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Established in 2005 in Newtown in front of the legendary Market Theatre, Afronova later moved to urban Braamfontein and, since 2013, operates from a private space in Parkhurst, one of the busiest areas of Johannesburg.

Since its opening, Afronova has held numerous exhibitions by artists from around Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean’s. By showcasing a series of performances, book launches and readings, fashion shows, screenings, gathering and artist residencies, the gallery has stayed true to its purpose of being a polyphonic platform for African contemporary expressions. While exploring new insights, Afronova’s collection embraces the visionary moderns and focuses on the young contemporaries. More than a physical space, Afronova is a journey shared with a growing family of artists, partners and friends. It is a vehicle for aesthetics, debates and transformation, circulating artists and practices – a constant dialogue.

Afronova’s humble contribution looks at Africa as a politically, economically, spiritually and ethnically heterogeneous tapestry and questions what ties us together, what cements the fragments, what fosters métissage. Without pretending to conduct a comprehensive survey, Afronova patiently draws a faceted picture and with each exhibition opens a new window with a relentless desire to consolidate an original system of value, independent from validation from the West.

It is a challenging and rewarding experience driven by the excitement of taking risks and making artistic choices. It has been a rare opportunity to interact with each artist and getting to know each personality and sensibility, as well as enjoying the insight into varying perspectives of such a cosmopolitan public.

Exhibitions

1:54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR
Billie Zangewa, John Liebenberg, Lawrence Lemaoana and Mauro Pinto
Somerset House, London, UK
15 – 18 October 2015

1:54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR
Billie Zangewa, Lawrence Lemaoana and Lebohang Kganye
Pioneer Works, New York, USA
15 – 17 May 2015

KYOTOGRAPHIE
Roger Ballen
Comme des Garçons Kyoto, projections only, Kyoto, Japan
Horikawa Oike gallery, Kyoto, Japan
18 April – 10 May 2015
A collaboration with Comme des Garçons

1:54 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR
Billie Zangewa, John Liebenberg, Lawrence Lemaoana, Mauro Pinto, Musa Nxumalo, Ricardo Rangel, Roger Ballen and Wayne Barker
Somerset House, London, UK
16 – 19 October 2014

FNB JOBURG ART FAIR 2011
Billie Zangewa, Dominique Zinkpè, Gerard Sekoto, Karl Gietl, Malick Sidibé, Mauro Pinto, Musa Nxumalo and Solly Cissé
23 – 25 September 2011

ABOUT MEMORY
Clive Rundle
24 June – 24 July 2011
Curated by Erica de Greef

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
Karl Gietl
6 May – 4 June 2011

BLACK LINE
Billie Zangewa

29 October – 27 November 2010

MUSA NXUMALO
Musa Nxumalo
17 September – 16 October 2010

FNB JOBURG ART FAIR 2010
Billie Zangewa, Dominique Zinkpè, Gerard Sekoto, Godfried Donkor, Karl Gietl, Malick Sidibé, Mauro Pinto, Musa Nxumalo, Samson Mnisi, Ricardo Rangel and Solly Cissé
26 – 28 March 2010

ARCO MADRID 2010
Godfried Donkor
17 – 21 February 2010

A SERIES OF TRAVELS
Karl Gietl
23 October – 21 November 2009

THE OLYMPIANS AND MUSES
Godfried Donkor
18 September – 17 October 2009

FNB JOBURG ART FAIR 2009
Billie Zangewa, Chéri Samba, Chicken Man Mkhize, Dominique Zinkpè, Gerard Sekoto, Godfried Donkor, Gonçalo Mabunda, Karl Gietl, Malick Sidibé, Mauro Pinto, Musa Nxumalo, Samson Mnisi, Ricardo Rangel, Solly Cissé, Steven Cohen, Tracey Rose and Willem Boshoff
3 – 5 April 2009

101 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2009
Billie Zangewa
2 – 5 April 2009

HIDDEN SIDE
Dominique Zinkpè
27 February – 21 March 2009

STITCH BY STICH
Billie Zangewa
14 November – 13 December 2008

EXILES
Drawings by Gerard Sekoto
19 September – 4 October 2008

THE WINTER SHOW
Dominique Zinkpe, Mouna Karray and Mohamadou Ndoye Douts
18 July – 6 September 2008

RICARDO RANGEL AND MAURO PINTO
6 June – 5 July 2008

AFTER TASTE
Joël Mpah Dooh
9 – 31 May 2008

ONE FOR THE ROAD
Karl Gietl
28 March – 19 April 2008

101 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2008
Nontsikelelo Veleko
April 2008

DANCE UMBRELLA 20TH BIRTHDAY/ JOHN HOGG
21 February – 15 March 2008

MY NEW VOICE
Gonçalo Mabunda
25 January – 16 February 2008

SUMMER SHOW
Hervé Télémaque, Sinclair Beiles, Durant Sihlali, Fred Page, John Muafangejo, Judus Mahlangu, and Steven Cohen
30 November – 12 December 2007

JOBURG – BAMAKO, A PHOTOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER
Andrew Tshabangu, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Jodi Bieber and Thando Mama
19 October – 7 November 2007

AFRONISM
Afronova Two-year Anniversary
Bill Ainslie, Billie Zangewa, Birame Ndiaye, Gera Mawi Mazgabu, Gonçalo Mabunda, Helen Joseph, Joël Mpah Dooh, Karl Gietl, Samson Mnisi, Sandile Zulu, Strangelove, Léon Radegonde, Malick Sidibé, Mario Benjamin, Nontsikelelo Velek, Petros Ghebrehiwot and Wayne Barker
14 September – 13 October 2007

GATHERED SPIRITS
Petros Ghebrehiwot
3 – 22 August 2007

THE WINTER SHOW
Billie Zangewa, Chéri Samba, Chiken Man Mkhize, Dinkies Sithole, Durant Sihlali, Esther Mahlangu, Gera Mewi Mezgebu, Maria van Rooyen, Soly Cissé, Steven Cohen and Willem Boshoff
22 June – 13 July 2007

SILK TAPESTRIES
Billie Zangewa
4 – 31 May 2007

MALICK SIDIBE
16 March – 14 April 2007

MARIO BENJAMIN
16 February – 10 March 2007

MY LITTLE PINK BAG STORIES
Performance by the Voodoo Divas
12 January 2007

THE SUMMER SHOW
Bill Ainslie, Birame Ndiaye, Cecil Skotnes, Durant Sihlali, Helen Joseph, Helen Sebidi,  Jacob Tladi, Joel Noosi, Joël Mpah Dooh, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Karl Gietl, Nhlanhla Xaba, Sinclair Beiles, Soly Cissé, Steven Cohen, Thokozani Mthiyane and Wayne Barker
8 – 22 December 2006

SALANM SORTI LADIG
Leon Radegonde
3 November – 25 November 2006

JUST TO SAY HELLO…
Joël Mpah Dooh
15 September – 14 October 2006

FREE STYLE
Crispian Plunkett, Nontsikelelo ’Lolo’ Veleko and Strangelove with Hannelie Coetzee
25 July – 19 August 2006

SELVAGE
Performance by Strangelove
11 August 2006

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Tribute to Bill Ainslie
23 June – 22 July 2006

AFRICANISM
Cheri Samba, Birame Ndiaye, Dinkies Sithole, Gera Mawi Mazgabu, Helen Joseph, Hervé Telemaque, Rasik Graene and Sandile Zulu
12 May – 10 June 2006

A SEARCH FOR PARADISE
Karl Gietl
7 – 30 April 2006

URBAN JUNGLE
Birame Ndiaye and Wayne Barker
17 February – 11 March 2006

BOUND
Helen Joseph
29 November – 14 December 2005

MORE FIRE!
Sandile Zulu and Gonçalo Mabunda
28 October – 26 November 2005

FREE SPIRITS
Samson Mnisi and Gera Mawi Mazgabu
16 September – 8 October 2005

Publications

Sans titre
ONE FOR THE ROAD
27×21.5cm, softcover
English
Published by Afronova
2008
sekoto
EXILES
96 pages, 27×21.5cm, softcover
English
Published by Afronova
2008
afronism
AFRONISM
88 pages, 27×21.5cm, softcover
English
Published by Afronova
2007
hot
HOT IN THE CITY
42 pages, 18x18cm , softcover
English
Published by Afronova

Press

The Best Of 1:54 NY Contemporary African Art Fair 2015, okayafrica.com, May 2015

Making the Rounds at 1:54, NYC’s Newest Art Fair, with Trevor Schoonmaker, Art in America, May 2015

Kyotographie 2015, International photography festival, portfolio reviewer

9 African Galleries You Should Know, Artsy.net, October 2014

Forum at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2014, Henri Vergon, Director Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg and Elisabeth Lalouschek, Art Director and Art Sales October Gallery, London  in conversation with Cornell DeWitt, Vice President of Business Development artnet, New York, on feeding the international art market with contemporary African art

7 really Awesome things to do in Jozi, News 24, June 2014

Villes – Monde Johannesburg, France Culture, French radio programme, September 2012 (French)

Les voix du monde, RFI, French radio programme, September 2011 (French)

Afrique du Sud, sur le terrain des Arts, Mondomix, le magazine des musiques et cultures dans le monde, May 2010 (French)

Return from exile, Mail & Guardian, September 2008

The making of a market center, Japan Times, April 2008

The Fred de Vries Interviews, From Abdullah to Zille, Wits University Press, 2008

French contribution to ærenaissance, News 24, October 2000