The name 1-54 comes from the African continent itself (one), and the 54 countries that compose it — diversity in unity. In 2017, the London fair had attracted 17,000 visitors, with 42 galleries from 17 countries around the world, and more than 130 artists of African descent.
On February 24 and 25, the fair sets up its first edition in Marrakech at La Mamounia Hotel, an emblematic place in the city. It has been long since Winston Churchill set his easel in the gardens to capture the lush nature, and Alfred Hitchcock shot some scenes for The Man Who Knew Too Much. Today, the establishment continues to seduce guests by its towers and garb. The hotel has won over the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which brings together 17 major galleries from Africa and around the world, and more than 60 international artists. Among them, Namsa Leuba, represented by the Art Twenty One Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria). Additionally, a program of conferences and events is organized in partnership with local institutions.
"Hosting an edition on the African continent has been 1-54's goal since always and there is no better place than Morocco to host this first edition outside London and New York. Morocco has one of the most dynamic artistic scenes of the continent and hosts in particular the Marrakech Biennial, an event of very high quality that encouraged our decision to settle in this city," said El Glaoui Touria.