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Friends and fellow art lovers,

As the summer ends and we happily reunite in art world celebrations at the NY Armory, Art Basel and the fall auction calendar, here’s a quick update of what’s been cooking at Africa First.
I hope you find the content informative and interesting, and look forward to your participation in these imminent initiatives.

Serge Tiroche 

Happening now!

Artnet - Africa Present auction - closing September 14

We are proud of the fantastic selection of works in our second iteration of the Africa Present auction on Artnet. Our focus is on the introduction of the most exciting talents emerging from Africa and the Diaspora through our MEET section. The new partnership with as co-curators of this section, which evolved from a strategic perspective, is working out tremendously well on an operational level, providing us unique insight, visibility, content and a strong footprint on the continent. The unparalleled access, coupled with quality content and attractive estimates, provide international collectors a safe platform to discover the stars of tomorrow, today. Artnet’s global reach and efficient operating model have led to a wait-list forming for participation in the MEET section, but we also offer select works by more established artists through the SUPPORT and INVEST sections. Visit the auction site on Artnet or see highlights and a video library on Latitudes.

Zimbabwe Venice Pavilion preview on Africa Present
A perfect example of the innovativeness of the platform, is our Zimbabwe focus. Probably for the first time in auction history, we are proud to be presenting the works of all the artists selected to represent Zimbabwe in the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, a pseudo preview. For all four artists, Ronald Muchatuta, Wallen Mapondera, Kresiah Mukwazhi and Terrence Musekiwa, this will be a first ever auction participation. Fadzai Muchemwa, the Pavilion’s curator, has graciously contributed an excellent article which you are encouraged to read here.

artHarare Africa First Art Prize Open Call 

We are proud to announce a new collaboration with ArtHarare. The prize aims to benefit emerging and mid-career artists working in Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwean diaspora. It will celebrate the practice of a Zimbabwean emerging visual artist by offering a fully funded residency in Israel in 2022 (Covid permitting) followed by a solo exhibition at Gallery 1957. Applications are open online. The esteemed panel of Judges includes Fadzai Muchemwa – curator of the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, Marwan Zakhem – Founder of Gallery 1957, Richard Mudariki – visual artist and co-founder of art Harare, Moffat Takadiwa – visual artist and founder of Mbare Art Space and Serge Tiroche, collector and Founder of Africa First

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