The Mauritius International Art Fair (MIAF) is back for its 3rd edition, to be held from September 27 to 30 this year at Vivéa Business Park, Moka Smart City. This initiative will be made possible thanks to the collaboration of Moka Smart City, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Bank of AfrAsia and Phoenix Beve- rages Group.
This year’s theme, “Embracing Our Past – Enlightening Our Future”, resonates as a harmonious ode to diversity and inclusivity, underlined by the twin pillars of recognition and innovation. For this major international art festival, over 100 artists from regional and international countries, as well as local artists, will be invited to participate, fostering an enriching cultural exchange. MIAF is made possible by ZeeArts Ltd, based in Dubai and Mauritius, with MIAF founder and initiator Zaahirah Muthy. MIAF will focus on four key areas, including an international art exhibition with the opening scheduled for September 27, open to the public from September 28 to 30. Next, the Conference on ‘Harnessing Art as an Investment to Catalyze Creative Ecosystem Transformation’ will take place on September 28, followed by a cultural tour with participating artists and invited panelists at the House of Digital Art in Edith, Port-Louis on September 29. Another important event of the festival, ‘Tribute to our late Artists’, will take place at the Maison Eureka in Moka during the evening of September 29, to pay tribute to artists who are no longer with us, such as Roger Charoux, Said Hossanee, Tristan Bréville and Vaco Baissac. This commemoration will be carried out in collaboration with the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) thanks to a mini-documentary featuring the works of these illustrious artists, which will be launched on the day of the ‘Tribute to our late Artists’ event at Maison Eureka.
At the heart of the event is a conference on ‘Harnessing Art as an Investment to Catalyze Creative Ecosystem Trans- formation’. It is with great pride that ZeeArts invites Christie’s, a world leader in art and luxury, renowned for its live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, to participate in this event for the first time. Meagan Kelly Horsman, Managing Director of Christie’s, will be the guest of honor at MIAF 2023 and will take part in the conference by sharing her expertise. The conference aims to merge art and investment, exploring how these fields intertwine to shape the evolution of creative ecosys- tems. The themes of this day of discussion and reflection will be “Trans- formative Investments: The Artistic Catalyst for Ecosystem Evolution,” “Curating Wealth: The Mas- tery of Art Collection,” and “Navigating Sustainable Investments : Exploring the SDGs through arts.”
Thus, the 3rd edition of the MIAF wants to move forward with the motto ‘Accessibility and Appreciation for Arts’. Zaahirah Muthy firmly believes that art is a universal language for connecting people and being a catalyst for social change. See you on September 27, 28, 29 and 30 for more artistic and cultural synergy.