Gerard Sekoto award winner 2016 : Matete Motubatse
On Wednesday 13 July 2016 First Counsellor of the Embassy of France in South Africa, Ms Charlotte Montel, attended the 2016 Barclays L’Atelier art awards in Johannesburg.
For the past 13 years the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute and the Alliance Française network, in partnership with Absa, and the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) have sponsored the Gerard Sekoto award at the annual Barclays L’Atelier awards.
The award is offered to the most promising South African artist with an income of less than R60 000 per year.
South African artist Gerard Sekoto (1913-1993) spent 40 years in France in voluntary exile from Apartheid. He was a painter, self-taught pianist, musician and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconic South African artists and was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture shortly before his death.
Matete Motubatse was announced the winner for his video entitled "Moya".
Motubatse (25) will receive French lessons through the Alliance Française, a three-month residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and a solo exhibition in the Alliance Française network in South Africa and its partnering galleries.
Said Ms Montel : “We support this award because every year a young talented South African artist benefits from an amazing opportunity to expand his or her horizons and gain greater exposure”.
Previous Gerard Sekoto award winners : 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) ; Billie Zangewa (2004).
- Read Ms Montel’s speech here.