2015 Gerard Sekoto Award winner announced [fr]
The winners of the prestigious 2015 Barclays L’Atelier, the contemporary art competition, that rewards visual artists with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop their talents abroad, were announced on July 15.
Natalie Moore from Johannesburg was awarded the Gerard Sekoto Award, sponsored by Alliance Française, for the most promising artist with an annual income of less than R60 000 for her photographic triptych Once upon a time in Jozi.
As part of the Gerard Sekoto Award, Moore wins a three-month art residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which includes return airfare, a stipend and a travelling exhibition in South Africa.
Moore’s photographic triptych Once upon a time in 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.
The first image is indicative of the Princess and the Pea fairytale, which is merged with a creature from African folklore, namely the Tokolosh. The remaining two works the artist has left the interpretation thereof to the viewer.
- 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 and 2004 Billie Zangewa.