Touria El Glaoui, founding director of 1-54, has always been keen to set up the event on the African continent, after having launched the fair in 2013 in London then in 2015 in New York. In February 2018, the fair was successfully created in Marrakech. This allowed the event to broaden its influence and diversify the list of exhibiting galleries as well as the showcased artists, thus strengthening the global network developed by 1-54 over the past seven years.
Touria El Glaoui
Founding director, 1-54 Art Fair,@154artfair
— Quartz Africa (@qzafrica) September 19, 2019
Marrakech has one of the most dynamic art scenes on the continent, and the objective of 1- 54 Marrakech is to take advantage of the creative energy infused into the city by its artists, galleries and institutions.
1-54 will present 20 leading galleries from 10 countries: South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Senegal. In total, the fair will exhibit the work of over 70 emergings and recognized artists, working through a multitude of mediums and representing a wide variety of perspectives.
1-54 wil also present a vast program of events parallel to the fair, offered in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Madeen (MACAAL), the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum, the Montresso* Foundation, Le 18, le Comptoir Mines Gallery and the French Institute, among others.