1-54 is the first leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Founded by Touria El Glaoui, the fair holds annual editions in London since 2013, New York since 2015 and Marrakech since 2018. Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1-54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.
1-54 Marrakech is accompanied by 1-54 Forum, the fair’s extensive talks and events programme, which included artist talks and panel discussions with international curators, artists and cultural producers, to be held at La Mamounia, ESAV and Le 18 in parallel to the fair. The Showroom curated the 2020 edition, under the title On Focus: Communal Knowledge at Large. The programme interrogated the institutional possibilities of engagement with local communities on artistic projects, based on The Showroom’s Communal Knowledge programme.