With over 100 exhibitors, 25,000 visitors, and 6,500 VIP guests, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair can rightfully claim to be Africa’s largest and most diverse art fair. It offers a platform for galleries, collectors, curators, and artists from around the world to connect within a contemporary art milieu where the African art market and the international art world converge. The 11th edition of this world-class experience takes place from 16 to 18 February 2024 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The curatorial theme ‘Unbound’ focuses on emerging and ‘unbound’ voices taking as its starting point the infinite potential of art to inspire and challenge.
“iTOO Artinsure is thrilled to announce its sponsorship of the Cape Town Art Fair through our support of the Talks programme. As a committed supporter of the arts, we are excited to play a pivotal role in promoting a platform that not only showcases the talent of established and emerging artists but also provides a unique opportunity to connect with our clients”, says Gail Bosch, Head of iTOO Artinsure.
Visitors to the CTAF will have a choice of five talks to choose from or they can indulge in spending a full day (Saturday, 17th February 2024), gaining in-depth knowledge from a cross-spectrum of art practitioners.
The talks broken down:
- In ‘Creativity Unbound’ guest speakers from fashion, music, architecture, and the visual arts will engage in a dynamic discussion on collaborative ventures and explore interconnected themes that stimulate innovation. Well-known art historian, Ashraf Jamal will lead the panel including Max Melvill, an architect, and Lukhanyo Mdingi, a fashion designer in discussions around shaping the future of creative interchange.
- Art critic Sean O’Toole and art historian Olivia Barrell will explore ‘Themes of language and migration’ alongside renowned ceramicist Andile Dyalvane, and painter Kamyar Bineshtarigh, across their respective artistic mediums. A round table discussion with leading artists and art practitioners will address the vital role of art market stakeholders – artists, curators, dealers, archivists, and collectors – as custodians of cultural heritage.
- ‘Lest we forget: Safeguarding the legacy of artists and their work’ (in collaboration with the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, New York) will examine how much authority artists have over their work once it leaves their studios. Elizabeth Gorayeb, Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, will lead this compelling discussion joined by artists Sam Nlhengethwa and Sethembile Msezane, art historian Nomusa Makhubu, and curators Heidi Erdmann Rasch and Phillippa Duncan.
- In ‘Curatorial Chronicles’ influential directors and curators from prominent institutions worldwide will examine the evolving role of curatorial innovations, the reimagining of spaces, community engagement and the integration of technology. Curator and writer Heba Elkayal together with panellists Wim Pjibes, Dutch art historian and Bernardo Follini, Italian curator, will address the challenges faced by museums, institutions and private foundations.
- In Rethinking Art and Nature curator Mariella Franzoni and some of the participating artists will share insights from their emerging art practices in Tomorrows/Today 2024 ‘Inhabiting the Wild’ in which 12 underrepresented artists with diverse aesthetic practices and cultural backgrounds, rethink our connection with the non-human world.