Founded in 2008, WHATIFTHEWORLD is a recognised contemporary art gallery both within South Africa and internationally. Part question, part purpose and part statement, their name anticipates the gallery’s program: a host of ambitious projects that promote curiosity and thought. With a strong focus on Africa and the African diaspora, the gallery represents influential artists who engage with global and local contemporary art and socio-political contexts. The gallery is dedicated to showing resolute solo projects and multi-disciplinary installations, with an interest in creating an environment that allows artists the freedom to create significant exhibitions.
WHATIFTHEWORLD regularly participates in art fairs, including Armory Show, 1-54, and Untitled. Gallery artists have exhibited in major exhibitions and biennials including the 57th and 55th Venice Biennial; The Havana Biennial, Cuba; Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Guangzhou Triennial Guangzhou, China; Le Biennial de Dakar, Senegal as well as exhibitions hosted at prestigious venues such at the Center Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC; SFMOMA San Francisco and MOMA, New York; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Tate Modern, London and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.