This Week in African Artwork and Tradition (March 27 – April 2, 2022) – Sugarcane Journal ™

Above: Stacey Ravero | Ladi Kwali | Acrylic on Canvas | 2022


This week in African artwork and tradition, we carry vibrant information from totally different sectors within the modern African artwork area. In Lagos, Nigeria, a brand new solo exhibition exploring themes of womanhood opens this weekend. A South African artist is the recipient of the 2022 Foam Award. A brand new crop of mentees from 9 African nations has been introduced by the Prince Claus Fund to reimagine the way forward for their cities by means of design and artistic problem-solving concepts. The Nationwide Gallery of Zimbabwe has appointed a brand new curator, and a Zambian artist is the winner of the 2022 Henrike Grohs Award, with artists from Ghana and Nigeria as runners-up …

June Inventive Artwork Company Presents Stacey Ravvero’s Golden Age of Icons at No Parking, Lagos

June Inventive Artwork Advisory (JCAA) has introduced the opening of Stacey Ravvero’s solo exhibition titled Golden Age of Icons at No Parking Lagos.

Commencing this weekend, Golden Age of Icons, which options her latest and new works, examines broad themes of womanhood, the dignity of labor, gender, spirituality, and nature and showcases the documentation and artistic technique of this exhibition.

A lot of Ravvero’s work is impressed by the human expertise because it pertains to socio-political points. Centered on ladies and the work that they do, this exhibition shows works that embody a full spectrum of media, together with metallic sculptures, drawings, poetry, video, cease movement and works on canvas.

“I’ve been pondering rather a lot concerning the erasure of girls within the arts and to confront that, I wish to transfer away from the notion of a feminine solely rhetoric, which I feel isolates and places ladies, once more, within the periphery,” Stacey Ravvero mentioned.

With documentation being a key a part of Ravvero’s inventive course of, she was led to the works of many ladies who wouldn’t be identified extensively within the inventive canon, by means of her in depth analysis. Many influential artists, corresponding to Woman Constance Afiong Ekong, Mama Nike Davies Okundaye, Woman Ladi Kwali, Woman Clara Etso Ugbodaga-Ngu, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Sir Oliver Enwonwu, who’ve had such a significant impression on artwork historical past and her inventive trajectory, have all been paid homage by means of six of the work on canvas. 

Whereas her focus is totally on ladies, she additionally has included males who’ve been crucial. For Ravvero, it’s crucial that we transfer past the binary of our gender and deal with the work created—the fabric and artistic course of. Some eight work pay tribute to ladies within the artist’s life and ladies sooner or later, for whom she holds sacred area whereas immortalizing them in historical past. The Psalm of Stacey paperwork Ravvero as a scribe pouring her coronary heart out in poetry, and parts of the poem are embedded within the portray.

Strains, shade, types and phrases have a profound synergy, from fluid mark-making to phrases permeating the areas that strains occupy. “I discover myself deeper within the areas that open, every time my thoughts dances with the medium I select to specific thought in,” mentioned Stacey Ravvero of her course of.

She imagines her present observe to be fluid and evolving, pushed by her want for experimentation, freedom and self-mastery. She explores and merges the boundaries between visible disciplines, which permits her the liberty to always take a look at the probabilities of materiality.

Opening this weekend, Golden Age of Icons will run from April 2-17, 2022.

South African Artist Lebohang Kganye Wins 2022 Foam Paul Huf Award

Above: Lebohang Kganye |Re shapa setepe sa lenyalo I | from the collection, Her Story | 2013 | Copyright the artist


Lebohang Kganye, from Johannesburg, is the sixteenth winner of the internationally famend Foam Paul Huf Award. A jury of 5 trade specialists selected this yr’s winner from about 100 nominees chosen by 23 nominators from 21 nations. 

Kganye’s work explores themes of private historical past and ancestry whereas resonating with the historical past of South Africa and apartheid. The jury mentioned of her work, “Upon reflecting on private narratives, reminiscence, household, loss, displacement and dislocation whereas questioning images’s indexicality as a marker of fact, Lebohang Kganye’s work impressed us for its readability of imaginative and prescient, complexity and ambition.”

Spanning images, collage, movie, set up and sculpture, Kganye’s performative and visually refined work attracts on each household and collective archives to make clear the fabricated nature of historical past and reminiscence.

The jury of 2022 comprised Alona Pardo (chair, curator at Barbican Artwork Gallery, United Kingdom), Oscar Muñoz (visible artist and founding father of Lugar a Dudas, Colombia), Oluremi Onabanjo (affiliate curator, Museum of Fashionable Artwork (MoMA), New York), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (chief curator, Finnish Museum of Pictures and inventive director and co-founder of the Competition of Political Pictures, Finland) Demet Yıldız Dinçer (images division supervisor, Istanbul Fashionable, Turkey).

Kganye mentioned, “The award comes at a second the place I’ve such a distinct relationship with my artmaking. I acknowledge how the tales are centered on therapeutic. I’m grateful that the therapeutic isn’t just for me. My private visible language has modified, and materiality and oral histories are on the heart. The choice of work speaks to how I’m pondering by means of my observe and the connections I’m making.”

The annual Foam Paul Huf Award, launched in 2007, is an annual prize awarded to a generational expertise that has created an unbiased physique of labor that demonstrates a private visible language and elegance. The award is open to photographers working in all photographic genres, together with documentary utilized, journalistic and vogue images. It is also required that the artist have lower than 20 years of inventive observe and have gained nationwide or worldwide recognition by means of at the least one exhibition and/or publication.

Because the winner of the prize, Kganye receives a money prize of € 20.000 (U.S. $22,104) and a solo exhibition at Foam. The exhibition can be developed with a Foam curator aiming to indicate an outline of the artist’s most up-to-date physique of labor. 

Prince Claus Fund Declares Mentees for its Mentorship Program, Constructing Past

Prince Claus Fund has revealed the 12 artists to be mentored at this yr’s Constructing Past academic mentorship program. These mentees will reimagine the way forward for their cities by means of design and artistic problem-solving concepts.

Chosen from 9 African nations, these creatives work in a variety of design fields, together with structure, urbanism, digital design, visible arts, images, analysis and efficiency. In Constructing Past,  they are going to work on initiatives that re-imagine the way forward for public area, group and performance in their very own contexts inside their rising continent. 

These practitioners can be guided by 4 mentors who’re consultants in structure, artwork and design. They’re Ola Hassanain, architect, anthropologist and tech entrepreneur from Sudan; Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, architectural researcher, designer and performer from Togo; Khensani de Klerk, clothier and artist from South Africa and Selly Raby Kane from Senegal. 

Constructing Past is another academic program that goals to foster thought management, promote criticality, and reframe design-based practices. This system goals to contribute to an ongoing dialog on how inventive practices rooted in locality and group can result in new views and promote transformative city agendas that change how we inhabit our world.

The mentees chosen are Flavia Gwiza (architect and urbanist from Rwanda),  Hana Tefrati (choreographer, performer, visible artist and curator from Morocco), Russel Hlongwane (cultural producer and artistic industries marketing consultant from South Africa), Ikram Hamdi Mansour (an eco-architect and cultural venture supervisor from Algeria), Inam Kula (architect and activist from South Africa), Katesi Jacqueline Kalange (visible artist from Uganda), Kwasi Darko (photographer, digital artist and curator from Ghana), Nifemi Marcus-Bello (industrial designer from Nigeria), Salma Belal (architect and urbanist from Egypt), Youssef El Idrissi (self-taught artist, researcher and cultural employee from Morocco), Mohamed Sirra (artist, designer and researcher from Morocco) and Yishak Teklegiorgis (architect from Ethiopia).

By varied schemes and open calls, the Fund’s Internationalization program goals to advertise worldwide alternate and collaboration with the Dutch inventive trade. One particular element is the worldwide program, Inclusive Cities and Societies by means of Design, by means of which the Fund stimulates the contribution of design to the Sustainable Improvement Targets.

Fadzai Muchenwa Appointed Curator of the Nationwide Gallery of Zimbabwe

Above: Fadzai Muchenwa


The Nationwide Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) lately appointed researcher, author and curator Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa as its curator for modern artwork.

Government Director Raphael Chikukwa mentioned that the arrival of Muchemwa on the gallery launches a brand new chapter within the Zimbabwean arts sector. “I welcome Fadzai to the Nationwide Gallery of Zimbabwe household, and it’s my hope that she will add worth to our establishment, each domestically and globally,” he mentioned. “Her (Muchemwa’s) analysis explores notions of care in inventive observe, nationwide archival information, social justice, histories of cities, topographies of data manufacturing and websites of transition.”

This new place has been created with a purpose to streamline the gallery’s curatorial actions throughout its three branches and its repeatedly increasing community.

Muchemwa previously served as curator for training and public programming on the NGZ from 2017-2020 and assistant curator from 2016- 2017, the place she co-curated Moulding a Nation: The Historical past of the Ceramics Assortment of Nationwide Gallery of Zimbabwe (2018-2019), Dis(color)ed Margins (2017), Tradition in Communities (2016), and Jazzified: Expressions of Protest (2016). Just lately, she was a researcher with the Arts of Africa and World South program within the high-quality arts division at Rhodes College and a author and curator working between Grahamstown, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe.

She curated The Unseen: Creatures of Fantasy and Legend, an exhibition of artworks by Isaac Kalambata on the Lusaka Nationwide Museum in July 2017. As visiting curator on the Bag Manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, Muchemwa produced the publication, Curating Johannesburg: Stressed, Below Siege/in Transition in 2019.

Muchemwa is a 2017 fellow of the Worldwide Coaching Program on the British Museum, which can be a collaborator for Unbiased Curators Worldwide and the Zimbabwe Pavilion on the Worldwide Artwork Exhibition in Venice. She is a founding member of the Apply Idea Collective.

Zambian Artist Gladys Kalichini Wins 2022 Henrike Grohs Artwork Award

Above: Gladys Kalichini

Gladys Kalichini (Zambia) is the third recipient of the Henrike Grohs Artwork Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and Grohs household. She can be awarded a €20,000 (U.S. $22,104) money prize and €10,000 (U.S. $11,052) in the direction of the publication of her work. Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi (Ghana) and Temitayo Ogunbiyi (Nigeria) have been chosen as runners-up for the award and can every obtain a money prize of €5,000 (U.S. $5,526).

The jury, Ugochukwu-Clean C. Nzewi, Serubiri Moses and Princess Marilyn Douala Manga Bell, mentioned Kalichini was chosen for her multidisciplinary research-based observe, which caught their consideration. 

“By video, sculpture, and set up, Kalichini affords a melancholic meditation on Zambia’s colonial and postcolonial histories, addressing such themes as trauma and demise,” the judges mentioned. “Her method to the archive as an area of enunciation shines a crucial mild on acts of omission or erasure of girls’s contributions to Zambia’s political historical past, and her ethnography on the areas occupied by ladies in modern Zambia is an excellent contribution. 

“The award will spur Gladys to proceed to push her exacting and boundary-defying observe in fascinating instructions and will function a spark in energizing the artwork scene in her dwelling nation of Zambia.”

Johannes Ebert, secretary-general of the Goethe-Institut, mentioned, “The prize highlights and acknowledges the truth that working circumstances for aspiring skilled artists do the truth is symbolize a problem. That is all of the extra true throughout a world pandemic that itself hampers alternate and networking throughout the continent. On the similar time, it additionally limits the worldwide visibility that’s so essential for artists. The prize affords simply such visibility to rising abilities, and creates a platform to showcase the variety of up to date African artwork.”

Gladys Kalichini is a recent visible artist and researcher from Lusaka, Zambia. Her work facilities round notions of erasure, reminiscence, and representations and visibilities of girls in colonial resistance histories.

Compiled by Roli O’tsemaye


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