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SA artist Mongezi Ncaphayi in Paris for artistic residency

2013 Gerard Sekoto Award Winner, Mongezi Ncaphayi, in France for a three-month creative residency
3 October – 29 December 2014

Mongezi Ncaphayi courtesy mg
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South African artist Mongezi Ncaphayi will be spending three months at the Cité Internationale des Arts as part of the Gerard Sekoto Award. Given to a promising artist with an annual income of less than R60 000, the prize include a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, as well as a tour of the new exhibition in the Alliance française network in South Africa and Lesotho.

He received the 2013 Gerard Sekoto Award for his print-work titled Migrant Worker's Hostel. His work focuses on the migration of, and first establishments of 'urban' settlements for, black labourers, especially the mine workers. This stems from the artist growing up in what used to be a mining town, and his fascination with the history of migration. The work commemorates those who died in the townships between 1990 and 1994, as such these hostels are perceived as living monuments.

Mongezi says "I have always worked with the theme of migration. But before, my work used to be more representational. After receiving an exchange grant to go to the United States, I went to Boston to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I got there and people were doing very abstract works. It was kind of like: "I'm home — this is what I want to do."

Read more here (Interview with Mongezi Ncaphayi by Matthew Krouse (M&G)

Video about his work here 

More about Mongezi Ncaphayi

Ncaphayi was born in 1983 and graduated with a Diploma in Art and Design from Ekurhuleni East College, as well as a certificate from Artist Proof Studio. Ncaphayi's work explores issues of politics, power, gender and social atrocities that govern daily lives. It is also an unearthing of a collective history of a people displaced from the homelands into an urban system and landscape, thus raising issues of colonisation of the individual: physically and psychologically; and the simulation of other cultures imposed. The area of focus is generation gaps; personal relationships; the inheritance of our countries' history and the significance of roles of male and female in our society, comparing between the past and present.

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More about the Gerard Sekoto Award

The Gerard Sekoto Award has been running since 2004 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 Françaises in Southern Africa. 

Given to a promising artist with an annual income of less than R60 000, the prize include a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, as well as a tour of the new exhibition in the Alliance française network in South Africa and Lesotho.

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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