Q&A With Mandla Sibeko, Director Of The FNB JoburgArtFair In South Africa

Propelling the arts landscape forward in Africa is the FNB JoburgArtFair in Johannesburg, considered the most important exhibition of contemporary African art on the continent. For its 11th edition in 2018, over 60 galleries from 14 countries participated. The increasing number of artists and the diverse audiences reflect the robust state of the arts in Africa, as the fair has been instrumental in changing the perception that galleries are white, elitist and discriminatory, and now affluent blacks figure among the patron class, composed mainly of bankers, mining tycoons, winery owners and corporate executives. The fair’s partners include BMW, as the BMW Group had opened a car plant in Rosslyn, South Africa, in 1986, and as a strong proponent of the arts, it has initiated and engaged in…

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