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2017 Barclays L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award for Banele Khoza

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On the 13 September 2017 at the ABSA Art Gallery, winners were announced and South African Banele Khoza has won the Gerard Sekoto Award 2017, a three months' residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and french lessons at the Alliance Française for his work entitled "Note Making".

 

IFAS, the French Embassy and the Alliance Française, have been sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto award for the most promising South African artist. One of our first collaboration started all the way back in 2004. 

We strongly support this award as every year a young talented South African artist benefit from an exquisite opportunity to expand his/her horizons and gain greater exposure, by giving winners the opportunity to have an artistic residency of three months at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.

The work is then presented in Southern Africa, through touring exhibitions in the Alliance Française and partnering galleries.

With our partners Barclays ABSA, SANAVA and the Alliance Française we have supported the award-winning artists, enabling them to disseminate their work throughout the country and internationally and this has been our ultimate mission over the years. IFAS wants to create a true dialogue between France and South Africa, and as you know, artists speak a common creativity that goes much further than just languages.

This collaboration has also a significant history to us as Gerard Sekoto spent 40 odd years in France in exile from Apartheid. He was a painter as well as a self-taught pianist, a musician and composer. He is regarded as one of the iconic artist ever emerge in South Africa and which is why he was awarded Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture shortly before his death.

 

Banele Khoza:

Khoza (b.1994) obtained his National Diploma in FA from the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. In 2015 and 2016 he was a top 100 finalist in the L'Atelier competition.

 

Description of "Note Making":

Traditionally, note making has been done with pen on paper. With the development of technology the process is steadily changing – over the past years I have owned a tablet that responds to a stylus and has enabled note making that resembles traditional tools. The tablet enables one to sketch at any time of the day, and declutters the working space. Within the notes, I question representations of what it is to be a male in South Africa and also in a broader context. Male nudity and vulnerability is still something that isn't vastly portrayed in media today and, with this body of work, I have allowed myself to be vulnerable by expressing my thoughts and feelings, which are easily decipherable to a patient eye. The gaze shifts to the male body and raises issues around heteronormative representations of masculinity in portraiture.

 

 

 

Previous Gerard Sekoto award winners: Matete Motubatse (2016), Natalie Moore (2015), Mbavhalelo Nekhavhambe (2014), Mongezi Ncaphayi (2013), Bambo Sibiya (2012), Isabel Mertz (2011), Bongumenzi Ngobese (2010), Nyaniso Lindi (2009), Retha Ferguson (2008), Nina Barnett (2007), Nomusa Makhubu (2006), Lawrence Lemoana (2005) and Billie Zangewa (2004).

 

 

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