Moniker Art Fair returned to London, following its international debut in New York (covered here). Following an acclaimed success of Moniker Art Fair’s international debut this May, which saw a highly curated collection of urban contemporary artists and galleries from across the globe arrive in Brooklyn, NYC, Moniker returned to London’s Old Truman Brewery for its 10th edition.
Visitors to the New York fair were fascinated by Moniker’s unique style with handpicked artistic pioneers and incredible experiences such as the giant mechanical Zoetrope created by scene legend INSA.
As the world’s largest urban art fair, Moniker returned to its London stomping ground having achieved breaking sales and audience records in 2017. Stepping up ambitions to take on bigger challenges and projects, the fair focused on refining the curated element that has been responsible for winning over longstanding collectors and curious browsers for a decade.
This year saw Moniker Art Fair reducing the number of galleries exhibiting from forty to thirty, allowing more room for the very best of the burgeoning scene to create bespoke, immersive and interactive spaces. For the first time the fair operated on an invitation only basis. Veteran artists were given room to build open studios alongside themed group shows exhibited by both major and emerging galleries.
Covered here, Kaspersky Lab has brought together renowned British street artist and speed-lover D*Face and DS Virgin Racing Team, unveiling the world’s first Formula E art car and racing drivers helmets. The collaboration is the next step of our ‘SAVE THE WORLD’ project. The work was displayed at the Moniker Art Fair.
Fair Director of Moniker Art Fair, Tina Ziegler, comments, We’re dropping open calls this year to make sure we focus on what we know our collectors want: a fully curated event that has kept its eye on the market throughout the year, presenting the very best work via artist led spaces, bespoke stands created by renowned galleries and an event that sits as a part of the scene rather than a casual observer. ‘Art fair’ is almost too limiting a term now: we’re a community space, a festival of a kind, that’s challenging definitions of art and its presentation within the market. That’s why, to me at least, an ‘uncensored’ event is the only way of allowing people truly into the scene and to give understanding of the people creating within in it.
The fair continuedto expand across multiple touch points in keeping with the ventures within the worlds of films, talks programmes, community collaborative events and exclusive music performances that have been warmly received over the past two editions.
Moniker’s tenth edition themed ‘uncensored’ will see those artist and gallery spaces working to curate experiences that exceed tradition, expectation or propriety. Allowing the urban contemporary scene to be itself means breaking free of the trappings of the market as it currently exists, providing a platform for voices that are trying to bring about change. Without censorship, the scene can finally be heard, and welcome more people inside.
Ann J Lewis and her installation “…and counting (Syria)” – Part of UNCENSORED installation hall with Urban Nation Berlin. Lewis’s installation is reflective upon the destruction of young lives from the Syrian conflict. Lewis hung 25 pairs of porcelain baby shoes to represent the number of children expected to loose their lives during the course of Moniker Art Fair.