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2015 Gerard Sekoto Award Winner Announced

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South Africa's most prestigious art award, the ABSA L'Atelier Art Awards, pays homage to both established and emerging young local artists and their compelling artistic vision. The 2015 ABSA L'Atelier Award Winners were announced on 15 July 2015.

 

Kai Lossgott (Pretoria, South Africa) walked away with top honours as winner of the overall award and main Barclays L'Atelier prize for his video installation Small and common matters,while Natalie Moore (Johannesburg) was awarded the Gerard Sekoto Award for her photographic triptych Once upon a time Jozi.
The 3 Merit Award winners were Kweku Ampadu Appah (Ghana) for his mixed media piece, Worn out family; Nina Kruger (Pretoria, South Africa) for her wood installation entitled Those forgotten; and Nelmarie du Preez (Pretoria, South Africa) for her piece To stab, a single-channel video with sound.

 

Gerard Sekoto winner

A designer with a particular leaning towards the field of architecture, Gerard Sekoto winner Natalie Moore is currently completing a BA (Architecture) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Her photographic triptych Once upon a time Jozi is both a light hearted and didactic exploration of the generic fairytale within the African context. It takes a look at the archetypal mould of the world stage, by forcing Africa into that mould. The incongruence of the realism of the photographic medium and the whimsy of the fairytale also come into play, spotlighting the starkness of real life.

 

As part of her prize, Natalie wins a three-month artistic residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, allowing her to explore a new artistic scene and create an exhibition which will tour within the French cultural network in Southern Africa.

 

With the support of the French Institute of South Africa in collaboration with ABSA, SANAVA, the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French cultural network of Alliances Française in Southern Africa.

 

Previous Gerard Sekoto Award Winners include: 2014 Mbavhalelo Nekhavhambe 2013 Mongezi Ncaphayi, 2012 Bambo SIBIYA, 2011 Isabel MERTZ, 2010 Bongumenzi NGOBESE; 2009 Nyaniso LINDI; 2008 Retha FERGUSON; 2007 Nina BARNETT; 2006 Nomusa MAKHUBU; 2005 Lawrence LEMOANA; 2004 Billie ZANGEWA.

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