Category Archives: Art Fair


WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce its participation in VOTLA NY 2017 with a solo presentation by artist Mohau Modisakeng (Booth B09).

In Modisakeng’s work the personal is political. Informed by his experience as a young boy in Soweto at the cross-roads of a violent political transition, Modisakeng uses memory as a portal between past and present to explore themes of history, body and place within the post – apartheid context. His photography, films, performance and installation attempt to unpack the legacy of inequality, capital, labour and the extraction of mineral wealth in contemporary South Africa.

Modisakeng’s oeuvre represents a poignant moment of grieving, catharsis and critical response to the historical legacy of exploitation and current lived experience of many black South Africans. Through his work Modisakeng critically engages with the complex mechanisms of violence, power and subjugation as propagated and to some extent internalized through the course of the successive colonial, apartheid and post apartheid regimes.

VOLTA NY 2017 is taking place from 1 – 5 March at Pier 90, West 50th Street at 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

Wednesday, March 1
VIP + Public Vernissage
7 – 10 pm

Public Hours
Thursday – Saturday, March 2 – 4
12 – 8 pm
Sunday, March 5
12 – 5 pm

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WHATIFTHEWORLD at Joburg Art Fair 2016

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce its participation in the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair with a group presentation by artists Sanell Aggenbach, Mohau Modisakeng, John Murray, Simphiwe Ndzube, Athi-Patra Ruga, Rowan Smith, Ruby Swinney and Moffat Takadiwa (Booth 76).

The Joburg Art Fair is taking place from 9 – 11 September in the Sandton Convention Centre. Opening times are as follows:

Friday: 12h00 – 20h00
Saturday: 10h00 – 18h00
Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00

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WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce its participation at Art Dubai 2015 from 18 – 21 March at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai (Booth J6). The gallery will be presenting new work by John Murray, Cameron Platter, Athi-Patra Ruga, and Lyndi Sales.

Taking place each year in March, Art Dubai presents a select yet diverse line-up of around 90 galleries from the UAE and around the world, across three programmes: Contemporary; Modern, devoted to masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and Marker, a curated section of artspaces that focuses each year on a particular theme or geography.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce its participation at the 2015 VOLTA New York from 5 – 8 March at Pier 90 in New York (Booth B11). The gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of new work by Michael Taylor.

VOLTA NY is a platform for challenging, often complementary — and sometimes competing — ideas about contemporary art. Single-artist booths functioning more closely to proper exhibitions rather than traditional presentations proliferate the contemporary fair scene now. VOLTA NY has made solo projects its mandate and foundation from its inception in 2008, offering a prime opportunity to discover the practices of today’s most salient artists while refocusing the art fair experience back to its most fundamental point: the art itself.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce its participation at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair from 16-19 October at Somerset House in London (Booth G-16). The gallery will be presenting new work specifically commissioned for 1:54 by artists Dan Halter, John Murray, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cameron Platter and Lakin Ogunbanwo.

1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience. 1:54 is initiated by market developer Touria El Glaoui under the auspice of Art Africa Ltd. Designed by Rashid-Ali / RA Projects, 1:54 will be held at Somerset House, a historic building and major cultural arts centre in the heart of London.

Please click here for further information about the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

WHATIFTHEWORLD at Volta 10 Basel

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present new work by Athi-Patra Ruga, Cameron Platter and Dan Halter at booth B2 at VOLTA10 in Basel, Switzerland from 16 to 21 June.
VOLTA is Basel’s renowned platform for presenting the vision of contemporary art galleries of global prestige whose artists represent new and relevant positions for curators and collectors alike.
Conceived to bridge a gap between Basel’s pre-existing fairs, VOLTA showcases galleries – whether young or mature – that choose to work with the most exciting emerging artists. These galleries must keep deeply meaningful connections with their artists and follow them throughout their careers. In turn, select galleries exhibit in the airy rotunda surroundings of Basel’s Markthalle, elevating their own platforms for an experience mutually beneficial to fair visitors and the galleries alike.
For further information on VOLTA10, please click here.
After the participation at VOLTA10 in Basel, Switzerland from 16 to 21 June, WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce the very successful outcome with almost all of Athi-Patra Ruga’s works being sold. Ruga’s solo representation at VOLTA10 also received international museum exhibition interest, including a private foundation in New York.
For further information, please read this article
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt), and Friedrich Loock (Berlin).
A full list of exhibitors can be viewed below or on their website