A letter from Faye Mfikwe, FNB Chief Marketing Officer, September 2018
The relevance of art holds distinct roles around the world, it ranges from cultural to educational, and in each instant holds a deeply personal perspective to everyone whom it touches. It is in many ways, a socio-barometer of the times and its true impact has boundless potential.
Art holds a deeply personal perspective to everyone whom it touches. Its social relevance differs from tradition to tradition, ranging from cultural to educational and it is a socio-barometer that reflects the humanity of a nation as well as its creative spirit. To FNB, it is a powerful influencer of human potential and we value its capacity to uplift and inspire greatness.
Over the last ten years, we have had the honour and privilege of growing the FNB JoburgArtFair into one of the largest art fairs on the continent. Now in its eleventh year, the Fair has become an iconic event that continues to unearth many a talent, and in so doing, helps to define the imagery that is associated with the Africa and its modern art.
The Fair provides African artists and galleries a platform through which to showcase their considerable talent. It has become a sought-after event for collectors, investors and enthusiasts alike, drawing an ever-increasing number of local and international visitors, forever entrenching the love for the arts to newer audiences each year.
This year, the FNB JoburgArtFair will feature over 45 galleries, with 15 new exhibitors of contemporary and modern arts, special projects and solo exhibitions by galleries and organizations. It is the most diverse representation from the continent in the history of the Fair, with exhibitors from Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
In line with the Fair’s leading role on the continent, the 2018 featured artist is Malawian-born Billie Zangewa, who lives and works in Johannesburg and primarily uses raw silk off-cuts to create intricate hand-stitched collages in flat, colourful panache.
The FNB Art Prize, which will once again celebrate the work of an artist nominated by the galleries that participate in the Fair. The FNB Art Prize honours exceptional artistic talent and, at the same time, provides many local and international opportunities beyond the Fair, often resulting in a springboard that catapults the artists’ career to a higher level.
We congratulate all the amazing artists that are exhibiting in this year’s edition of the Fair, many thanks to ArtLogic for their vision and hard work with the staging of yet another successful installment. We remain confident that the FNB JoburgArtFair will continue to highlight the creative excellence our continent continues to offer to the world.
FNB Chief Marketing Officer