25 Years!What a milestone!This is how old the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is –truly something to be proud of and to cel...
The Absa L’AtelierAwardThe Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is presented annuallyby Absa in conjunction with SANAVA (South A...
In a country where support of the arts is not the norm, thisyear’s Absa L’Atelier slogan: ‘creativity takes courage’ ismos...
Absa L’Atelier Competition, 2010: ‘Thank you andcongratulations!’On this auspicious occasion, the celebrationof the 25th a...
Gerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993)Sekoto was born at Botshabelo near Middelburgin the former Transvaal on 9 December 1913. Hisear...
1986 WinnerPenny SiopisA year after Siopis walked away with theMerit Award at the prestigious Cape TownTriennial, she won ...
Clive van den BergAfter having taught as Lecturer and Senior Lecturerat the Department of Fine Arts at the Universityof th...
1988 WinnerDiane VictorSoon after she completed her degree in Fine Arts atthe University of the Witwatersrand in 1986 wher...
Hennie StroebelStroebel completed his Higher Diploma in FineArts in 1985 at the former Natal Technikon. Heis renowned for ...
Barend de WetDuring the nineties, Barend de Wet was aprominent figure in the South African artisticarena winning awards fo...
Virginia MacKennyMacKenny has been in the teaching professionfor well over twenty three years, first at theDurban Institut...
Paul EdmundsEdmunds received the Volkskas Bank AtelierCompetition in the year after he received his BAFine Arts degree in ...
Dominic ThorburnThorburn was promoted to Professor andhead of the Graphic Section and Director ofthe Fine Line Press & Pri...
Jonathan Comerford1994 WinnerRiding the South EasterComerford, who completed his studies at theRuth Prowse School of Art i...
Kevin RobertsKevin Roberts, who received his Higher Diplomain Fine Arts from the Technikon Pretoria in 1990,launched his c...
Nkosinathi Khanyile1996 WinnerAmasiko Ma-Afrika AmasikoIn 1999 Khanyile was a nominee for the FNB VitaArt Now Prize as wel...
Ilse PahlSince winning the Volskas Bank Atelier Competition,Ilse Pahl’s work has been working in a variety ofmedia on sele...
Karl GietlGietl, who is a painter at heart, presentedhis first exhibition in 1994 after which hestarted exhibiting extensi...
Ryan ArensonArenson had his first solo exhibition in 1998 andhas been working as a full-time artist ever since.His work is...
Brad HammondHammond, who now lives and works inAustralia and who is internationally acclaimedfor his video and film art, h...
Stefanus RademeyerSince completing his six months’ residency atthe Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2002,Rademeyer...
Marco CianfanelliAfter graduating with distinction from theDepartment of Fine Arts at the University of theWitwatersrand, ...
2003 WinnerBleakAggenbach’s work was featured at the Joburg ArtFair in 2008 by the João Ferreira Gallery, whichshowcased h...
2004 WinnerConrad BotesBotes has been a frequent participant ingroup exhibitions as well as important soloexhibitions sinc...
Berco WilsenachAfter completing his formal studies at the Universityof Pretoria,Wilsenach has exhibited both locallyand in...
Ruth SacksBefore she launched into her career as an artist, RuthSacks taught as a part-time lecturer at the MichaelisSchoo...
Pierre FouchéSince being declared overall winnner of theAbsa L’Atelier Competition, Fouché presented asolo exhibition at t...
2008 WinnerJames WebbWebb comes from a totally diverse academicbackground having studied for a BA, majoring inDrama and Co...
Stephen Rosin2009 WinnerThe devil makes hisChristmas pie frompoliticians’ tonguesand bankers’ fingers(2008)Rosin, who is kn...
PretoriaReading colourMixed media installation200 cm x 200 cm x 200 cm3232
Merit AwardBellvilleDias-seriesPhotography(Triptych)a) 78 cm x 54,5 cmb) 78 cm x 54,5 cmc) 78 cm x 54,5 cm3333
PretoriaSkin disorderOil on canvas122 cm x 121 cmMerit Award3434
Merit AwardCollen MaswanganyiJohannesburgVoko ranawu ri lehile/Long arm of the lawWood and acrylic paint132 cm x 107 cm x ...
JohannesburgDie Judasbok/The Judas goatMixed media installation85 cm x 190 cm x 134 cmMerit Award3636
DurbanKwa-MamkhizeMixed media76,5 cm x 56,5 cm x 44,5 cm3737
1. Vincent Bezuidenhout 2. Abri de Swardt3. Sibusiso Duma 4. Philiswa Lila 5. Maja Marx3838
6. Collen Maswanganyi 7. Bongumenzi Ngobese8. Ilka van Schalkwyk9. Lyle van Schalkwyk 10. Hanje Whitehead3939
Antelme, Linda BirgitPretoriaLife-linesMixed media(Diptych)a) 190 cm x 73 cm x 84 cmProfile:Antelme was born in 1987 and i...
Arendse, GrantBellvilleBaptismDigital photography53 cm x 60 cmProfile:Arendse was born in 1988 and is currently studying B...
Bahmann, DirkJohannesburgLifetrace 12 (sectional reading)… elusiveand ephemeral Jozi…Mixed media166,5 cm x 89 cm x 32 cmPr...
Baker, Meredith AnnPretoriaBehind simple things you will find meMixed mediaProfile:Baker was born in 1987. She obtained a ...
Bezuidenhout, VincentBellvilleScorched earth policyPhotography77 cm x 113,5 cmProfile:Bezuidenhout was born in 1978. He stu...
Blignaut, Candice DawnBellvilleHere and there, now and thenMixed mediaProfile:Blignaut was born in Johannesburg in 1974.De...
Bosch, StevenJohannesurgTorchPhotographic printProfile:Bosch was born in 1978 and obtained a BA degree in Busi-ness Commun...
Bosman, Johan WolfaardtPolokwaneComposition 6 (girl)Acrylic on glassProfile:Bosman was born in 1987 and is currently study...
Bosman, Johan WolfaardtPolokwaneComposition 5 (dog)Acrylic on glassDescription of artwork:This artwork deals with the cont...
Brophy, John RobertJohannesburgThe trolleyMixed mediaProfile:Brophy was born in 1980 and completed his NSC at theNational ...
Burchell, JennaPretoriaStemInteractive installationProfile:Burchell was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity o...
Cachucho, Eduardo Filipe RodriguesJohannesburgCollections 1, 2 & 3Digital prints(Triptych)a) 59,4 cm x 60 cmb) 59,4 cm x 6...
Chauke, Phula RichardPolokwaneTo be angry is dangerousWood and paint(Diptych)a) 38 cm x 13 cm x 21 cmProfile:Chauke was bo...
Chorn, Genevieve SarahEast LondonTransfiguration: Sleeping figureMixed mediaProfile:Chorn was born in 1987 and studied BA(...
Coetzee, GerhardtPort ElizabethOpen space I & IIPhotography(Diptych)a) 69 cm x 95 cmProfile:Coetzee was born in 1983 and s...
Danca, Welcome S’phiweDurbanGod helps those who help themselvesAcrylic on canvasProfile:Danca was born in 1978 and obtaine...
De Jesus, Angela VieiraBloemfonteinRear windowVideo installationProfile:De Jesus was born in 1982. She studied BA(FA) as w...
De Kock, Margo JannekeBellvilleWholesomeDigital print5757
De Kock, Margo JannekeBellvilleBouquetDigital printProfile:De Kock was born in 1985 and studied BA VisualCommunication Des...
De Swardt, Abri StephanusBellvilleDias-seriesPhotography(Triptych)a) 78 cm x 54,5 cmb) 78 cm x 54,5 cmProfile:De Swardt wa...
De Villiers, KarlienBellvilleI met history onceMixed media installationProfile:De Villiers was born in 1975 and studied BA...
Duma, Sibusiso RobertDurbanI am dancing with my shadowAcrylic on canvasProfile:Duma was born in 1977 and is a self-taught ...
Duncan, Suzanne Elizabeth BeavanBellvilleDoilies IHuman hairProfile:Duncan was born in 1981 and studied BA(FA) at theMicha...
East, Anthony DavidBellvilleThe problem with being God these daysMixed mediaProfile:East was born in 1980 and studied BA(F...
Erasmus, BrendonPretoriaThe earth gives birth to her deadMixed mediaProfile:Erasmus was born in 1988 and studied for the N...
Erasmus, Marthinus Stephanus (Stephan)JohannesburgLand/SoundscapePaperProfile:Erasmus was born in 1976. He studied for the...
Erasmus, Nicole LaurenDurbanMemory boxMixed mediaProfile:Erasmus was born in 1986. She studied for the NationalDiploma in ...
Erasmus, Nicole LaurenDurbanEmbalmMixed mediaDescription of artwork:Erasmus has wrapped found objects in gauze, reminis-ce...
Foli, Jessica Philile MawuienaEast LondonSelf-portrait I & IIMixed mediaProfile:Foli was born in 1988 and is currently stu...
Fuller, St John James ZairPretoriaSwart gevaar trumpsMixed mediaProfile:Fuller was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA). He has...
Gauntlett, Alice FrancesBellvilleNothing butPhotographyProfile:Gauntlett was born in 1988 and is currently studyingBA(FA) ...
Gauntlett, Alice FrancesBellvilleDominancePhotographyDescription of artwork:This work deals with some of the imagery of an...
Geldenhuys, Amber JadeJohannesburgGrey as you go 1, 2 & 3Digital prints(Triptych)a) 86 cm x 63 cmb) 86 cm x 63 cmProfile:G...
Grobler, LizaBellvilleEasy access scarfOld keys and chainProfile:Grobler was born in 1974. She studied BA(FA) as well asMA...
Gutter, Pauline GertruidaBloemfonteinBoer soulOil on woodTwenty-one-part30 cm x 24 cm eachProfile:Gutter was born in 1980 ...
Hatherly, Sasha ClarePort ElizabethUntitledPhotographic printProfile:Hatherly was born in 1986 and obtained the BTech degr...
Hewson, Daniel Peter GlynEast LondonSeries – school killingsDry-point print(Diptych)a) 56 cm x 67,5 cmProfile:Hewson was b...
Hofmeyr, Juliet AnneJohannesburgNoiseVideoProfile:Hofmeyr was born in 1977 and studied BA Arts and Cultureat Unisa.Descrip...
Janse van Rensburg, DanélleJohannesburgRooikruis/Red CrossWoodProfile:Janse van Rensburg was born in 1985 and studied for ...
Profile:Keyser was born in 1985 and studied for the National Di-ploma in Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane Universityof...
Laue, Alhyrian Albert BishopPort ElizabethThe scales caress the teethMixed media8080
Laue, Alhyrian Albert BishopPort ElizabethWe will trust the hands from this lower positionMixed mediaProfile:Laue was born...
Lila, PhiliswaPretoriaSkin disorderOil on canvasProfile:Lila was born in 1988 and studied for the National Diplo-ma in Fin...
Lüneburg, NathaniPretoriaContrap(c)tionMixed mediaProfile:Lüneburg was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of...
Luvhimbi Mushe JaphterPolokwaneThe power of loveWoodProfile:Luvhimbi was born in 1982 and completed Grade 12 at theHermen ...
Marx, Maja (Neé Pfeiffer)JohannesburgPile: Feint & marginBlanketsProfile:Marx was born in 1977 and studied for the BTech(F...
Maswanganyi, CollenJohannesburgVoko ranawu ri lehile/Long arm of the lawWood and acrylicProfile:Maswanganyi was born in th...
Mdluli, Andile KoketsoJohannesburgEccentric teapot addicted to trash and murderCeramic8787
Mdluli, Andile KoketsoJohannesburgEccentric teapot addicted to trash and murderCeramic14,5 cm x 30 cm x 14 cmProfile:Mdlul...
Moys Anthea Julian DineoJohannesburgPlaying with Pirates: Leap into the…Photography8989
Moys Anthea Julian DineoJohannesburgPlaying with Pirates: Scoring a tryPhotography9090
Moys Anthea Julian DineoJohannesburgPlaying with Pirates: ScrumPhotographyProfile:Moys was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA)...
Naidoo, Shogan GanasJohannesburgMonitor emitting lightVideo installation50 secProfile:Naidoo was born in 1986 and studied ...
Nanise, Zwelethu ZandisileJohannesburgFamily portraitCharcoal and linseed oil on paperProfile:Nanise was born in 1985 and ...
Ngobese, Bongumenzi SibongiseniDurbanKwa-MamkhizeMixed mediaProfile:Ngobese was born in 1987 and studied for the NationalD...
Norval, AnetDurbanBryer: Rooi, ribbok, ramMixed mediaProfile:Norval was born in 1980 and studied for the BTech(FA)degree a...
Ox, MeaPretoriaSoft restraintMixed mediaProfile:Ox was born in 1986 and studied for the BTech(FA) degreeat the Tshwane Uni...
Ox, MeaPretoriaAblutionMixed media(Four-part)a) 48 cm x 48 cmb) 39,5 cm x 39,5 cmc) 35 cm x 35 cmDescription of artwork:Ab...
Pretorius, AletPretoriaSiloPhotography71,5 cm x 96,5 cmProfile:Pretorius was born in 1980 and studied BJourn at RhodesUniv...
Pretorius, Lorinda SamanthaPort ElizabethUncontrollable imaginationGlass, oxide and sandblasting9999
Profile:Pretorius was born in 1987 and studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela MetropolitanUniv...
Qapa, DinisileEast LondonSaturday morningOil on canvasProfile:Qapa was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) at RhodesUniversity...
Qapa, DinisileEast LondonTaxi rankOil on canvasDescription of artwork:This painting shows the busy taxi rank in East Londo...
Rihlampfu, Nkhensani HeraldPretoriaSelf-portraitInk on paperProfile:Rihlampfu was born in 1988 and is currently studying f...
Rissik, Olivia Jade AlexandriaPort ElizabethThe Grim brothers: Colonel Mustard and Bully BeefMixed media(Diptych)a) 150,5 ...
Salzwedel, Heidi LieslEast LondonUrban interactions (Hammer)Mixed media installationProfile:Salzwedel was born in 1986 and...
Sibiya, Jose BamboJohannesburgShe holds a knife by the bladeEmbossed etchings(Diptych)a) 110,5 cm x 81,5 cmProfile:Sibiya ...
Smit, Frans JohannesBellvilleRoom by the hourOil on canvasProfile:Smit was born in 1976 and studied for the National Diplo...
Snodgrass, Stacy LeePort ElizabethFine dust seriesGlass(Five-part)a) 18 cm x 13 cmb) 18 cm x 13 cmc) 19 cm x 14.5 cmd) 18 ...
Steyn, Antonia DignaBellvilleSteyn and De VilliersPhotographic installation(Six-part)Profile:Steyn was born in 1978 and st...
Steyn, Daniël Petrus DreyerPretoriaJohantjieVideoProfile:Steyn was born in 1984 and studied BA(FA) at the Universityof Pre...
Steyn, Daniël Petrus DreyerPretoriaLenahVideoDescription of artwork:In the video artwork Lenah, Steyn has utilised an imag...
Swart, Johanna ChristinaPretoria86070300110086 F.A.D.E.Mixed media installationProfile:Swart was born in 1986 and studied ...
Swarts, TalitaBellvilleIllumination IIMixed media installationProfile:Swarts was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) as well a...
Taljaard, Johannes Zacharias (Zach)Port ElizabethFinding myself in the middlePhotographic printProfile:Taljaard was born i...
Tshivhandakano, NdwamatoThohoyandouSecret prayerLinocutProfile:Tshivhandakano was born in 1982 and studied art forfour yea...
Tshivhandakano, NdwamatoThohoyandouDomba danceLinocutDescription of artwork:Domba is the most respected girls’ initiation ...
Van der Merwe, AronéPretoriaMemoryMixed mediaProfile:Van der Merwe was born in 1986 and studied for theBTech(FA) degree at...
Van der Vyver, Cornelia MariaPretoriaCodedMixed mediaProfile:Van der Vyver was born in 1977 and is currently studyingBA(VA...
Van der Watt, ClairePretoriaDisposableDigital photographic printProfile:Van der Watt was born in 1979 and studied BTech(FA...
Van Eeden, WesleyDurbanThe world is flat and everything is okMixed mediaProfile:Van Eeden was born in 1979 and obtained hi...
Van Loggerenberg, YolandéPretoriaThe fleeting momentOil on canvasProfile:Van Loggerenberg was born in 1988 and is currentl...
Van Schalkwyk, Ilka JeannePretoriaReading colourMixed media installationProfile:Van Schalkwyk was born in 1986 and obtaine...
Van Schalkwyk, Jacobus JohannesJohannesburgSacrifice: My mother’s dressMixed mediaProfile:Van Schalkwyk was born in 1981 a...
Van Schalkwyk, LyleJohannesburgBlou van onse hemelOil on canvasProfile:Van Schalkwyk was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA) a...
Wargau, Fabian OliverPretoriaMGNTC: VHS: 12 - InterlacedMixed mediaProfile:Wargau was born in 1984 and studied BA(VA) at U...
Wilmot, Cassandra AlexisEast LondonAfter-image IEtchingProfile:Wilmot was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(FA)at ...
Whitehead, Johanna Jacoba (Hanje)JohannesburgDie Judasbok/The Judas goatMixed media installation85 cm x 190 cm x 134 cmPro...
1986WinnerPenny SiopisMerit Award WinnersDeborah BellAndrew BreebaartDennis PurvisSimon Stone1987WinnerClive van den BergM...
1433 absa 2010 l'atelier catalogue lowres
1433 absa 2010 l'atelier catalogue lowres
1433 absa 2010 l'atelier catalogue lowres
1433 absa 2010 l'atelier catalogue lowres
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  1. 1. 25 Years!What a milestone!This is how old the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is –truly something to be proud of and to celebrate.This year marks the silver anniversary of the AbsaL’Atelier Art Competition and we celebrate the commit-ment of Absa as a sponsor with SANAVA and our artists.Absa is proud to have the Alliance Française, theFrench Institute and the French Embassy as sponsorsof the Gerard Sekoto Award for the last seven years. Werecognise that patrons are as important in the world ofthe arts as shareholders are in the world of finance.The works entered for this competition are truly symbolsof freedom and creativity and we are very proud to havethem in the Absa Gallery. We would like to thank all theartists who created these valuable works of art; theyhave made our world a more interesting, dynamic andsocially relevant place. It requires courage and boldnessto achieve this and we applaud them for their efforts.We hope that this competition will continue for manyyears as a platform for all the wonderful artistic talentin our country.Maria RamosGroup Chief Executive1
  2. 2. The Absa L’AtelierAwardThe Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is presented annuallyby Absa in conjunction with SANAVA (South African Na-tional Association for the Visual Arts). It is a competition foryoung artists in the age group 21 to 35 years. Works of artwere selected in Bellville, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannes-burg, East London, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Pretoria andThohoyandou by a local panel of selectors guided by GwenMiller on behalf of the National President of SANAVA. Theselected works of art have been sent to Johannesburg forfinal adjudication.National selection panelGwen MillerCoordinator of National SelectionGuy du ToitPretoriaTheo KleynhansCape TownVulindlela NyoniPietermaritzburgRobyn SassenJohannesburgAir ticket to Paris, France sponsored by AbsaThis catalogue has been compiled by Cecile Loedolff,Art Curator of Absa and Dr Eunice Basson,Senior Lecturer,UnisaPhotography by Richard HughesDesign and layout by Betelgeuse AdvertisingPublished by Absa, member of the Barclays Group.2
  3. 3. In a country where support of the arts is not the norm, thisyear’s Absa L’Atelier slogan: ‘creativity takes courage’ ismost suitable.The curatorial team marketed this 25th yearwith a gutsy poster of the provocative slogan tattooedonto a bald head. Apart from having edgy appeal, it alsoechoes a calm, yet visceral visual language, which servesas a challenge to South Africans to commit themselves tocreative expression in art.As a national encoder of cultural, personal and politicalrealities,muchoftheselectedworkseemstohavesubversivestrategies, not in loud and shocking ways, but rather instrangely guarded tones. The exhibition reflects restrictedcolour in mostly monochromatic schemes with calculatedcontrasts. Absence of colour has the psychological qualityof an otherworldly air, uneasy and reserved. Interestingly,even the winning work, Reading colour, which has hue asa coding mechanism, uses colour not in a splashy mannerbut devoid of emotional exuberance. Pretoria artist, Ilkavan Schalkwyk’s new media installation reflects intellectualgames with texts that in themselves rebel againstprescriptive institutions.Like the referenced songs that weredefiant in their strategies, this visual presentation becomessubversive of the social body. The work is a marvellousexample of an open text with multi-layered meaning.The implicit notion of concealment is also taken up by theGerard Sekoto prizewinner, Kwa-Mamkhize, a work thatholds so many possibilities of engagement in relation toour current society. KwaZulu-Natal artist, BongumenziNgobese’s hidden parcels under the table signify secrecy,a lifestyle of makeshift storage systems of a society influx. This is a social order of migrants, who have to takeup their belongings and make them fit into any vehicle or,metaphorically, any culture, to be able to move on. In thehistorical Italian movement of the 1960’s, Arte Povera, theartists’stance was radical and most of the works were aimedat a critical questioning of establishments such as industryand government. Similarly, the poverty and insecurity thatis evident in the unconventional use of raw material andunpretentious formal application in Ngobese’s work couldbe interpreted as a rebuke to an upside-down world.The denial of the original function of household objectsbecome remediated in many works: a chair, a map,blankets or ear-buds - all deploy a sense of humour andsurprise elements to open new associations. Strategiesof narration refer to personal politics, localised history,domestic violence and ecological nostalgia to becomethe urban critique. The photographic works revealcontexts where stories are being re-enacted to play aprominent role in decoding a site for re-consumption.Several of the top ten works reference repetitive craftingwith carefully constructed surfaces. There is a sense of ademocratic representation of medium and technique – andthe device that provides the edge is the sharpness of theidea and appropriate application. Recontextualisation offamiliar things, ‘making strange’, brings the unfamiliar tothe viewer: the observer is given access but is asked to takea step back and to rethink the experience. It is here wherethe artist plays a game with the spectator, reinvigoratingour understanding of the world.By means of our appreciation of this exhibition we are urgedto shift complacency, to create a space for open critique andallow creativity to be the encoded voice of our conscience.Gwen MillerNational Adjudicator3
  4. 4. Absa L’Atelier Competition, 2010: ‘Thank you andcongratulations!’On this auspicious occasion, the celebrationof the 25th anniversary of the Absa L’AtelierCompetition for young, emerging visual artists,the South African National Association for theVisual Arts (SANAVA) pays tribute to its partner-in-arts, Absa, its Management and dedicatedpersonnel for their sustained support duringall these years in hosting what has become aregular and highly regarded annual event onthe visual arts calendar in South Africa. Theexceptional commitment of 23 years of MrsCecile Loedolff, Absa’s Art Curator, deserves to bespecially mentioned. Conceived and establishedin 1985, this prestigious competition continuesin making an immeasurable contribution tothe development and promotion of the visualarts and visual artists in our country. At thesame time, SANAVA expresses its heartfeltappreciation to the French Embassy, InstitutFrançais and Alliance Française in South Africa forhaving sponsored the Gerard Sekoto Award forthe seventh consecutive year.In thanking Absa and the French authoritiesfor their most valued collaborative role in thisregard, SANAVA also extends thanks to all thoseartists who participated in the competition andwarmest congratulations to those who have beenselected as the winning team. It is trusted thatall participants, who obviously display a desireto express their inner spiritual stirrings andperspectives in a visual way, may actively continueto develop this interest. You have the potential tobecome role models for the visual arts.Special words of thanks and appreciation are dueto the personnel, local panels and judges at thevarious collection points and in particular to theNational Adjudicator, Mrs Gwen Miller, Head ofVisual Arts at Unisa, who spent valuable time andefforts in promoting the competition, therebymaking a personal investment in furthering thecultural wealth of our country.Anton LoubserNational PresidentSANAVA4
  5. 5. Gerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993)Sekoto was born at Botshabelo near Middelburgin the former Transvaal on 9 December 1913. Hisearly paintings depicted scenes from Sophiatown,District Six and Eastwood near Pretoria.He left South Africa in 1947 for Europe andsettled in Paris in voluntary exile where he liveduntil his death in 1993. As an African Parisian healways yearned for his South African roots andidentity, which he depicted with much nostalgiain many of his works.In Paris and with the support of the lovingFrench public, doors eventually opened forSekoto to explore his own creativity. With thisaward we honour Gerard Sekoto. The FrenchEmbassy, the French Institute and the AllianceFrançaise, felt it appropriate to create such anaward to support the most promising artist withan income of less than R60 000 per annum. Thisaward will hopefully open yet another door fora young South African artist in the city of loveand art, namely Paris.5
  6. 6. 1986 WinnerPenny SiopisA year after Siopis walked away with theMerit Award at the prestigious Cape TownTriennial, she won the coveted Volkskas BankAtelier Competition. Her work was at thatstage already well-established as can be seenin the 1988, 1991 and 1995 Merit Awards shereceived at the Vita Art Now exhibitions heldin Johannesburg. Siopis was promoted toProfessor in Painting at the Department of FineArts at the University of the Witwatersrandwhere she taught for many years beforerelocating to Cape Town at the end of 2009.To date, Penny Siopis has been involved incountless solo and group exhibitions as well asartists’ residencies all over the world. In recentyears Siopis ventured into new media such asvideo and film, some of which were screenedinternationally on Greek State Television in2003 and at the Tate Modern in 2004.In 2000 she received a Swedish ExchangeFellowship to the Umea University in Sweden,and in 2001 the prestigious Alexander OnassisFoundation Fellowship awarded her a researchresidence in Greece. In 2002 she received thebest Visual Artist Award at the Klein KarooNasionale Kunstfees. The Ampersand FoundationFellowship Residency was awarded to her in2006 and more recently, in 2008, she received avisiting residency from the Athens School of ArtsMelancholiain Greece. Her works are represented in all themajor public collections in South Africa as wellas selected public and private collections in NewYork, Washington, Stockholm and Amsterdam.8
  7. 7. Clive van den BergAfter having taught as Lecturer and Senior Lecturerat the Department of Fine Arts at the Universityof the Witwatersrand from 1989 until 2000, Vanden Berg resigned to become an independentcurator and designer. In 2004 and 2005, he actedas curator for the prestigious Brett Kebble Awardsbut in recent years Van den Berg has been involvedin and working with various architects in SouthAfrica to design and create new public spaces suchas museums and state buildings. Among his mostrecent activities are his collaboration with UrbanSolutions Architects for a series of artworks forthe new Baragwanath Taxi and Bus ranks; curatingand designing the permanent exhibition at theWomen’s Jail on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg;curating and designing the permanent exhibitionat the Old Fort on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg;curating and designing of Izipho: Madiba’s Gifts, forthe Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Van den Berg has also been involved in a majorarchitectural project for the Northern CapeLegislature as well as an outdoor sculpture for theDistrict Six Project in Cape Town. His environmentalsculptural pieces can also be seen in selected publicspaces in and around Johannesburg. For the pastfew years Van den Berg was also involved as Curator Central Park Durban9
  8. 8. 1988 WinnerDiane VictorSoon after she completed her degree in Fine Arts atthe University of the Witwatersrand in 1986 whereshe specialized in Printmaking, she became involvedin teaching at various tertiary institutions where herinfluence as master printmaker and draughtswomanhas been immense. From 1990 to 2007 she taughtas part-time lecturer at Wits Technikon, PretoriaTechnikon,The Open Window Art Academy,VaalTriangle Technikon, University of the Witwatersrandand Rhodes University. From 1991 until 2007 she wasalso appointed part-time lecturer in drawing andprintmaking at the University of Pretoria.She has exhibited in major group exhibitionssince 1988 when her work was first selectedfor the prestigious Cape Town Triennial. Themost notable recent group exhibitions inwhich her works have been included are Outof Africa exhibition at the Cork Street Galleryin London in 2007, Flesh, which was exhibitedat the KKNK in Oudtshoorn in 2007, a groupshow at the Amaridian Gallery in New Yorkin 2007 and in the same year her works wereincluded in the Busan International PrintShow in Busan, Korea, the InternationalGraphiztriennale at the Wien Künstlerhausin Vienna, an exhibition of South African Artat the Danubiana Art Museum in Bratislava,Slovakia an exhibition in Paris, France andone in Sydney at the Barry Keldoulis Galleryentitled South Africa on Paper.The problems of being a god these daysImportant recent solo exhibitions include herSmoke Heads exhibition at Michael StevensonContemporary in Cape Town in 2005 and a showat the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg in 2006. Anacclaimed exhibition of her most recent sepia andash drawings as well as superb dry-point etchingswas held at the Goodman Gallery in May 2010.Diane Victor’s most recent and coveted awards forher work are: The Sasol Wax Award Winner in 2002and in 2005 she received the Gold Medal for VisualArt from the South African Academy of Arts andScience. In 2006 she received the Statutory Awardof MTG at the Krakow Print Triennial in KrakowPoland.1010
  9. 9. Hennie StroebelStroebel completed his Higher Diploma in FineArts in 1985 at the former Natal Technikon. Heis renowned for his ceramics and he now alsoheads the Ceramic Department at the DurbanUniversity of Technology (DUT). Stroebel held twosuccessful exhibitions in 1992 and 1993 at theGoodman Gallery in Johannesburg and in 1995his work was included in a group show entitled‘Exhibition by Natal Artists’ which was featuredat the Durban Art Gallery.Stroebel was also instrumental in curating anexhibition entitled ‘Common Ground’ in July 2007,which showcased recent work of six ceramicartists who all studied under the guidance of thisrenowned master ceramist. In March last yearhe participated in a major group exhibition bystaff of the DUT, which also included John Roome,Andries Botha and Chris de Beer amongst others.In recent years Stroebel’s creative interestsexpanded to include fibre into his ceramic workssuch as stitching and embroidery.Stroebel is preparing for a major exhibition,By night1111
  10. 10. Barend de WetDuring the nineties, Barend de Wet was aprominent figure in the South African artisticarena winning awards for his work at the VitaArt Now Awards in 1992. His works was alsorepresented at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1994. Inrecent years De Wet, who studied fine art at theMichaelis School of Fine Art at the University ofCape Town and now lives and works in Knysna,has been using his body as a vehicle for artisticexpression. But he is also known as a sculptor,painter, photographer and as a conceptual artist.Much of his work is underpinned by irony andwordplay. In 2005 a land art piece in cut-out steelof the word ‘God’, which was erected on a bridgenear Plettenberg Bay, created huge controversy inthe rural community of that area. His exhibitionat the Muti Gallery in 2006, entitled Differentstrokes for different folks, featured sculpture,1990 WinnerThe last drunken supper1212
  11. 11. Virginia MacKennyMacKenny has been in the teaching professionfor well over twenty three years, first at theDurban Institute of Technology in the Fine ArtDepartment where she taught Painting, Drawingand Art Theory. More recently she was appointedsenior lecturer in Painting at the Michaelis Schoolof Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. In2001 she received an MA in Gender Studies andin 2004 MacKenny was awarded the AmpersandFoundation Fellowship Residency in New York.Apart from her teaching responsibilitiesMacKenny’s creative and research interests focuson painting, video and performance art withparticular reference to gender issues and identity.In 2007 she was one of the national selectorsfor Spier Contemporary and in 2008 she held asuccessful solo exhibition at the Irma Stern Museumin Cape Town. Her works are represented in selectedFrom the dark it is so1313
  12. 12. Paul EdmundsEdmunds received the Volkskas Bank AtelierCompetition in the year after he received his BAFine Arts degree in 1991 from the University ofNatal in Pietermaritzburg. In 1996 he graduatedwith an MA Fine Arts cum laude, from the sameuniversity before relocating to Cape Town wherehe has been actively working as one of SouthAfrica’s foremost visual artists. He has presentedmany solo and group exhibitions and in 2007 hewon the coveted Tollman Award.His well-received solo exhibitions include the1999 exhibition entitled Scale, which was shownat The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet in CapeTown, which was followed by Cloud in 2003 atJoão Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town and Phenomena,which was exhibited at the same gallery. In 2007his critically acclaimed exhibition entitled Array,was shown at Art On Paper in Johannesburg andmore recently in 2008 his exhibition, Aggregate,was exhibited at the Bank Gallery in Durban.In recent years Edmunds has been involved inimportant commissions, notably a large outdoorartwork for the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in CapeTown, which he completed in 2003. In 2005MTN commissioned him to do a large-scalework for their new headquarters in Roodepoort,Johannesburg. In 2005/6 Edmunds was involvedin a beadwork initiative known as Qala/Coeo. Ib2009 One and Only of Cape Town commissioned1992 WinnerFilletcoattwo works. His works are represented in majorpublic collections in South Africa as well as TheMuseum of Modern Art in New York.1414
  13. 13. Dominic ThorburnThorburn was promoted to Professor andhead of the Graphic Section and Director ofthe Fine Line Press & Print Research Unit atRhodes University. He was also the recipient ofa Fulbright Scholarship in 1992, which enabledhim to attend the Tamaring Institute at theUniversity of New Mexico where he completed aPrefessional Printer Program.In September 1998 Thorburn was the convenorof the First South African PrintmakingConference and in 2003 he was the co-convenorof the 3rd Impact International PrintmakingConference, which was held in South Africa.His interest in collaborative printmakingmotivated him to establish the Fine Line Press,a unique tertiary-based printmaking press andresearch unit. Thorburn is very active in artsadministration as well as community-basedoutreach programmes. His research interests1993 WinnerCarbon black & old brown1515
  14. 14. Jonathan Comerford1994 WinnerRiding the South EasterComerford, who completed his studies at theRuth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock, CapeTown in 1985, established his own printmakingstudio known as Hard Ground Printmakers inCape Town where his studio provides technicalsupport for artists living and working in CapeTown. In 2005 he completed a PostgraduateDiploma in Printmaking at the UCT MichaelisSchool of Fine Art in Cape Town. He works inall the diverse techniques printmaking hasto offer, ranging from etching, mezzotint,lithography, silkscreening, linocuts, etc.Comerford has taken part in many importantinternational Print Biennales as well asexchange programmes and has been selectedas a resident artist at the Grafische Werkstattim Traklhaus in Salzburg in Austria.Jonathan Comerford is presently residing andworking as a master printmaker in London wherehe is establishing himself in the British art world. In2008 his work was shown in two exhibitions, onebeing a collection of his linocuts, which he publishedunder the auspices of his Hard Ground Printmakers.1616
  15. 15. Kevin RobertsKevin Roberts, who received his Higher Diplomain Fine Arts from the Technikon Pretoria in 1990,launched his career as painter and sculptorafter having won important awards such asthe Schweickerdt Prize for the most promisingstudent in 1987 and in 1988, the Innes Aab-Tamsen Prize for Painting. His fine paintings,in which he explored intricate patterning,craftsmanship and elements of ‘the beautiful’,were richly layered with recurring symbols.After having won the Volkskas Bank AtelierCompetition, he was also awarded the KemptonPark/Tembisa Fine Art Award in 1996. In 1999,Roberts’ work was represented in London at theartLONDON ’99 Fair in Chelsea. In 2000, the firstof several solo exhibitions was presented at theEverard Read Gallery in Johannesburg where hiswork received widespread acclaim. His works arerepresented in all the major public art collectionsin South Africa. Kevin Roberts sadly passed awayImport/export after Piero Della Francesca1717
  16. 16. Nkosinathi Khanyile1996 WinnerAmasiko Ma-Afrika AmasikoIn 1999 Khanyile was a nominee for the FNB VitaArt Now Prize as well as the recipient of the covetedCommonwealth Art and Craft Award. In 2000 hewas the winner of‘Our Heritage Image’Award,which was initiated by the Fine Art and CultureDevelopment Co-operative in Pietermaritzburg.In 2000 Khanyile spent time in Holland as part of anexchange programme entitled Holland South AfricaLine, which resulted in an exhibition in Amsterdamas well as a further exhibition at the William FehrGallery at the Cape Town Castle on his return.The Commonwealth Award enabled Khanyile totravel to Australia where he taught at MidlandCollege,Tafe as well as at the Edith Cowan Universityand at the Western Australian University. He wasalso involved in the Perth International Arts Festivalin 2001.This engagement enabled him to facilitatea group of township youths from Umlazi to visitAustralia on a cross-cultural exchange.Khanyile’s international profile as one of ourforemost South African artists, has been furtherbroadened through his participation in exhibitionsin France, Australia, Holland, Germany and the USA.In 2001 the artist was commissioned to buildthe Emakhosini (The Valley of Kings) HeritageMonument and was also selected as one of thejudges for the FNB Vita Art Now Competition.1818
  17. 17. Ilse PahlSince winning the Volskas Bank Atelier Competition,Ilse Pahl’s work has been working in a variety ofmedia on selected public commissions such as a bigmosaic commemorating the life of Dr David Webster,who was gunned down in front of his house on the1 May 1989 by former Apartheid security agents.Thiswork covers most of the front wall and gate pillarsof the Webster property in Troyeville, Johannesburg.In a most recent commission in 2010, she and fellowartist Lehlogonolo Mashaba completed artwork forthe Mine View Station for the new BRT transportsystem. In 2000 Pahl was selected for a residency atthe Thami Mnyele Foundation Studio and in 2003she refurbished the well-known Spark Gallery inJohannesburg where she also exhibited selectedfound objects such as cheap ceramic ornaments andother objects. In this exhibition Pahl explored thefunctions of mass-produced decorative domesticobjects that form part of local visual culture. Herwork was recently included in an exhibition entitledVisible Visions at FAXX in Tilburg in Holland.Shelf-life no 21919
  18. 18. Karl GietlGietl, who is a painter at heart, presentedhis first exhibition in 1994 after which hestarted exhibiting extensively both in SouthAfrica and abroad. In 1995 his work wasexhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum as wellas at the Contemporary Museum of ModernArt in Santiago, Chile. His stay at the CitéInternationale des Arts in Paris created anambience for him to spread his wings and from1999 to 2002 Gietl traveled widely and stayedand exhibited his work in France, Germany,Holland and Belgium. After a short stay inSpain, he returned to South Africa in 2003.He celebrated his return to his country with anexhibition at the João Ferreira Gallery in CapeTown entitled Bringing it all back home, whichwas well received by the critics. In 2004 hepresented his first of several solo exhibitions inJohannesburg at the Alliance Française entitled1998 WinnerUntitled titles2020
  19. 19. Ryan ArensonArenson had his first solo exhibition in 1998 andhas been working as a full-time artist ever since.His work is included in major public and privatecollections in South Africa and abroad includingthe Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Durban ArtMuseum, Biliton, JCI, Absa and Appletiser.In 2004 Arenson held a successful exhibition atThe Premises Gallery in the Braamfontein TheatrePrecinct, Johannesburg entitled Pierneef: Black,White and Coloured in which he questionedsocio-political concerns evoking skin variationson which Apartheid was modeled.In October 2008 Ryan Arenson first engaged withprintmaking at the David Krut Workshop, whichresulted in a solo exhibition entitled Book of Ruth.He drew his inspiration from two seminal worksby Dürer and Picasso, which he translated intolinocuts, etchings and monotypes.It is especially his labour-intensive drawingsand his use of line and mark-making, whichdistinguishes Arenson’s work. This was wellillustrated and displayed in an exhibition whichwas held in April 2010 at the David Krut Projectsin Johannesburg entitled Hard Work, whichspans the last fifteen years of Arenson’s career.This exhibition allowed the viewer to gaininsight into his thematic concerns and processes1999 WinnerTo Die for2121
  20. 20. Brad HammondHammond, who now lives and works inAustralia and who is internationally acclaimedfor his video and film art, has a long listof important solo and group exhibitions.His videowork was selected in 2002 for anexhibition at Le Centre Art Contemporain deBasse-Normandie in France and curated by theTrinity Session. In 2003 his work was includedin an exhibition entitled Energy Kunstlerfilmevon 1920 bis heute, which was showcased atMuseum Volkwang in Essen, Germany. In thesame year an exhibition entitled Tracking, washeld at the Bathurst Regional Gallery in NewSouth Wales, Australia. In 2004 his work wasshortlisted for the National Works on PaperAward from the Mornington Peninsula Gallery,Victoria, Australia and his work was alsoacquired for the permanent collection. In 2005he exhibited video and encaustic paintings atthe well-known Brian Moore Gallery in Sydney.His exhibition entitled Dialogues, was exhibitedin 2008 at Art First Contemorary Art in London.Hammond’s works have been recognizedinternationally as he was shortlisted for theFletcher Jones, Geelong Contemporary Art Awardin 2006 and in 2008 he was a finalist for TheWaterhouse Natural History Art Award. Hammond2000 Winner Inner city2222
  21. 21. Stefanus RademeyerSince completing his six months’ residency atthe Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2002,Rademeyer briefly returned to South Africabut was awarded the Ampersand Foundationresidency in New York in 2003. His works werealso included on a group exhibition hostedby Warren Siebrits entitled The AmpersandFoundation 1997-2003. In this prolific yearRademeyer presented a solo exhibition at theWarren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Artin Johannesburg entitled Surface Depth and anexhibition at the Wits Art Gallery entitled20:20 Mapping Trajectories.In 2006 he returned to the Warren SiebritsGallery where he presented his second soloexhibition entitled Ideograph in which heexplored his concerns with structural geometry.This exhibition was acclaimed for its abstractvisual representations. For this exhibitionRademeyer was guided by his reading of selectedtheorists whose ideas centre on the complexityof structures such as Deleuze, Heidegger Laing,Mimetic reconstructions2323
  22. 22. Marco CianfanelliAfter graduating with distinction from theDepartment of Fine Arts at the University of theWitwatersrand, he briefly taught as part-timelecturer in Design at the Parktown College forVocational Education, before launching into afull-time career asartist. His interests liewithin looking at thepossibilities of selectedartistic interventionswithin the public realm.This involves otherprofessionals from diversefields such as artists,designers, architects andengineers. He is presentlyinvolved as member ofthe design team for TheFreedom Park Project inPretoria. Cianfanelli hasbeen awarded severalimportant residenciesabroad and he hasexhibited widely in SouthAfrica as well as abroad. His most recent exhibitionsin South Africa include the 2009 Contemporarysculpture in the landscape, which was hosted by TheNirox Foundation in Johannesburg as well as the2008 exhibition presented by the Unisa Art Galleryin Pretoria entitled Interventions.2002 WinnerIn 2009 Cianfanelli acted as a Regional Judge forthe Absa L’Atelier Competition and in 2008 he wasa selected Judge for the Sasol Wax Art Competitionfrom 2006 until 2009. He acted as Art Adviser forthe Sasol Art Collection.His recent commissions for 2009 include work forthe Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow, the University ofJohannesburg, the Durban International ConferenceCentre in Durban, work for the Tokara Wine Estate inStellenbosch and two works for Absa.2424
  23. 23. 2003 WinnerBleakAggenbach’s work was featured at the Joburg ArtFair in 2008 by the João Ferreira Gallery, whichshowcased her work that was exhibited at thisGallery in her solo exhibition entitled Sub Rose.Her artistic concerns and research centres aroundissues of cultural heritage and the process ofnostalgia and/or historical myth-making, whichshe dresses in satire and parody.Bp ySanell AggenbachAggenbach lives and works as a full-time artistin Cape Town where she works in various medianamely painting, sculpture and printmaking. Shehas participated in many solo as well as groupexhibitions in South Africa. In 1999 to 2000 shewas selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg residencyprogramme at the Sanskriti Kendra in Nieu-Deli,India. She lectured at the Cape College from mid-2000 until 2004 before taking up her residency atthe Cité Internationale desArts in Paris, France. In 2005Aggenbach was nominatedfor a Kanna Award at theKKNK in Oudtshoorn and inthe same year she curatedan exhibition entitled SweetNothings at the Bell-RobertsGallery in Cape Town as wellas being selected for the thirdBrett Kebble Award.2525
  24. 24. 2004 WinnerConrad BotesBotes has been a frequent participant ingroup exhibitions as well as important soloexhibitions since he won the L’Atelier Award.His venture with Anton Kannemeyer of thenotorious Bitterkomix has won him wideacclaim both locally and internationally. Hisfirst solo exhibition took place at MichaelStevenson Contemporary in Cape Town in May2007 where a large-scale installation of carvedand painted sculptures was exhibited entitledSatan’s Choir at the Gates of Heaven. Apartfrom this installation, other works in a varietyof media were seen on this exhibition suchas a comic strip plus fifty eight reverse-glasspainted panels and a painting on canvas.In 2008 Botes’ work was included inan important group exhibitionnamely the Third GuangzhouTheatre of crueltyIn 2008 Botes’ work was included inan important group exhibitionnamely the Third GuangzhouTheatre of crueltyTriennial in China and in 2009 he was selectedas the festival artist for the 2009 Aardklop ArtsFestival in Potchefstroom.In the same year Botes launched his Cain andAbel comic strip, which was later reworked intoa series of reverse-glass painted panels. In theseworks Botes reflects on the origins of violence.More recently, Botes presented a successful soloexhibition at Fred in London in March/April 2010.His work has also been selected for the 17thBiennale of Sydney, which will take place from12 May until 1 August 2010. The work that he hasbeen producing for Bitterkomix has been includedon an exhibition at MU Eindhoven, TheNetherlands entitled… for those wholive in it: Pop culture, politics andstrong voices. This exhibitionopened in May 2010.2626
  25. 25. Berco WilsenachAfter completing his formal studies at the Universityof Pretoria,Wilsenach has exhibited both locallyand internationally and has been awarded severalresidencies abroad.He is currently teaching as a part-time lecturer at theDepartment ofVisual Arts at the University of Pretoria.In 2008 he exhibited at the Bell-Roberts Gallery inCape Town and the work featured formed part of hisbigger project entitled Project for a blind astronaut. Inthis exhibition entitled In die sterre geskryf,Wilsenachexamines the accessibility of language as medium. Inthese works he developed a coding system presentingstar charts as pincushions whilst all symbols havebeen cartographically accurately represented to revealthe constellations to the blind astronaut.2005 WinnerIn the same year his work was represented atan exhibition at the Unisa Art Gallery entitledIntervention.This exhibition looked at differentsystems and how these systems operate – systemsof transport, communication, social structures,mechanical and systems of control and how a newgeneration of artists interact, embrace or rejectthese systems in and through their work.Diadema Mathẽma2727
  26. 26. Ruth SacksBefore she launched into her career as an artist, RuthSacks taught as a part-time lecturer at the MichaelisSchool of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town aswell as at the Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art.Apart from her own creative work, Sacks hasbeen very active as an arts administrator.From 2003 until 2004 she was the ProjectAdministrator for Iziko Museums of CapeTown’s Democracy X exhibition at the Castleof Good Hope. In 2006 she was selected asthe Cape Town Coordinator for the Trienalde Luanda in Angola. In the same year sheparticipated in a group exhibition entitled 1stArchitecture, Art and Landscape Biennial ofthe Canaries at Los Lavaderos, Tenerife. Afterher six months stay at the Cité Internationaledes Arts in 2007, Sacks was awarded a furtherthree months residency in 2008 at the IaabInternational Exchange Program in Basel,Switzerland, sponsored by Pro Helvetia. Shecurrently resides in Brussels, Belgium whereshe is part of the HISK (Hoogere Instituut vanDon’t panic2828
  27. 27. Pierre FouchéSince being declared overall winnner of theAbsa L’Atelier Competition, Fouché presented asolo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts Gallery inCape Town entitled Convoluted involvement. Hehas also taken part in various important groupexhibitions notably The Bijou burns again, UCAin Cape Town in 2008, The Gift in collaborationwith Liza Grobler, which was exhibited at theIrma Stern Museum in Rosebank, Cape Town,Signs/Representation at the 14-1 Gallerie inStuttgart and an exhibition at the KKNK entitledObsessie. His work was included for the showentitled 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective,which was hosted in March/April at the IzikoSouth African National Gallery in Cape Town.Fouché’s work interrogates the dynamics ofpersonal relationship and society’s desire tocategorise or classify its members. His researchinterests centre on personal and familyphotographs, which he deconstructs away fromthe immediacy of the photographic image, bybreaking down the image into small buildingblocks only to be reassembled into a screened2007 WinnerThe distance between us III2929
  28. 28. 2008 WinnerJames WebbWebb comes from a totally diverse academicbackground having studied for a BA, majoring inDrama and Comparative Religion at the University ofCape Town. In 1999 he also completed a Diploma inCopywriting.What makesWebb’s work fascinating isthat he is a pioneer of sound art in South Africa wherehe also works as a teacher, curator and as designer.After his sojourn in 2009 at the Cité Internationaledes Arts,his expertise in this creative field has beenwidely acknowledged by numerous importantresidencies worldwide,viz a residency at the VisbyInternational Composers’Centre in Götland,Swedenin 2009,a residency at the Stiftung kunst:raum syltquelle,in Sylt,Germany in the same year as well asanother residency in Germany in 2009 at KIT:Kunstim Tunnel in Düsseldorf to name but a few.This yearwill seeWebb travelling to Norway for yet anotherresidency at USF Verftet in Bergen,Norway plus a stayat l’Appartement 22 in Rabat,Morocco.Webb has collaborated in many group exhibitionsand has presented five solo exhibitions thusfar. Another solo exhibition in Cape Town willbe staged in 2010 as part of the Blank Projectsentitled One day, all of this will be yours.Auto hagiography3030
  29. 29. Stephen Rosin2009 WinnerThe devil makes hisChristmas pie frompoliticians’ tonguesand bankers’ fingers(2008)Rosin, who is known as‘the pie-maker from Plett’,completed his BTech in Fine Arts at the then PortElizabeth Technikon before entering the family pie-making business, hence the nickname.From 1996 to 2000 his work featured onselected group shows in the Eastern Cape aswell as in Cape Town. In 2007 his work wasagain exhibited at a group exhibition in Kynsnaentitled Art for sale. In the following year Rosinwas amongst the Top 10 Finalists of the AbsaL‘Atelier Exhibition and in the same year hiswork was featured at the Aardklop Arts Festivalin Potchefstroom.Rosin’s research interests lie within contemporarygeopolitics, consumerism and globalism. He is alsohighly critical of the mechanisms and manipulationof economic and financial power usually held byjust a few individuals as can be seen in his winningwork entitled The devil makes his Christmas pie frompoliticians’ tongues and bankers’fingers.3131
  30. 30. PretoriaReading colourMixed media installation200 cm x 200 cm x 200 cm3232
  31. 31. Merit AwardBellvilleDias-seriesPhotography(Triptych)a) 78 cm x 54,5 cmb) 78 cm x 54,5 cmc) 78 cm x 54,5 cm3333
  32. 32. PretoriaSkin disorderOil on canvas122 cm x 121 cmMerit Award3434
  33. 33. Merit AwardCollen MaswanganyiJohannesburgVoko ranawu ri lehile/Long arm of the lawWood and acrylic paint132 cm x 107 cm x 79 cm3535
  34. 34. JohannesburgDie Judasbok/The Judas goatMixed media installation85 cm x 190 cm x 134 cmMerit Award3636
  35. 35. DurbanKwa-MamkhizeMixed media76,5 cm x 56,5 cm x 44,5 cm3737
  36. 36. 1. Vincent Bezuidenhout 2. Abri de Swardt3. Sibusiso Duma 4. Philiswa Lila 5. Maja Marx3838
  37. 37. 6. Collen Maswanganyi 7. Bongumenzi Ngobese8. Ilka van Schalkwyk9. Lyle van Schalkwyk 10. Hanje Whitehead3939
  38. 38. Antelme, Linda BirgitPretoriaLife-linesMixed media(Diptych)a) 190 cm x 73 cm x 84 cmProfile:Antelme was born in 1987 and is currently studying BA(FA)at the University of Pretoria.Description of artwork:Life-lines is an installation of multiple cardboard sculp-tures. These ‘trees’ consist of their trunks and primarylateral branches only with their growth rings exposed onthe surface.What was once alive and rooted is now trans-ported all over the globe in the form of boxes and crates.Trees are valuable for their importance in our survival, butconsumerism is killing off forests by the hour.studying BA(FA)4040
  39. 39. Arendse, GrantBellvilleBaptismDigital photography53 cm x 60 cmProfile:Arendse was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(FA)at the University of Cape Town.Description of artwork:Baptism questions religious faith, the experience of ‘be-lieving’ and why/how this belief manifests itself in anindividual.4141
  40. 40. Bahmann, DirkJohannesburgLifetrace 12 (sectional reading)… elusiveand ephemeral Jozi…Mixed media166,5 cm x 89 cm x 32 cmProfile:Bahmann was born in 1974. He obtained a BAS degree atthe University of the Witwatersrand as well as a BArch atthe same university. He has participated in several exhibi-tions and received several awards.Description of artwork:This work continues an ongoing exploration into a read-ing of the idiosyncrasies that define Johannesburg’s spirit.As a place, Johannesburg resists a wholesome, easy un-derstanding of its landscape, which hinders both a physi-cal and metaphorical navigation through it.Jozi’s nature is ephemeral and elusive in that it is charac-terised by a continuous erasure, rewriting and overwrit-ing of its landscape. Its boundaries are persistently con-tested. Its origins hidden and everything is animated witha sense of speed.The work is a personal attempt to assimilate and digestthe quicksand rush experience of Jozi as it projects itselfonto the retina of Bahmann’s mind. It is a fragmentaryreconstruction of that projection as a cosmological map-ping of his mindscape of the city that he inhabits.4242
  41. 41. Baker, Meredith AnnPretoriaBehind simple things you will find meMixed mediaProfile:Baker was born in 1987. She obtained a BTech degree in Fineand Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology,Pretoria.Description of artwork:This work is not a direct reflection on society or beautybut it is a reflection on how Baker defines beauty. Tofeel, touch and smell skin, can become a controlling fac-tor in our lives. Once in a lifetime, one can feel uncom-fortable in one’s skin.4343
  42. 42. Bezuidenhout, VincentBellvilleScorched earth policyPhotography77 cm x 113,5 cmProfile:Bezuidenhout was born in 1978. He studied for the NationalDiploma in Photography as well as for the BTech degreein Photography at the Central University of Technology,Bloemfontein. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at theMichaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.Description of artwork:Scorched earth policy is a military strategy first employed bythe British Empire during the Anglo Boer War (1879-1915) inSouth Africa. It comprised the burning and destruction ofcrops, homesteads and farms, the poisoning of wells andthe internment of Boer and African women, children andworkers in concentration camps.The Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town was built at anestimated cost of between R3 and R4,5 billion for the 2010FIFA World Cup. During this process, homeless peoplewere removed from the site without providing alternativeaccommodation and a large portion of what used to be apublic green space has now been annexed by FIFA.With thisimage he I wanted to investigate the relationship betweenthe historical dominance of European Colonialism in thiscountry against the current ‘policy’ of corporate Westerngreed and exploitation of emerging economies.4444
  43. 43. Blignaut, Candice DawnBellvilleHere and there, now and thenMixed mediaProfile:Blignaut was born in Johannesburg in 1974.Description of artwork:Sometimes one feels like a number and sometimes lessso. This painting relates to integrity, standing alone andsometimes stronger in company.4545
  44. 44. Bosch, StevenJohannesurgTorchPhotographic printProfile:Bosch was born in 1978 and obtained a BA degree in Busi-ness Communication, cum laude from the North WestUniversity, Potchefstroom. He also completed his MA de-gree in Development Communication at the same univer-sity, which he obtained with distinction.Description of artwork:Symbolically, doves are complex creatures that can belinked to ideas of peace, hope, love, purity, innocence,knowledge, sacrifice, migration, the Diaspora or freedom.In Torch, the dead dove is seen as a light, a flicker of hope,but also a flame of aggression.Figuratively a torch is a symbol of a cause or an ideal thatneeds to be protected and maintained. The term torch-bearer also conjures up the inspiring image of a heroicperson who is a frontrunner for a cause. But in South Afri-can society torch-bearers also become synonymous withunrest, protest and riots. As such, this artwork becomes adichotomous relic: an object from a deceased (holy) per-son’s body, kept in reverence and for its characteristics.4646
  45. 45. Bosman, Johan WolfaardtPolokwaneComposition 6 (girl)Acrylic on glassProfile:Bosman was born in 1987 and is currently studying forhis BTech degree in Fine and Applied Arts at the TshwaneUniversity of Technology, Pretoria.Description of artwork:This artwork deals with the contemporary battlewith utopianism and its destruction of ‘true’ reality.Therefore the artist created a new hyper-reality for thehuman race.4747
  46. 46. Bosman, Johan WolfaardtPolokwaneComposition 5 (dog)Acrylic on glassDescription of artwork:This artwork deals with the contemporary battle withutopianism and its destruction of ‘true’ reality, where thedog becomes the symbol of nature and its connectionwith humanity.4848
  47. 47. Brophy, John RobertJohannesburgThe trolleyMixed mediaProfile:Brophy was born in 1980 and completed his NSC at theNational School of the Arts. He also obtained a diplomafor 3D animation from the Boston Media House.Description of artwork:The work is a small trolley compiled out of found objects.4949
  48. 48. Burchell, JennaPretoriaStemInteractive installationProfile:Burchell was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of Pretoria.Description of artwork:Through building spaces that illustrate the mental ‘in-scape’ of individuals, Burchell aims to play with barriersof visual imagery to find new ways to portray images ofpeople in their context.This interchange is often created through electronicallyinteractive objects stripped down with bereft aesthet-ics, parodying the hard technology with organic beauty.While surrounded by such a flux the viewer can find intheir own mind how each artwork can exhibit the multi-layering of ‘self’ in communication or miscommunicationwith ‘other’.5050
  49. 49. Cachucho, Eduardo Filipe RodriguesJohannesburgCollections 1, 2 & 3Digital prints(Triptych)a) 59,4 cm x 60 cmb) 59,4 cm x 60 cmc) 59,4 cm x 60 cmProfile:Cachucho was born in 1985 and studied BArch at theWitwatersrand University, which he obtained cum laude.He also obtained a MArch Professional degree from theWitwatersrand University.Description of artwork:Collections represents three infamous designers: (1) Vic-tor and Rolf, (2) Viviénne Westwood and (3) DSQUARED2.They represent haute couture, new wave punk and popfashion respectively. Portraits representing the person-ality and presence of the designers are abstracted tothe point just before illustration. Collections tries tomake sense of rampant consumerist culture.5151
  50. 50. Chauke, Phula RichardPolokwaneTo be angry is dangerousWood and paint(Diptych)a) 38 cm x 13 cm x 21 cmProfile:Chauke was born in 1979 and completed grade 10 at theMalenga High School. He has participated in the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:The artist portrays domestic violence by showing howthe grandfather beats his grandson as he failed to letthe cattle graze. He also depicts his grandfather’s angerwith his brother.5252
  51. 51. Chorn, Genevieve SarahEast LondonTransfiguration: Sleeping figureMixed mediaProfile:Chorn was born in 1987 and studied BA(FA) at RhodesUniversity, Grahamstown. She has participated in theAbsa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:Chorn focuses on the processes of change, growth andrenewal. The human skin, which constantly regeneratesitself, is used as a metaphor for personal transformation.5353
  52. 52. Coetzee, GerhardtPort ElizabethOpen space I & IIPhotography(Diptych)a) 69 cm x 95 cmProfile:Coetzee was born in 1983 and studied for the BTech de-gree in Photography at the Nelson Mandela MetropolitanUniversity, Port Elizabeth. He has participated in the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:These works expel the overt fixation with the ‘other’ fromdocumentary photography, while allowing a degree ofour voyeuristic delight to remain intact. In the silence ofsuch absenteeism ‘architecture of time’ presents itself,where the weathering of unseen and unimportant histo-ries descends into even finer states of nothingness. In asense, the spaces photographed, the photographs them-selves and their embedded meaning, all remain open-ended, enshrouded by uncertainty.5454
  53. 53. Danca, Welcome S’phiweDurbanGod helps those who help themselvesAcrylic on canvasProfile:Danca was born in 1978 and obtained a National Diplomain Graphic Design at the Durban Institute of Technology.He has participated in several exhibitions, including theAbsa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2008 and 2009.Description of artwork:A priest visited a Sangoma for a consultation. Priestsdo not condone visits to Sangomas. By visiting the San-goma the priest wants to portray the fact that he is anordinary human being and his church followers shouldrespect him and come to church.5555
  54. 54. De Jesus, Angela VieiraBloemfonteinRear windowVideo installationProfile:De Jesus was born in 1982. She studied BA(FA) as well asMA(FA) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.She has participated in several exhibitions, including theAbsa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004 and 2005.Description of artwork:The video installation investigates the hesitant and fear-ful manner in which we observe and encounter each oth-er in our social microcosms. The videos provide a safe dis-tance of observation for the viewer. They offer voyeuristicglimpses into other people’s lives yet at the same timethey adumbrate the fear-inspired mannerisms that havebecome so potent in our daily dealings. They are entrap-ping and unsettling and they suggest feelings that can bedirectly related to incidences of violence, suspicion, para-noia, apprehension and agoraphobia.5656
  55. 55. De Kock, Margo JannekeBellvilleWholesomeDigital print5757
  56. 56. De Kock, Margo JannekeBellvilleBouquetDigital printProfile:De Kock was born in 1985 and studied BA VisualCommunication Design at the University of Stellenbosch.Description of artworks:Both these works were originally drawn in pen, ink andwatercolour and then digitally composed. It was intendedto form part of a series of illustrations where words werechosen randomly from a dictionary. The illustrations wereinspired by the words. The words ‘wholesome’ and ‘bou-quet’ relate to the image but at the same time juxtaposi-tion is created.5858
  57. 57. De Swardt, Abri StephanusBellvilleDias-seriesPhotography(Triptych)a) 78 cm x 54,5 cmb) 78 cm x 54,5 cmProfile:De Swardt was born in 1988 and is currently studyingBA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch.Description of artwork:Dias is a series of three site-specific photographs;Bartholomeu Dias I :The Sao Christovoa anchors,BartholomeuDias II: Treading upon an unshod shore, and BartholomeuDias III: The vindication of Adamastor (after SalvadorDali and Luis Buñuel), that retrace the first colonial ven-ture into Southern Africa. Shot in situ in Mossel Bay, DeSwardt performed Bartholomeu Dias in a re-enactmentof his landing in 1488 to problematise the hegemonicmasculinity that stems from conquests such as this.5959
  58. 58. De Villiers, KarlienBellvilleI met history onceMixed media installationProfile:De Villiers was born in 1975 and studied BA(FA) in GraphicDesign as well as MA Information Design.Description of artwork:The installation I met history once deals with the complexitiesof history in a post-colonial society like South Africa and isespecially concerned with the forces and tensions of memory,urban renewal and what lies ‘beneath’ the city facade –focussing specifically on CapeTown,where many urban spaces,specific histories and local identifications are rebranded andpackaged to meet the tastes of a generalised elite,imagined interms of cosmopolitanism and globalisation.6060
  59. 59. Duma, Sibusiso RobertDurbanI am dancing with my shadowAcrylic on canvasProfile:Duma was born in 1977 and is a self-taught artist. He hasparticipated in several exhibitions.Description of artwork:The artist loves his shadow as it is always there.Whateverhe does, his shadow does the same.6161
  60. 60. Duncan, Suzanne Elizabeth BeavanBellvilleDoilies IHuman hairProfile:Duncan was born in 1981 and studied BA(FA) at theMichaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Shehas participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008where she was chosen as one of the top ten finalists. Shealso participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:The hair in this piece is knotted into unnatural geometricshapes; these objects concern the ever-present adaptationof women’s bodies into contrived states. The artist used herown hair as an example of the constant attempt to controlour bodies, the attempt to fit into social structures as wellas the hierarchy of body matter, such as the removal of bodyhair in particular areas and the styling and romanticising ofother hair.6262
  61. 61. East, Anthony DavidBellvilleThe problem with being God these daysMixed mediaProfile:East was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) at the MichaelisSchool of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He has partici-pated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:The work is a visual play on a quotation often attribut-ed to Albert Einstein: ‘If bees were to die out, mankindwould only have four years to live’.An origami bee was made and folded from very thinlyrolled silver, coated in gold. It addresses perceived val-ues and complex fragilities that can easily be over-looked. It also questions notions of preservation andpower over the environment.6363
  62. 62. Erasmus, BrendonPretoriaThe earth gives birth to her deadMixed mediaProfile:Erasmus was born in 1988 and studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Tech-nology, Pretoria. He is currently studying for the BTech(FA)degree at the same institution.Description of artwork:The title of the work refers to conjectural and dogmaticevents. The events amplify an ‘insistent feminist voice’,moaning as her sepulchral zero hour commences, andaudible to those who listen intuitively.6464
  63. 63. Erasmus, Marthinus Stephanus (Stephan)JohannesburgLand/SoundscapePaperProfile:Erasmus was born in 1976. He studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Witwatersrand Technikon aswell as for the BTech(FA) degree at the WitwatersrandTechnikon. He also completed a Masters degree in Fine Artsat the University of the Witwatersrand. He has participatedin several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibitionin 2000 as well as the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004,2006 and 2008,where he was selected as one of the top tenfinalists. In 2009 he was selected as a Merit Award Winnerof the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition.Description of artwork:Theworkexploressimilaritiesin thestructuresoflandscapesand soundscapes in their physical reconstruction. Theconstruction of this Land/Soundscape uses the lyrics from‘Nobody’s Baby Now’ by Nick Cave, as a starting point. Thetext was selected as it draws a parallel between the artist’scurrent exploration of land and muse.The work explores theproblematic relationship focusing on ideas of ownership ofthe country through the encryption of selected text into avisual format.6565
  64. 64. Erasmus, Nicole LaurenDurbanMemory boxMixed mediaProfile:Erasmus was born in 1986. She studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Durban University ofTechnology.She is currently studying for the BTech(FA) degree at thesame institution.Description of artwork:Each slip cast has a paper memory placed inside it, in-accessible to the viewer. The bottles are containers formemory, representing the way we compartmentalisememories. Often we are not able to access things as theyare forgotten as our thoughts become vague.6666
  65. 65. Erasmus, Nicole LaurenDurbanEmbalmMixed mediaDescription of artwork:Erasmus has wrapped found objects in gauze, reminis-cent of a web-like structure. The work speaks of trying topreserve precious material objects in an attempt to holdon to memories associated with the objects.6767
  66. 66. Foli, Jessica Philile MawuienaEast LondonSelf-portrait I & IIMixed mediaProfile:Foli was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(FA) atRhodes University, Grahamstown.Description of artwork:These self-portraits play on the stereotypes surroundingskin colour, ethnicity and ‘blackness’ in particular. The oneself-portrait’s features are distorted to resemble thoseof a monkey. This work also plays on the stereotypes of‘black’ people being compared to monkeys.6868
  67. 67. Fuller, St John James ZairPretoriaSwart gevaar trumpsMixed mediaProfile:Fuller was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA). He hasparticipated in several exhibitions, including the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibitions in 2007, 2008 and 2009.Description of artwork:Swart gevaar trumps is a blend of urban myth and re-ality. Real people have been presented with traits thathave been assigned to them without any rational foun-dation. These qualities are completely fictional. Eachsubject has been evaluated with the utmost prejudicein mind. No one is seen with any redemptive qualities.6969
  68. 68. Gauntlett, Alice FrancesBellvilleNothing butPhotographyProfile:Gauntlett was born in 1988 and is currently studyingBA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University ofCape Town.Description of artwork:Based on Alice in Wonderland the work reflects the mo-ment of relief and wildness when you accept your fearsand dismiss them.7070
  69. 69. Gauntlett, Alice FrancesBellvilleDominancePhotographyDescription of artwork:This work deals with some of the imagery of anorexia andeating disorders, trying to keep it away from body issuesyet remaining in the lexicon.7171
  70. 70. Geldenhuys, Amber JadeJohannesburgGrey as you go 1, 2 & 3Digital prints(Triptych)a) 86 cm x 63 cmb) 86 cm x 63 cmProfile:Geldenhuys was born in 1982 and studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg.She is currently studying for the BTech(FA) degree at thesame university.Description of artwork:This work has been shot through the artist’s car windowwhile raining and also refers to her presence as the un-seen observer. The prints are each a still that form partof a narrative, working sequentially to enhance meaning.She attempts to show how people affect each other with-in the context of post-colonial South Africa, underneaththe umbrella of big business.Grey as you go, still No 1, depicts the anticipation of an-other figure entering. Still No 2, depicts how the otherperson’s energy or matter eclipses the first figure in pass-ing and how the two figures pretend not to acknowledgeeach other. In still No 3, there is an increased distortion.Profile: of a narrative, working sequentially to enhance meaning.7272
  71. 71. Grobler, LizaBellvilleEasy access scarfOld keys and chainProfile:Grobler was born in 1974. She studied BA(FA) as well asMA(FA), which she obtained with distinction from theUniversity of Stellenbosch. She has participated in sev-eral exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.Description of artwork:Easy access scarf is a visual pun on the feather boa as-sociated with the good life and high society. In South Af-rica, even more so than in most other places, daily life isruled by locks, gates and burglar bars. The saying holdstrue that one can measure a person’s responsibilities bythe size of their bunch of keys. One carries the weight ofyour duties quite literally: the more VIP entry points, theheavier the load. This holds true for all of us: by believingthat whatever is locked away is safe and saved, we ironi-cally feed our own personal claustrophobia.7373
  72. 72. Gutter, Pauline GertruidaBloemfonteinBoer soulOil on woodTwenty-one-part30 cm x 24 cm eachProfile:Gutter was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She hasparticipated in several exhibitions, including the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007and 2009.Description of artwork:The Boer soul portraits are all part of a series of paintingsthat depicts ordinary farmers.These common farmers annu-ally attend the Nampo Harvest Day at Bothaville and this iswhere Gutter went to capture their unique facial featuresin order to bring them to life in oils. They appear relaxed ontheir day out; randomly they emerge surprised at her ap-pearance to seize the moment of their personal space.7474
  73. 73. Hatherly, Sasha ClarePort ElizabethUntitledPhotographic printProfile:Hatherly was born in 1986 and obtained the BTech degreein Photography from the Nelson Mandela MetropolitanUniversity, Port Elizabeth.Description of artwork:The photograph illustrates a panoramic image made outof two images, which have been ‘stiched’ together digital-ly. It depicts an abandoned air-force base and an old mili-tary vehicle, which has been discarded against a fence. Onthe horizon the modern structures of the working airportcan be seen while the buildings, which once housed manymilitary aeroplanes and vehicles, are left to deteriarate.This place where old abandoned structures and devicesof a former system have been laid to rest invokes a senseof sadness. The anticipation of the future juxtaposesvisually in this image, which has been altered to create aheightened feeling of antiquity and lost stories.7575
  74. 74. Hewson, Daniel Peter GlynEast LondonSeries – school killingsDry-point print(Diptych)a) 56 cm x 67,5 cmProfile:Hewson was born 1987 and is currently studying BA(FA) atRhodes University, Grahamstown.Description of artwork:This body of work using notions of surveillance looks atkillings and acts of violence at schools in South Africa.This series uses new technology such as Google Earth andtransfers it into a traditional print form.7676
  75. 75. Hofmeyr, Juliet AnneJohannesburgNoiseVideoProfile:Hofmeyr was born in 1977 and studied BA Arts and Cultureat Unisa.Description of artwork:Video is about how communication is interrupted bytechnology. The phone is an obstacle to communication.It is so disgusting that one does not want to touch it butthe message might be important. The machine (phone)instructs the protagonist to switch the camera (theviewer) off, while we are not watching – it devours us.The film raises questions about our obsessive need fortechnological advancement and its effect on our lives.7777
  76. 76. Janse van Rensburg, DanélleJohannesburgRooikruis/Red CrossWoodProfile:Janse van Rensburg was born in 1985 and studied for theNational Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane Universityof Technology, Pretoria. She also obtained a BTech(FA) de-gree from the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.She has participated in several exhibitions, including theAbsa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008.Description of artwork:The connected little girls in a piece such as Rooikruis/RedCross offer a voice to the lost (and found) connectionswith oneself, others and the environment. The little girlsrepresent stillness and contemplation in a modern soci-ety completely lost in noise. Stillness is all.7878
  77. 77. Profile:Keyser was born in 1985 and studied for the National Di-ploma in Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane Universityof Technology, Pretoria. He has participated in several ex-hibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008.Description of artwork:In the past, it seems people were very proud of their work.You worked for your meagre income and you created yourown happiness. Today it is as if everybody complains andnobody is happy anymore. Die werk is die dans presents aworld where you do the work that you enjoy.Keyser, David Johannes Petrus (Duif)PretoriaDie werk is die dansBronze and mild steel7979
  78. 78. Laue, Alhyrian Albert BishopPort ElizabethThe scales caress the teethMixed media8080
  79. 79. Laue, Alhyrian Albert BishopPort ElizabethWe will trust the hands from this lower positionMixed mediaProfile:Laue was born in 1985 and obtained the BTech(FA) de-gree with distinction from the Nelson Mandela Metro-politan University, Port Elizabeth. He has participated inthe Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008 where he received aMerit Award.Description of artworks:The research and thinking surrounding the work exam-ines recontextualised objects in the realm of art as indi-vidual signifiers. The anthropogenic origins of these ob-jects, in their new context, still signify the functions theyonce performed but in the assemblage they gain poten-tial for new interpretations.Profile8181
  80. 80. Lila, PhiliswaPretoriaSkin disorderOil on canvasProfile:Lila was born in 1988 and studied for the National Diplo-ma in Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane Universityof Technology, Pretoria. She is currently studying for theBTech(FA) degree at the same institution. She has partici-pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’AtelierExhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:Skin disorder is based on the artist’s theme of paintingskin – Animal skin from sheep, goats and cows. It madeher think of the different skin diseases and how each oneof these animals’ skin differ.8282
  81. 81. Lüneburg, NathaniPretoriaContrap(c)tionMixed mediaProfile:Lüneburg was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of Pretoria. She also studied MA(FA) at the Uni-versity of Pretoria. She has participated in several exhibi-tions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2004 whereshe was selected as one of the top ten finalists. She alsoparticipated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005 and2006. She was selected as a Merit Award Winner in 2006.She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in2007 and 2009.Description of artwork:This artwork represents the aesthetics of contemporarytime in terms of technology versus the traditional ar-tistic representation of the female body. Today’s tech-nologically advanced culture, almost replaces tradition-al beauty (the female body) with one of undecorated,yet attractive, geometrical solids (technology).8383
  82. 82. Luvhimbi Mushe JaphterPolokwaneThe power of loveWoodProfile:Luvhimbi was born in 1982 and completed Grade 12 at theHermen Technical School. He is a self-taught artist. He hasparticipated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2006.Description of artwork:This sculpture depicts a man shielding himself from a mon-ster with a love shaped spear. This symbolises where thereis love, there is power. In a marriage based on true love thespouses protect each other from HIV/Aids,degradation andabuse unlike in a marriage based on material love.8484
  83. 83. Marx, Maja (Neé Pfeiffer)JohannesburgPile: Feint & marginBlanketsProfile:Marx was born in 1977 and studied for the BTech(FA) de-gree at the Technikon Pretoria. She also obtained a MA(FA)degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She hasparticipated in several exhibitions, including the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibitions in 1999, 2000 and 2008.Description of artwork:Pile: Feint & margin, is an installation piece consisting ofa large exercise book; and a selection of custom printedblankets. Each empty page in the book is represented bya blanket printed with a margin and faint lines. The workis displayed with its front cover folded open to resemble abed. In South Africa, the blanket forms an intrinsic part ofthe traditional culture and heritage. It is also seen as animportant agent in most marriage ceremonies, processesof bereavement, the coronation of leaders and initiationceremonies. It also features prominently in the languageof daily travel and in historical or heritage citations suchas the Basuto culture, with its Seana Marena and VictoriaEngland blankets, as well as the Ndebele people with theUmbalo blanket.8585
  84. 84. Maswanganyi, CollenJohannesburgVoko ranawu ri lehile/Long arm of the lawWood and acrylicProfile:Maswanganyi was born in the village of Noblehook, Giyani,in 1977. He obtained the National Diploma in Fine Arts atthe Technikon of the Witwatersrand. His father, the well-known sculptor Johannes Maswanganyi, taught himwoodcarving. He has participated in several exhibitionsnationally and internationally. He was selected as one ofthe top ten finalists of the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001.Description of artwork:The Long arm of the law is like a neck of a giraffe that seesthings from far and eats the leaves from the highest branch.The long arm of the law catches the high flyers and smartcriminals who think they will easily cover their tracks.k, Giyani,e Arts athe well-ht himhibitionss one ofn 2001.hat seest branch.d smart8686
  85. 85. Mdluli, Andile KoketsoJohannesburgEccentric teapot addicted to trash and murderCeramic8787
  86. 86. Mdluli, Andile KoketsoJohannesburgEccentric teapot addicted to trash and murderCeramic14,5 cm x 30 cm x 14 cmProfile:Mdluli was born in 1984 and did a course in ceramics.Description of artworks:Mdluli’s work portrays war and violence and how we haveaccommodated it in our daily lives. The work relates tohow we use war, killing and violence in the name of de-mocracy. We know that it exists and happens around usbut we continue with our lives and tell ourselves that it isnot our problem, not realising that it is there because ofour acceptance of it.8888
  87. 87. Moys Anthea Julian DineoJohannesburgPlaying with Pirates: Leap into the…Photography8989
  88. 88. Moys Anthea Julian DineoJohannesburgPlaying with Pirates: Scoring a tryPhotography9090
  89. 89. Moys Anthea Julian DineoJohannesburgPlaying with Pirates: ScrumPhotographyProfile:Moys was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) as well asMA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She hasparticipated in several exhibitions, including the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibition in 2008.Description of artworks:In Playing with pirates, Moys worked with the Pirates Jun-ior Rugby team. In this performance she plays the role ofthe ball.Throwing oneself into unfamiliar territory alwaysinvolves risk. It asks of both performer and participant toengage in a shared space of play. For modern humans, thisis a risky proposition, for there are no winners or losers inthis rugby game. The outcome is the experience.Profile Description of artworks9191
  90. 90. Naidoo, Shogan GanasJohannesburgMonitor emitting lightVideo installation50 secProfile:Naidoo was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of the Witwatersrand. He is currently readingfor an MA(FA) at the same university.Description of artwork:His work explores an encounter that could be consideredbanal. It is the encounter between a viewer and theirtelevision set. This encounter takes place daily andwithout reflection. In his work he wishes to reflect on thisencounter, reconstructing the unconscious pact betweenviewer and image on television as site of trauma or a formof representational violence.9292
  91. 91. Nanise, Zwelethu ZandisileJohannesburgFamily portraitCharcoal and linseed oil on paperProfile:Nanise was born in 1985 and is currently studying forthe National Diploma in Fine Arts at the University ofJohannesburg.Description of artwork:His drawings explore WJT Mitchell’s notion of the imageas a living thing. He looks at old family portraits and triesto assess how one can connect the present with the past.9393
  92. 92. Ngobese, Bongumenzi SibongiseniDurbanKwa-MamkhizeMixed mediaProfile:Ngobese was born in 1987 and studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Durban University of Technol-ogy. He has participated in several exhibitions.Description of artwork:His work deals with migration and identity. He exploresand questions political issues surrounding migrationand identity particularly in the informal settlements.Through his investigation, Ngobese looks at social activi-ties shaped by people who move from one location to an-other. He explores how social activities impacts on spaceand how space impacts on people.9494
  93. 93. Norval, AnetDurbanBryer: Rooi, ribbok, ramMixed mediaProfile:Norval was born in 1980 and studied for the BTech(FA)degree at the Durban University of Technology. She is cur-rently reading for an MTech(FA) degree at the same uni-versity. She has participated in several exhibitions, includ-ing the Absa L’Atelier exhibitions in 2005, 2006 and 2008.In 2006 she was selected as a Merit Award Winner of theAbsa L’Atelier Art Competition.Description of artwork:The work consists of three pieces of knitted blocks, whichwas knitted by Norval’s mother. The different images re-flect a rhyme she used to say as a child to practice to saythe letter ‘r’. When an Afrikaans speaking person cannotpronounce the letter ‘r’ correctly it is known as ‘bry’. Thesoundplay therefore, could also reflect on the idea of knit-ting but the chosen imagery displays the rhyme.9595
  94. 94. Ox, MeaPretoriaSoft restraintMixed mediaProfile:Ox was born in 1986 and studied for the BTech(FA) degreeat the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. She iscurrently reading for an MTech(FA) degree at the sameuniversity.Description of artwork:In the work Soft restraint, softness and warmth is playedoff against coldness, involvement against detachmentand the need to control against the inevitable inability tocontrol. The use of the cotton buds suggests a softening ofedges, enveloping warmth, a cocooning effect. Conversely,restraint implies a restriction and limitation of movement,action or emotion and an avoidance of excess. Soft restraintrefers to the restriction – a ‘softening’ of deviant behaviourby means of medication, cognitive therapy, self-restraintor suppression.9696
  95. 95. Ox, MeaPretoriaAblutionMixed media(Four-part)a) 48 cm x 48 cmb) 39,5 cm x 39,5 cmc) 35 cm x 35 cmDescription of artwork:Ablution refers to the incessant removal of the unwanted,the uncalled for and the unpleasant; the control of ex-cess, the taming of the unruly and the eradication of thesocially unacceptable. In this context the word ‘ablution’refers not only to the cleansing of the body or religiouspurification, but also to the psychological ablution andthe social grooming that the individual is subjected to (orsubjects herself to).9797
  96. 96. Pretorius, AletPretoriaSiloPhotography71,5 cm x 96,5 cmProfile:Pretorius was born in 1980 and studied BJourn at RhodesUniversity, Grahamstown. She has participated in severalexhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:This photograph falls into the category of Pictorialism.A ‘soft’, ‘dreamy’ almost painting-like effect is created bymovement, a shallow depth of field and a softer focus.This form of photography was widely practised in theearly years of photography when photographers tried toimitate painters.9 ,59898
  97. 97. Pretorius, Lorinda SamanthaPort ElizabethUncontrollable imaginationGlass, oxide and sandblasting9999
  98. 98. Profile:Pretorius was born in 1987 and studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela MetropolitanUniversity, Port Elizabeth. She has participated in severalexhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artworks:On each piece of glass a part of the form is depicted tocreate the illusion of a complete three-dimensional formonce all the sheets of glass are arranged in a specific or-der. These abstract forms are illusions of many phobicthoughts.The fear that something bad is going to happenis often not true. These thoughts are illusory.Pretorius, Lorinda SamanthaPort ElizabethThe marvellous deceives tooGlass and oxide100100
  99. 99. Qapa, DinisileEast LondonSaturday morningOil on canvasProfile:Qapa was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) at RhodesUniversity, Grahamstown. He has participated in severalexhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2001and 2004.Description of artwork:The painting reflects the true story of Saturday morning,15 August 2009. The work depicts a shack burnt down.Qapa helped with its rebuilding. The woman lying on thesofa is the owner of this shack; here she is relaxing af-ter so many hours of hard work. Outside one can see theevidence of the damage caused by the fire. For now she issafe and looks forward to start all over again.101101
  100. 100. Qapa, DinisileEast LondonTaxi rankOil on canvasDescription of artwork:This painting shows the busy taxi rank in East London withlots of business activities taking place around the area.102102
  101. 101. Rihlampfu, Nkhensani HeraldPretoriaSelf-portraitInk on paperProfile:Rihlampfu was born in 1988 and is currently studying forthe National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane Univer-sity of Technology, Pretoria.Description of artwork:Rihlampfu depicts his own face thereby trying to high-light the ordinary man and how special every man is.Ordinary people are important in their own world andtherefore he wants to glorify them and bring them to theattention of the public.103103
  102. 102. Rissik, Olivia Jade AlexandriaPort ElizabethThe Grim brothers: Colonel Mustard and Bully BeefMixed media(Diptych)a) 150,5 cm x 32 cm x 37 cmProfile:Rissik was born in 1987 and studied for the National Di-ploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela MetropolitanUniversity, Port Elizabeth. She is currently studying for herBTech(FA) degree at the same university.Description of artwork:This body of work consists of sculptures representingcharacters influenced by the weird and unnatural. Theconcept behind the characters is the darker side of fanta-sy, a realm existing between nightmares and science fic-tion. Rissik’s characters live in the plains of Livian, a worldthat exists entirely in her mind. It’s a place she travels towhether by conscious decision or not. She finds herselfvisiting it in her dreams and waking moments; it is a partof her, realised in a thought. The characters relate to thatpart of her which is the darker ‘other’. Whether directly orindirectly, they form Livian and she created it.104104
  103. 103. Salzwedel, Heidi LieslEast LondonUrban interactions (Hammer)Mixed media installationProfile:Salzwedel was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at RhodesUniversity, Grahamstown. She is currently studying for aPostgraduate Certificate in Education at the same university.Description of artwork:The city of Grahamstown depends on the National ArtsFestival for a significant part of its annual revenue, yetbeneath the facade of diversity in arts and culture that istemporarily crammed into one city bowl, is the reality of itsfluctuating unemployment rate; oscillating between sixtyto eighty percent.This reality, which is evident to local civil-ians, is highlighted in the mixed media installation.105105
  104. 104. Sibiya, Jose BamboJohannesburgShe holds a knife by the bladeEmbossed etchings(Diptych)a) 110,5 cm x 81,5 cmProfile:Sibiya was born in 1986. He studied a three-year course inPrintmaking at the Artist Proof Studio.f l Description of artwork:She holds a knife by the blade portrays social family issueswhere the man uses his strength to abuse women. Sibiyagrew up under such circumstances. He had an alcoholicfamily member and his sister ended up on the streets as aresult of these issues.106106
  105. 105. Smit, Frans JohannesBellvilleRoom by the hourOil on canvasProfile:Smit was born in 1976 and studied for the National Diplo-ma in Photography at the Technikon Free State, Bloemfon-tein. He has participated in several exhibitions, includingthe Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008.Description of artwork:Room by the hour portrays a bedroom, which refers tothe Afrikaans saying ‘As die mure kon praat’.107107
  106. 106. Snodgrass, Stacy LeePort ElizabethFine dust seriesGlass(Five-part)a) 18 cm x 13 cmb) 18 cm x 13 cmc) 19 cm x 14.5 cmd) 18 cm x 14.5 cmProfile:Snodgrass was born in 1987 and studied for the NationalDiploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela MetropolitanUniversity, Port Elizabeth.Description of artwork:Snodgrass explores the concept of female sexuality in re-lation to cells and how they function. Cells are what weare made of. It is the blood and flesh of our physical being.To translate the idea she uses images of microscopic pol-len as a metaphor for female sexuality and fertility. Shelooks at how women are perceived, specifically sexually.Breasts, ovaries and uteri identify them as seed carriersor vessels.Pollen means fine dust in Latin and relates to the mediumand method of Pete de Vere, where glass is crushed intoa fine powder, then melted down to become solid again.The forms are deliberately made very thin and fragile toshow the broken segments and cracks in the glass, whichrefers to the vulnerability of nature.108108
  107. 107. Steyn, Antonia DignaBellvilleSteyn and De VilliersPhotographic installation(Six-part)Profile:Steyn was born in 1978 and studied BA(Hons) at theUniversity of Cape Town, which she obtained cum laude.Description of artwork:In October 2007 her surname changed. It marks the begin-ning of this journey. Steyn was her maiden name. By mar-riage it became De Villiers. This is a circular journey, start-ing in the Western Cape where she currentlylives and meandering down to the Free State where hermost recent ancestors are buried, and where she wasborn and raised.She visited six graveyards and recreated these historicalspaces for herself. In these spaces, she photographed peoplerepresentative of each place.109109
  108. 108. Steyn, Daniël Petrus DreyerPretoriaJohantjieVideoProfile:Steyn was born in 1984 and studied BA(FA) at the Universityof Pretoria. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at thesame university. He has participated in several exhibitions,including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008.Description of artwork:In this work Steyn has taken two portrait photographs,one of himself and one of his subject. Over a time spanof five minutes the images slowly blend into one anotherand back again. The transition is almost imperceptibleand one hardly notices the subtle changes before one isfaced with the new, separate and independent identity.110110
  109. 109. Steyn, Daniël Petrus DreyerPretoriaLenahVideoDescription of artwork:In the video artwork Lenah, Steyn has utilised an imageof his own face and slowly changed it into the face ofLenah Motlhasebe, a domestic worker in his home sincehis birth, and a second mother figure in his life. Sheforms a distinct counterpoint to his own young, whitemale Afrikaner demographic.111111
  110. 110. Swart, Johanna ChristinaPretoria86070300110086 F.A.D.E.Mixed media installationProfile:Swart was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of Pretoria.Description of artwork:With this work Swart critically interrogates notions sur-rounding the search for identity and the subsequenterasure thereof through the process of recording and ar-chiving the photographic portrait. In the work, the endur-ing traces of a mass-produced ID portrait, as well as thesimultaneous erasure of those traces, become evident.Therefore, this work signifies a ‘system’ or ‘profile’ or iden-tikit of sorts, where a manufactured identity of your ‘self’is referred to and even locatable, but where you are in ac-tual fact absent and do not exist.112112
  111. 111. Swarts, TalitaBellvilleIllumination IIMixed media installationProfile:Swarts was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) as well asMA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. She has participatedin several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibi-tions in 2004 and 2007.Description of artwork:Illumination II comments on illiteracy in South Africa aswell as on the illuminating potential of literature andthe contemplative nature of knowledge and insight.113113
  112. 112. Taljaard, Johannes Zacharias (Zach)Port ElizabethFinding myself in the middlePhotographic printProfile:Taljaard was born in 1978 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of Pretoria. He has participated in severalexhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in2000, 2003 and 2007.Description of artwork:Taljaard’s work follows an autobiographical route, sculp-turally documenting a personal journey through thephases of becoming. In this two-sided self-portrait theartist referenced seven of his previous sculptural installa-tions to construct a staged environment, juxtaposing dif-ferent key figures to create visual and conceptual tension.114114
  113. 113. Tshivhandakano, NdwamatoThohoyandouSecret prayerLinocutProfile:Tshivhandakano was born in 1982 and studied art forfour years at the Montongoni Art Academy. He hasparticipated in several exhibitions, including the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.Description of artwork:The artist was inspired by his mother, who is regarded asa prophetess in their community. She often engaged insecret prayers before she could heal people who came toher for consultation. He grew up seeing mysterious thingshappening at home. Candles were some of the objectsshe used in her prayers.115115
  114. 114. Tshivhandakano, NdwamatoThohoyandouDomba danceLinocutDescription of artwork:Domba is the most respected girls’ initiation schoolwhere girls, according to the Venda culture, are taughtgood manners and sex education. Domba is also a prepa-ration for young maidens to become good wives and itis the last stage (initiation) before they become women.This dance is performed at the Chief’s place under theguidance of the elders.116116
  115. 115. Van der Merwe, AronéPretoriaMemoryMixed mediaProfile:Van der Merwe was born in 1986 and studied for theBTech(FA) degree at the Tshwane University of Technol-ogy, Pretoria. She has participated in several exhibitions,including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008.Description of artwork:This work is about memory. Memory could be triggeredby smell, sight, sound, taste or feeling. In this artwork,the memory of my grandfather (her role model), is trig-gered by the smell of his body odour, the sight of hishats and the sound of his sniffling. It is almost as ifshe meets her grandfather every time she smells, seesor hears this artwork, although he died almost 16 yearsago. The hats used in this artwork belonged to hergrandfather, which he wore on the farm/race courseand to church. This work also represents a universaltheme, namely that the artwork could bring back mem-ories to the viewer of somebody who they currentlyknow or have known in the past.117117
  116. 116. Van der Vyver, Cornelia MariaPretoriaCodedMixed mediaProfile:Van der Vyver was born in 1977 and is currently studyingBA(VA) at Unisa.Description of artwork:Technology and globalisation has created a complete en-vironment with an impact that affects not only our com-munication but also business, the worker and economy.Thus information is more than the mere content of com-munication but also involves social practices that engen-der a social reality.118118
  117. 117. Van der Watt, ClairePretoriaDisposableDigital photographic printProfile:Van der Watt was born in 1979 and studied BTech(FA), atthe Witwatersrand Technikon, which she obtained cumlaude. She also studied MTech(FA) degree at the Universi-ty of Johannesburg, which she obtained with distinction.Then a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Unisa andis currently a teacher at Parktown High School for girls.Digital photoDescription of artwork:The artwork consists of a photograph of the head of asculpture. This head was exposed to the elements forover three years and has undergone a process of decom-position. Whilst the original sculpture was a simulationof human flesh, the weathering has in some areas re-inforced the idea of human skin, whilst in others high-lighted the fact that this character is merely a sculpture,speaking of the natural and the artificial or man-made,as well as the relationship between the two.119119
  118. 118. Van Eeden, WesleyDurbanThe world is flat and everything is okMixed mediaProfile:Van Eeden was born in 1979 and obtained his BTech de-gree in Graphic Design from the Durban University ofTechnology.Description of artwork:The world is flat and everything is ok explores the theme oftaking a look at one’s life and questioning one’s existencein modern-day society. The idea of taking courage in one’slife, to think about the predicaments in our lives throughtrue introspection, is to seek the true self.D i ti f t k120120
  119. 119. Van Loggerenberg, YolandéPretoriaThe fleeting momentOil on canvasProfile:Van Loggerenberg was born in 1988 and is currently studyingBA(FA) at the University of Pretoria.Description of artwork:This artwork deals with our inability to capture time.Each moment is so fleeting that we are unable to ac-curately record it in memory, thus it becomes a blur thatbecomes more and more abstracted over time. In thispainting the viewer looks through a window towardsan image that is rapidly disappearing. The motion blurdirectly connotes to the abstracting speed of time. Thiswork speaks of everything we pass by… and that pass usby… in the course of a lifetime.121121
  120. 120. Van Schalkwyk, Ilka JeannePretoriaReading colourMixed media installationProfile:Van Schalkwyk was born in 1986 and obtained a BA(FA)degree cum laude from the University of Pretoria.Description of artwork:The work deals with the condition called synaesthesia,which occurs when one’s senses become crossed, e.g. let-ters of the alphabet turn into colour. Van Schalkwyk usedher alphabet of colour to translate Haroun and the seaof stories by Salman Rushdie into colour to create an artbook. Important pages are enlarged and accompanied byprotest songs. The work deals with freedom of expres-sion. Each protest song contains a coloured word, whichis found on the page. This is the key to decipher the book.122122
  121. 121. Van Schalkwyk, Jacobus JohannesJohannesburgSacrifice: My mother’s dressMixed mediaProfile:Van Schalkwyk was born in 1981 and is currently studyingBA at Unisa.Description of artwork:The work ventures to investigate the discourse on themulti-layered concepts of ‘Sacrifice’ in the areas of theprofane and the sacred. This investigation occurs withinthe context, imagery, spaces and the ideology of his owncultural, religious and social environments. By implicationit endeavours to give credence to the incompleteness ofmaterial and carnal sacrifice as compared to the com-plete and perfect redemptive sacrifice of the atonement.123123
  122. 122. Van Schalkwyk, LyleJohannesburgBlou van onse hemelOil on canvasProfile:Van Schalkwyk was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA) atthe Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town, which he didn’tcomplete.Description of artwork:The work takes as its title the most important part of theintroductory line of ‘Die Stem’, South Africa’s national an-them during the oppressive regime of the apartheid gov-ernment. Blou van onse hemel presents the lone figureof a white male Afrikaner officer from the South AfricanPolice Force crime-prevention unit, overlooking the sparselandscape and monumental, yet now abandoned, guttedand defunct Transrand railway station, which is just northof the thriving Kazerne/City Deep railway and freightingyards in Johannesburg. The derelict structure is now usedas an informal dump-site and the few enclosed spacesthere are inhabited by squatters.124124
  123. 123. Wargau, Fabian OliverPretoriaMGNTC: VHS: 12 - InterlacedMixed mediaProfile:Wargau was born in 1984 and studied BA(VA) at Unisa,which he obtained cum laude. He has participated in severalexhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009.Description of artwork:Wargau’s original concept concerning the dripping of ac-tuality has been taken one step further with this seriesof video tape works. The process is still about mediationand the visual-electronic image itself; however the ideahas been tweaked to work directly with the source of theelectronic image – the magnetic video tape found insidea cassette. Here the painterly images imposed on the tapecan be understood as an indirectly embodied version ofthe images on the tape itself.125125
  124. 124. Wilmot, Cassandra AlexisEast LondonAfter-image IEtchingProfile:Wilmot was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(FA)at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.Description of artwork:This work explores notions around privacy and access,personal security and policing. By using innocent every-day objects, which may or may not appear threatening ina technique that mimics the aesthetic of x-ray machinesin airports, the work comments on surveillance andthe use of invasive security measures, which have beenheightened in recent years. It also alludes to the seem-ingly innocent items prohibited when travelling by plane -and the ease of accessing information to learn how to usesimple items like these to manufacture harmful devices.126126
  125. 125. Whitehead, Johanna Jacoba (Hanje)JohannesburgDie Judasbok/The Judas goatMixed media installation85 cm x 190 cm x 134 cmProfile:Whitehead was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of Pretoria. She is currently reading for anMA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. She has partici-pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’AtelierExhibitions in 2007, 2008 and 2009.Description of artwork:The installation depicts an old carpet, an old and usedLazy-boy chair, five maggots, and a remote control of anabsent television.The conceptualisation of the installation is concernedwith the investigation of denial of objective involvementtowards another injury, death, victimisation of reality. Theprocess is manifested through the comfort-zone thattechnology gives or provides us.Di127127
  126. 126. 1986WinnerPenny SiopisMerit Award WinnersDeborah BellAndrew BreebaartDennis PurvisSimon Stone1987WinnerClive van den BergMerit Award WinnersAndries BothaPhilippa HobbsTommy MotswaiKarel Nel1988WinnerDiane VictorMerit Award WinnersKay CowleyGuy du ToitJohann LouwMargaret Vorster1989WinnerHennie StroebelMerit Award WinnersCaroline JonesWalter OltmannGiulio TambelliniJeremy Wafer1990WinnerBarend de WetMerit Award WinnersAndrew BreebaartJean BruwerGuy du ToitJudy Woodborne1991WinnerVirginia MacKennyMerit Award WinnersNicole DonaldRuth MilehamJohann van der SchijffPierre van der Westhuizen1992WinnerPaul EdmundsMerit Award WinnersWayne BarkerMarc EdwardsDominic ThorburnMinette Vári1993WinnerDominic ThorburnMerit Award WinnersSiemon AllenDiek GroblerAdam LetchRussel Scott1994WinnerJonathan ComerfordMerit Award WinnersAndrew PutterKevin RobertsHenk SerfonteinAlastair Whitton1995WinnerKevin RobertsMerit Award WinnersMoses CetywayoGordon FroudDiek GroblerPeet Pienaar1996WinnerIsaac KhanyileMerit Award WinnersHanneke BenadéWim BothaSamkelo BunuBerco Wilsenach1997WinnerIlse PahlMerit Award WinnersLucas BamboCecile HeystekKim LiebermanRichardt Strydom(Known as Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition up to 1998 and from 1999 to 2001 known as Absa Atelier Competition)128128

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