pioneer Works; © Katrina Sorrentino


1:54 Announces FORUM Program, Curated by Koyo Kouoh, for the 2017 Edition at Pioneer Works

Brooklyn, NY (March 2017) – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives, is pleased to announce the 2017 New York lineup for 1:54 FORUM, the fair’s annual talks program, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Founder and Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar and supported by Gabriella Beckhurst(FORUM Curatorial Assistant).

Kouoh, who has curated 1:54 FORUM since the fair’s inception in both London (2013) and New York (2015), will focus this edition on exploring some of the radical imperatives underlining African and African American artistry today. Convening a range of leading artists, performers, curators, and scholars, FORUM will unfold a spectrum of aesthetic strategies dealing with themes of temporal and material abstraction, narrativization, and transformation. The program will directly explore how artists enable us to visualize, but also mobilize new artistic communities and connections. 

For information please contact: Thomas Dewey Davis,, +12122023402