The inaugural Joburg Art Fair ran from March 13–16, 2008 and was held in the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. It was the world’s first contemporary art fair devoted exclusively to art from Africa and the single largest commercial collection of African and South African contemporary art. The fair included 22 galleries from Africa, Europe and North America that showed works made predominantly by artists from the continent; there were also public talks and an exhibition curated by Simon Njami called As You Like It.
The participating galleries included: Goodman Gallery, Everard Read Gallery, David Krut, Warren Siebrits, Art on Paper, Rooke Gallery, Gallery MOMO, Art Extra (all in Johannesburg), Joao Ferreira Gallery, Michael Stevenson, SMAC, Whatiftheworld, Bell Roberts (all in Cape Town & Stellenbosch South Africa), also the Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), L’Appartement 22 (Rabat), ASNI Gallery (Addis Abbaba), Gallery Ames d’Afrique (Strasbourg) Jack Shainman, Perry Rubenstein (both in NYC), and the October Gallery (London).
The director of the Townhouse Gallery and I as associate curator of the institution represented the artists Susan Hefuna (untitled textile works), Iman Issa (photography series Making Places), and Nermine Hammam (from the Escaton series).