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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

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