Mandie’s Pick of the Month: Cape Town dons its party dress again!

February 11, 2022

Exhibitions, Mandie's Pick

Local and international art lovers will be spoilt for choice at this year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair which returns to the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2022. It will be the first major live art event to be held since the country went into lockdown in March 2020.

For the 9th edition, a hybrid offering will be combining the physical experience with the digital, enabling art lovers to engage with the art in person as well as on the Artshell digital platform which will offer an online curatorial experience. The CTAF draws amongst the best artists from different parts of the world, from Nairobi to Paris, Dakar to Berlin, Lusaka to Leipzig, Milano and beyond, creating a diverse offering for viewers and buyers alike.

“It’s an understatement to say that the world of culture has shifted. The global pandemic has forced our experience of art to change and adapt and after an unusual social and emotional emptiness of two years due to the global lockdown, artists, exhibitors, their gallerists and dealers, but perhaps even more importantly, the art-loving public and collectors can look forward to an exhilarating experience once again,” says Director, Laura Vincenti.

In addition to a broader artist presentation, the CTAF has some exciting new additions. The new ‘ALT’ section takes a different spin on a similar theme, inviting alternative galleries to portray the way in which the pandemic has affected how artists engage with the real and more pressingly virtual worlds of art.

SOLO’ seeks to explore the artistic practices of artists working locally and abroad through curated solo presentations. Among the participating artists are Johannes Phokela (South Africa) of Eclectica Contemporary, Brett Charles Seiler (Zimbabwe) of Everard Read, Thebe Phetogo (South Africa) of Guns & Rain, Luyanda Zindela (South Africa) of SMAC, Osvaldo Ferreira (Angola) of This is Not a White Cube in Angola, Duduzi (DuduBloom) and More (South Africa) of Berman Contemporary in South Africa.

Other established sections making up the total experience include ‘TOMORROWS/TODAY’, curated by Nkule Mabaso and Luigi Fassi, which places emerging and under-represented artists in the public eye. Past/Modern, guest curated by João Ferreira, will feature modern masters such as Christo Coetzee, Edoardo Villa, Hannes Harrs, Irma Stern, Judith Mason, Paul du Toit, Gregor Jenkin, Cecil Skotnes, Lucas Sithole, Marion Arnold, Robert Hodgins, Tinus de Jongh and Willem Boshoff.

‘Connect through Art from Africa and the World’, the theme for the 2022 cultural highlight, says it all!

Tickets can be purchased via the Webticket link on All applicable governmental COVID-19 precautions will apply to ensure visitors’ safety.