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2016 Barclays L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising South African artist –The Winner was announced

Winner announced

From left: Gerard Sekoto winner Matete Motubatse, Charlotte Montel (First counsellor of the Embassy of France), Marion Claudel ( Culturel Attaché /Deputy Director of IFAS ) & Jean Bourdin (Director Alliance Francaise Johannesburg)

 

On the 13 July 2016 at the ABSA Art Gallery winners were announced and South African Matete Motubatse from Cape Town has won the Gerard Sekoto Award 2016 and a three months’ residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts for his video Moya.

 

In Motubatse’s video Moya, his character attempts to blow a physical obstacle – a black plastic bag – off his head simply by using his breath. The word ‘breath’ in Sepedi translates to ‘Moya’ which, in turn, can either mean ‘breath’, ‘air’, ‘spirit’ and/or ‘soul’ – all non-physical forms. The film symbolises 'ntwa ya moya'; that is, an intense celestial battle of non-physical forces.

 

For over a decade the Embassy of France, IFAS and the Alliance Française network, have been sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto award for the most promising South African artist. Every year a young talented South African artist benefits from the 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. Their work is then presented in Southern Africa, through touring exhibitions in the Alliance Française network and partnering galleries. With our partners Barclays ABSA, SANAVA and the Alliance Française we have supported the artists, enabling them to disseminate their work throughout the country and internationally and this has been our ultimate mission over the years.

 

The rest of the 2016 Barclays L’Atelier top ten finalists includes Jackie Karuti of Kenya for her photographic triptych I can’t wait to see you; South African Thandiwe Msebenzi of Cape Town for her photographic work Kwazi Kubenini; South African Sethembile Msezane of Cape Town for the photographic piece Chapungu – The Day Rhodes Fell; South African Asemahle Ntlonti of Cape Town for the sculpture Living Sacrifice; and South African Muntu Vilakazi of Johannesburg for the photographic work Mass Therapy: 2015.

 

These winning works, along with the rest of the top 100 works, can be viewed in the competition’s first-ever virtual exhibition hosted on www.lateliercompetition.com

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