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Doctoral Research: The African contemporary art scene

Stacey Kennedy’s AHRC-funded doctoral research explores the depth and vibrancy of the African contemporary art scene. It looks specifically at the women who work in this field, as curators, art fair directors, gallery owners or managers, art practitioners, art historians and scholars. With the contemporary world notoriously dominated by the white western male, Stacey’s PhD research aims understand more about how the woman of the African art scene influence, network and build productive relationships.

To further her research, Stacey attended all three editions of ‘The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair’. The fair is a pivotal setting in which the art work and ideas Stacey’s research focuses upon were presented for debate and enjoyment by the public. 43 leading galleries from countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America brought the work of 130 artists from Africa and its diasporas to London, New York, and Marrakech.

Stacey is based at the University of Birmingham and she is funded by the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

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  • Image of The 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fair took place at London's Somerset House in October 2018, welcoming 18,000 visitors.
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  • Image of Ibrahim El-Salahi's Meditation Tree featured in the courtyard of Somerset House for the 1-54 Art Fair.
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  • Image of Stacey views works by artist Ifeoma U.Anyaeji which are made using non-conventional materials such as discarded bottles and plastic bags.
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  • Image of Caroline Bendu Cooper - A prominent figure in the contemporary African art scene, founder of The Gallery of African Art which is dedicated to presenting the best of 20th-century and Contemporary Art from the African.region and its Diaspora.
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  • Image of Stacey Kennedy conducting research towards her PhD interviewing James Cohan, owner of the James Cohan Gallery in New York.
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  • Image of Stacey interviewing South African born artist Siwa Mgoboza.
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  • Image of Yasmine Berrada (right) is another prominent woman within the contemporary African art scene. Yasmin and her sister Myriem founded Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca) with the aim of developing the modern and contemporary art scenes in Morocco.
    Yasmine Berrada (right) is another prominent woman within the contemporary African art scene. Yasmin and her sister Myriem founded Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca) with the aim of developing the modern and contemporary art scenes in Morocco. about Yasmine Berrada (right) is another prominent woman within the contemporary African art scene. Yasmin and her sister Myriem founded Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca) with the aim of developing the modern and contemporary art scenes in Morocco.
  • Image of Stacey viewing art by German born Marion Boehm.
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  • Image of Image features art work by Nu Barreto and was taken at the 1-54 art fair, Marrakech edition
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  • Image of Stacey with artist Yinka Shonibare CBE.
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  • Image of Artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji in front of her art work 'The current just snatched us' 2018.
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  • Image of Detail of an art work by Nigerian artist Peju Alatise.
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