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Wayne Barker

Jake Nussbaum sits down with visual artist Wayne Barker in anticipation of Barker's show in the first annual 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York. They discuss how art helped eradicate apartheid in South Africa, what it means to be a white African, and Wayne's recent foray into traditional glass beadworks. On view at Pioneer Works from May 15th to May 17th, 2015.

Born in 1963 in Pretoria, South Africa, Barker is known for his textural, mixed-media canvasses. His experiences growing up amidst apartheid military activity in Pretoria is reflected in his artworks' incisive and astute social and political commentaries. Barker has exhibited at the Stellenbosch Modern And Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC Gallery) in Cape Town, Polokwane Art Museum, in Polokwane, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, and at the Fried Contemporary.



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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair


The New York edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair showcases 17 exhibitors, presenting over 60 African and African diasporan artists.

Recordings of 1:54's many programs, artists, and related partners may be found on this page. 1:54 was initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013 in LondonMay 2016 marks the second edition of 1:54 New York, while 1:54 London ran its fourth consecutive year from the 5-9th of October 2016 at Somerset House.


A reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. The 2016 1:54 Art Fair was accompanied by an educational and artistic program curated by Koyo Kouoh and includes lectures, film screenings, and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists, and art experts.


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