Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey does recycling of a different kind. Bright yellow tapestries made of old plastic oil containers adorn his exhibition space.
“Cooking oil is imported in these containers from Europe or the US to Africa,” he said. These are later used for transporting water, until they crack and have to be discarded.
He said his work explored the environmental hazard these containers become, but also the way migration changes the value of objects – which, in Clottey’s case, amounts to a respectable $18 000 (R235 000) to $25 000 per tapestry.
Although the fair hadn’t officially opened by Thursday night, an American-based collector already declared he would be buying the lot.
Nigerian-born Marcia Kure was another notable artist on exhibit through Bloom Art Lagos gallery with a series of collages dubbed Of Saints and Vagabonds, and, facing it, the Grey Series, which was a series of private visual notes to herself while creating the collages.
“The marks in that reflect in the collages, such as the calligraphic marks made on the body. In these paintings, I was trying to resolve issues, whether it be a crisis at home or the kidnapping of the Chibok girls,” she said.
Other memorable stars of the show include Mary Sibande, whose work has hanging purple octopuses and black rocking horses, Katharine de Villiers, with her human car wash that you can actually walk into (because doesn’t everyone have a secret desire to be a car in a car wash?) and Michael Linders’ one-person jumping castle.
Despite all the wacky, none of these managed to come close to Zuma’s fire pool.
UPCYCLING Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey’s work sold out to a US collector before the fair even officially opened A VERITABLE FEAST The trio of curries – butter chicken, bean and prawn
ART ROCK STARS Jay Pather, a South African curator and director who was recently awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, alongside Philippe Olza and Paul Birchall
PAPER CHASE Soweto-based artist John Vusi Mfupi uses magazines, newspaper and other paper to create his stunning collages