Billie Zangewa is set to be the featured artist at this year’s annual FNB JoburgArtFair – the continent’s  foremost art fair focused on contemporary art from Africa and abroad – taking place from 6-9 September 2018 in at the Sandton Convention Centre.

According to Bizcommunity, Zangewa says “I’m thrilled to be selected as this year’s featured artist for the FNB JoburgArtFair,” on her being featured. “It is a great honour and I’m proud to be in the company of the other artists chosen before me. Sincere thanks to FNB, Artlogic and my gallery, blank projects, for its support.”

The Malawian-born, Johannesburg-based artist – who primarily works with silk fabrics and has exhibited her work at MASS MoCA, Stedelijk Museum, Studio Museum Harlem, and Iziko South African National Gallery – was chosen following a decision by the fair to celebrate a locally residing creative for its 11th edition, having billed international artist for several years. Zangewa’s work also forms part of prestigious private and public collections, including those at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Stedelijk Museum.

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“As a proudly South African bank with roots that extend into several other African countries, FNB endeavours to sustain the support of art on our continent through the FNB JoburgArtFair, one of the biggest and oldest fairs on the continent,” says FNB Chief Marketing Officer Faye Mfikwe in a statement on the fair’s site.

“FNB believes that the fair continues to play an important role in harnessing the value that artists bring to society and has thus established itself as the meeting place for those interested in African contemporary art. The demand to attend the FNB JoburgArtFair continues to exceed expectations year on year, ultimately situating it as an important stage for both artists and galleries,” she added.

Local and international art-lovers, curators, buyers and writers can look forward to an extensive showcase of 45 galleries and exhibitors from 14 countries across Europe, the USA and African countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

For more information, visit the FNB JoburgArtFair website.

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