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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 Absa L’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, the French Institute and the French Embassy as sponsors of the Gerard Sekoto Award for the last seven years. We recognise that patrons are as important in the world of the arts as shareholders are in the world of finance. The works entered for this competition are truly symbols of freedom and creativity and we are very proud to have them in the Absa Gallery. We would like to thank all the artists who created these valuable works of art; they have made our world a more interesting, dynamic and socially relevant place. It requires courage and boldness to achieve this and we applaud them for their efforts. We hope that this competition will continue for many years as a platform for all the wonderful artistic talent in our country. Maria Ramos Group Chief Executive 1
  2. 2. The Absa L’Atelier Award The Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is presented annually by Absa in conjunction with SANAVA (South African Na- tional Association for the Visual Arts). It is a competition for young artists in the age group 21 to 35 years. Works of art were selected in Bellville, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannes- burg, East London, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Pretoria and Thohoyandou by a local panel of selectors guided by Gwen Miller on behalf of the National President of SANAVA. The selected works of art have been sent to Johannesburg for final adjudication. National selection panel Gwen Miller Coordinator of National Selection Guy du Toit Pretoria Theo Kleynhans Cape Town Vulindlela Nyoni Pietermaritzburg Robyn Sassen Johannesburg Air ticket to Paris, France sponsored by Absa This catalogue has been compiled by Cecile Loedolff, Art Curator of Absa and Dr Eunice Basson,Senior Lecturer,Unisa Photography by Richard Hughes Design and layout by Betelgeuse Advertising Published by Absa, member of the Barclays Group. 2
  3. 3. In a country where support of the arts is not the norm, this year’s Absa L’Atelier slogan: ‘creativity takes courage’ is most suitable.The curatorial team marketed this 25th year with a gutsy poster of the provocative slogan tattooed onto a bald head. Apart from having edgy appeal, it also echoes a calm, yet visceral visual language, which serves as a challenge to South Africans to commit themselves to creative expression in art. As a national encoder of cultural, personal and political realities,muchoftheselectedworkseemstohavesubversive strategies, not in loud and shocking ways, but rather in strangely guarded tones. The exhibition reflects restricted colour in mostly monochromatic schemes with calculated contrasts. Absence of colour has the psychological quality of an otherworldly air, uneasy and reserved. Interestingly, even the winning work, Reading colour, which has hue as a coding mechanism, uses colour not in a splashy manner but devoid of emotional exuberance. Pretoria artist, Ilka van Schalkwyk’s new media installation reflects intellectual games with texts that in themselves rebel against prescriptive institutions.Like the referenced songs that were defiant in their strategies, this visual presentation becomes subversive of the social body. The work is a marvellous example of an open text with multi-layered meaning. The implicit notion of concealment is also taken up by the Gerard Sekoto prizewinner, Kwa-Mamkhize, a work that holds so many possibilities of engagement in relation to our current society. KwaZulu-Natal artist, Bongumenzi Ngobese’s hidden parcels under the table signify secrecy, a lifestyle of makeshift storage systems of a society in flux. This is a social order of migrants, who have to take up their belongings and make them fit into any vehicle or, metaphorically, any culture, to be able to move on. In the historical Italian movement of the 1960’s, Arte Povera, the artists’stance was radical and most of the works were aimed at a critical questioning of establishments such as industry and government. Similarly, the poverty and insecurity that is evident in the unconventional use of raw material and unpretentious formal application in Ngobese’s work could be interpreted as a rebuke to an upside-down world. The denial of the original function of household objects become remediated in many works: a chair, a map, blankets or ear-buds - all deploy a sense of humour and surprise elements to open new associations. Strategies of narration refer to personal politics, localised history, domestic violence and ecological nostalgia to become the urban critique. The photographic works reveal contexts where stories are being re-enacted to play a prominent role in decoding a site for re-consumption. Several of the top ten works reference repetitive crafting with carefully constructed surfaces. There is a sense of a democratic representation of medium and technique – and the device that provides the edge is the sharpness of the idea and appropriate application. Recontextualisation of familiar things, ‘making strange’, brings the unfamiliar to the viewer: the observer is given access but is asked to take a step back and to rethink the experience. It is here where the artist plays a game with the spectator, reinvigorating our understanding of the world. By means of our appreciation of this exhibition we are urged to shift complacency, to create a space for open critique and allow creativity to be the encoded voice of our conscience. Gwen Miller National Adjudicator 3
  4. 4. Absa L’Atelier Competition, 2010: ‘Thank you and congratulations!’ On this auspicious occasion, the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Absa L’Atelier Competition for young, emerging visual artists, the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) pays tribute to its partner- in-arts, Absa, its Management and dedicated personnel for their sustained support during all these years in hosting what has become a regular and highly regarded annual event on the visual arts calendar in South Africa. The exceptional commitment of 23 years of Mrs Cecile Loedolff, Absa’s Art Curator, deserves to be specially mentioned. Conceived and established in 1985, this prestigious competition continues in making an immeasurable contribution to the development and promotion of the visual arts and visual artists in our country. At the same time, SANAVA expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the French Embassy, Institut Français and Alliance Française in South Africa for having sponsored the Gerard Sekoto Award for the seventh consecutive year. In thanking Absa and the French authorities for their most valued collaborative role in this regard, SANAVA also extends thanks to all those artists who participated in the competition and warmest congratulations to those who have been selected as the winning team. It is trusted that all participants, who obviously display a desire to express their inner spiritual stirrings and perspectives in a visual way, may actively continue to develop this interest. You have the potential to become role models for the visual arts. Special words of thanks and appreciation are due to the personnel, local panels and judges at the various collection points and in particular to the National Adjudicator, Mrs Gwen Miller, Head of Visual Arts at Unisa, who spent valuable time and efforts in promoting the competition, thereby making a personal investment in furthering the cultural wealth of our country. Anton Loubser National President SANAVA 4
  5. 5. Gerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993) Sekoto was born at Botshabelo near Middelburg in the former Transvaal on 9 December 1913. His early paintings depicted scenes from Sophiatown, District Six and Eastwood near Pretoria. He left South Africa in 1947 for Europe and settled in Paris in voluntary exile where he lived until his death in 1993. As an African Parisian he always yearned for his South African roots and identity, which he depicted with much nostalgia in many of his works. In Paris and with the support of the loving French public, doors eventually opened for Sekoto to explore his own creativity. With this award we honour Gerard Sekoto. The French Embassy, the French Institute and the Alliance Française, felt it appropriate to create such an award to support the most promising artist with an income of less than R60 000 per annum. This award will hopefully open yet another door for a young South African artist in the city of love and art, namely Paris. 5
  6. 6. 1986 Winner Penny Siopis A year after Siopis walked away with the Merit Award at the prestigious Cape Town Triennial, she won the coveted Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition. Her work was at that stage already well-established as can be seen in the 1988, 1991 and 1995 Merit Awards she received at the Vita Art Now exhibitions held in Johannesburg. Siopis was promoted to Professor in Painting at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand where she taught for many years before relocating to Cape Town at the end of 2009. To date, Penny Siopis has been involved in countless solo and group exhibitions as well as artists’ residencies all over the world. In recent years Siopis ventured into new media such as video and film, some of which were screened internationally on Greek State Television in 2003 and at the Tate Modern in 2004. In 2000 she received a Swedish Exchange Fellowship to the Umea University in Sweden, and in 2001 the prestigious Alexander Onassis Foundation Fellowship awarded her a research residence in Greece. In 2002 she received the best Visual Artist Award at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstfees. The Ampersand Foundation Fellowship Residency was awarded to her in 2006 and more recently, in 2008, she received a visiting residency from the Athens School of Arts Melancholia in Greece. Her works are represented in all the major public collections in South Africa as well as selected public and private collections in New York, Washington, Stockholm and Amsterdam. 8
  7. 7. Clive van den Berg After having taught as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1989 until 2000, Van den Berg resigned to become an independent curator and designer. In 2004 and 2005, he acted as curator for the prestigious Brett Kebble Awards but in recent years Van den Berg has been involved in and working with various architects in South Africa to design and create new public spaces such as museums and state buildings. Among his most recent activities are his collaboration with Urban Solutions Architects for a series of artworks for the new Baragwanath Taxi and Bus ranks; curating and designing the permanent exhibition at the Women’s Jail on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg; curating and designing the permanent exhibition at the Old Fort on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg; curating and designing of Izipho: Madiba’s Gifts, for the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. Van den Berg has also been involved in a major architectural project for the Northern Cape Legislature as well as an outdoor sculpture for the District Six Project in Cape Town. His environmental sculptural pieces can also be seen in selected public spaces in and around Johannesburg. For the past few years Van den Berg was also involved as Curator Central Park Durban 9
  8. 8. 1988 Winner Diane Victor Soon after she completed her degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1986 where she specialized in Printmaking, she became involved in teaching at various tertiary institutions where her influence as master printmaker and draughtswoman has been immense. From 1990 to 2007 she taught as part-time lecturer at Wits Technikon, Pretoria Technikon,The Open Window Art Academy,Vaal Triangle Technikon, University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University. From 1991 until 2007 she was also appointed part-time lecturer in drawing and printmaking at the University of Pretoria. She has exhibited in major group exhibitions since 1988 when her work was first selected for the prestigious Cape Town Triennial. The most notable recent group exhibitions in which her works have been included are Out of Africa exhibition at the Cork Street Gallery in London in 2007, Flesh, which was exhibited at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn in 2007, a group show at the Amaridian Gallery in New York in 2007 and in the same year her works were included in the Busan International Print Show in Busan, Korea, the International Graphiztriennale at the Wien Künstlerhaus in Vienna, an exhibition of South African Art at the Danubiana Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia an exhibition in Paris, France and one in Sydney at the Barry Keldoulis Gallery entitled South Africa on Paper. The problems of being a god these days Important recent solo exhibitions include her Smoke Heads exhibition at Michael Stevenson Contemporary in Cape Town in 2005 and a show at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg in 2006. An acclaimed exhibition of her most recent sepia and ash drawings as well as superb dry-point etchings was held at the Goodman Gallery in May 2010. Diane Victor’s most recent and coveted awards for her work are: The Sasol Wax Award Winner in 2002 and in 2005 she received the Gold Medal for Visual Art from the South African Academy of Arts and Science. In 2006 she received the Statutory Award of MTG at the Krakow Print Triennial in Krakow Poland. 1010
  9. 9. Hennie Stroebel Stroebel completed his Higher Diploma in Fine Arts in 1985 at the former Natal Technikon. He is renowned for his ceramics and he now also heads the Ceramic Department at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Stroebel held two successful exhibitions in 1992 and 1993 at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg and in 1995 his work was included in a group show entitled ‘Exhibition by Natal Artists’ which was featured at the Durban Art Gallery. Stroebel was also instrumental in curating an exhibition entitled ‘Common Ground’ in July 2007, which showcased recent work of six ceramic artists who all studied under the guidance of this renowned master ceramist. In March last year he participated in a major group exhibition by staff of the DUT, which also included John Roome, Andries Botha and Chris de Beer amongst others. In recent years Stroebel’s creative interests expanded to include fibre into his ceramic works such as stitching and embroidery. Stroebel is preparing for a major exhibition, By night 1111
  10. 10. Barend de Wet During the nineties, Barend de Wet was a prominent figure in the South African artistic arena winning awards for his work at the Vita Art Now Awards in 1992. His works was also represented at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1994. In recent years De Wet, who studied fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town and now lives and works in Knysna, has been using his body as a vehicle for artistic expression. But he is also known as a sculptor, painter, photographer and as a conceptual artist. Much of his work is underpinned by irony and wordplay. In 2005 a land art piece in cut-out steel of the word ‘God’, which was erected on a bridge near Plettenberg Bay, created huge controversy in the rural community of that area. His exhibition at the Muti Gallery in 2006, entitled Different strokes for different folks, featured sculpture, 1990 Winner The last drunken supper 1212
  11. 11. Virginia MacKenny MacKenny has been in the teaching profession for well over twenty three years, first at the Durban Institute of Technology in the Fine Art Department where she taught Painting, Drawing and Art Theory. More recently she was appointed senior lecturer in Painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. In 2001 she received an MA in Gender Studies and in 2004 MacKenny was awarded the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship Residency in New York. Apart from her teaching responsibilities MacKenny’s creative and research interests focus on painting, video and performance art with particular reference to gender issues and identity. In 2007 she was one of the national selectors for Spier Contemporary and in 2008 she held a successful solo exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town. Her works are represented in selected From the dark it is so 1313
  12. 12. Paul Edmunds Edmunds received the Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition in the year after he received his BA Fine Arts degree in 1991 from the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. In 1996 he graduated with an MA Fine Arts cum laude, from the same university before relocating to Cape Town where he has been actively working as one of South Africa’s foremost visual artists. He has presented many solo and group exhibitions and in 2007 he won the coveted Tollman Award. His well-received solo exhibitions include the 1999 exhibition entitled Scale, which was shown at The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet in Cape Town, which was followed by Cloud in 2003 at João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town and Phenomena, which was exhibited at the same gallery. In 2007 his critically acclaimed exhibition entitled Array, was shown at Art On Paper in Johannesburg and more recently in 2008 his exhibition, Aggregate, was exhibited at the Bank Gallery in Durban. In recent years Edmunds has been involved in important commissions, notably a large outdoor artwork for the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Cape Town, which he completed in 2003. In 2005 MTN commissioned him to do a large-scale work for their new headquarters in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. In 2005/6 Edmunds was involved in a beadwork initiative known as Qala/Coeo. Ib 2009 One and Only of Cape Town commissioned 1992 Winner Filletcoat two works. His works are represented in major public collections in South Africa as well as The Museum of Modern Art in New York. 1414
  13. 13. Dominic Thorburn Thorburn was promoted to Professor and head of the Graphic Section and Director of the Fine Line Press & Print Research Unit at Rhodes University. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992, which enabled him to attend the Tamaring Institute at the University of New Mexico where he completed a Prefessional Printer Program. In September 1998 Thorburn was the convenor of the First South African Printmaking Conference and in 2003 he was the co-convenor of the 3rd Impact International Printmaking Conference, which was held in South Africa. His interest in collaborative printmaking motivated him to establish the Fine Line Press, a unique tertiary-based printmaking press and research unit. Thorburn is very active in arts administration as well as community-based outreach programmes. His research interests 1993 Winner Carbon black & old brown 1515
  14. 14. Jonathan Comerford 1994 Winner Riding the South Easter Comerford, who completed his studies at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock, Cape Town in 1985, established his own printmaking studio known as Hard Ground Printmakers in Cape Town where his studio provides technical support for artists living and working in Cape Town. In 2005 he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. He works in all the diverse techniques printmaking has to offer, ranging from etching, mezzotint, lithography, silkscreening, linocuts, etc. Comerford has taken part in many important international Print Biennales as well as exchange programmes and has been selected as a resident artist at the Grafische Werkstatt im Traklhaus in Salzburg in Austria. Jonathan Comerford is presently residing and working as a master printmaker in London where he is establishing himself in the British art world. In 2008 his work was shown in two exhibitions, one being a collection of his linocuts, which he published under the auspices of his Hard Ground Printmakers. 1616
  15. 15. Kevin Roberts Kevin Roberts, who received his Higher Diploma in Fine Arts from the Technikon Pretoria in 1990, launched his career as painter and sculptor after having won important awards such as the Schweickerdt Prize for the most promising student 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 Atelier Competition, he was also awarded the Kempton Park/Tembisa Fine Art Award in 1996. In 1999, Roberts’ work was represented in London at the artLONDON ’99 Fair in Chelsea. In 2000, the first of several solo exhibitions was presented at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg where his work received widespread acclaim. His works are represented in all the major public art collections in South Africa. Kevin Roberts sadly passed away Import/export after Piero Della Francesca 1717
  16. 16. Nkosinathi Khanyile 1996 Winner Amasiko Ma-Afrika Amasiko In 1999 Khanyile was a nominee for the FNB Vita Art Now Prize as well as the recipient of the coveted Commonwealth Art and Craft Award. In 2000 he was the winner of‘Our Heritage Image’Award, which was initiated by the Fine Art and Culture Development Co-operative in Pietermaritzburg. In 2000 Khanyile spent time in Holland as part of an exchange programme entitled Holland South Africa Line, which resulted in an exhibition in Amsterdam as well as a further exhibition at the William Fehr Gallery at the Cape Town Castle on his return. The Commonwealth Award enabled Khanyile to travel to Australia where he taught at Midland College,Tafe as well as at the Edith Cowan University and at the Western Australian University. He was also involved in the Perth International Arts Festival in 2001.This engagement enabled him to facilitate a group of township youths from Umlazi to visit Australia on a cross-cultural exchange. Khanyile’s international profile as one of our foremost South African artists, has been further broadened through his participation in exhibitions in France, Australia, Holland, Germany and the USA. In 2001 the artist was commissioned to build the Emakhosini (The Valley of Kings) Heritage Monument and was also selected as one of the judges for the FNB Vita Art Now Competition. 1818
  17. 17. Ilse Pahl Since winning the Volskas Bank Atelier Competition, Ilse Pahl’s work has been working in a variety of media on selected public commissions such as a big mosaic commemorating the life of Dr David Webster, who was gunned down in front of his house on the 1 May 1989 by former Apartheid security agents.This work covers most of the front wall and gate pillars of the Webster property in Troyeville, Johannesburg. In a most recent commission in 2010, she and fellow artist Lehlogonolo Mashaba completed artwork for the Mine View Station for the new BRT transport system. In 2000 Pahl was selected for a residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation Studio and in 2003 she refurbished the well-known Spark Gallery in Johannesburg where she also exhibited selected found objects such as cheap ceramic ornaments and other objects. In this exhibition Pahl explored the functions of mass-produced decorative domestic objects that form part of local visual culture. Her work was recently included in an exhibition entitled Visible Visions at FAXX in Tilburg in Holland. Shelf-life no 2 1919
  18. 18. Karl Gietl Gietl, who is a painter at heart, presented his first exhibition in 1994 after which he started exhibiting extensively both in South Africa and abroad. In 1995 his work was exhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum as well as at the Contemporary Museum of Modern Art in Santiago, Chile. His stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris created an ambience for him to spread his wings and from 1999 to 2002 Gietl traveled widely and stayed and exhibited his work in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. After a short stay in Spain, he returned to South Africa in 2003. He celebrated his return to his country with an exhibition at the João Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town entitled Bringing it all back home, which was well received by the critics. In 2004 he presented his first of several solo exhibitions in Johannesburg at the Alliance Française entitled 1998 Winner Untitled titles 2020
  19. 19. Ryan Arenson Arenson had his first solo exhibition in 1998 and has been working as a full-time artist ever since. His work is included in major public and private collections in South Africa and abroad including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Durban Art Museum, Biliton, JCI, Absa and Appletiser. In 2004 Arenson held a successful exhibition at The Premises Gallery in the Braamfontein Theatre Precinct, Johannesburg entitled Pierneef: Black, White and Coloured in which he questioned socio-political concerns evoking skin variations on which Apartheid was modeled. In October 2008 Ryan Arenson first engaged with printmaking at the David Krut Workshop, which resulted in a solo exhibition entitled Book of Ruth. He drew his inspiration from two seminal works by Dürer and Picasso, which he translated into linocuts, etchings and monotypes. It is especially his labour-intensive drawings and his use of line and mark-making, which distinguishes Arenson’s work. This was well illustrated and displayed in an exhibition which was held in April 2010 at the David Krut Projects in Johannesburg entitled Hard Work, which spans the last fifteen years of Arenson’s career. This exhibition allowed the viewer to gain insight into his thematic concerns and processes 1999 Winner To Die for 2121
  20. 20. Brad Hammond Hammond, who now lives and works in Australia and who is internationally acclaimed for his video and film art, has a long list of important solo and group exhibitions. His videowork was selected in 2002 for an exhibition at Le Centre Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie in France and curated by the Trinity Session. In 2003 his work was included in an exhibition entitled Energy Kunstlerfilme von 1920 bis heute, which was showcased at Museum Volkwang in Essen, Germany. In the same year an exhibition entitled Tracking, was held at the Bathurst Regional Gallery in New South Wales, Australia. In 2004 his work was shortlisted for the National Works on Paper Award from the Mornington Peninsula Gallery, Victoria, Australia and his work was also acquired for the permanent collection. In 2005 he exhibited video and encaustic paintings at the well-known Brian Moore Gallery in Sydney. His exhibition entitled Dialogues, was exhibited in 2008 at Art First Contemorary Art in London. Hammond’s works have been recognized internationally as he was shortlisted for the Fletcher Jones, Geelong Contemporary Art Award in 2006 and in 2008 he was a finalist for The Waterhouse Natural History Art Award. Hammond 2000 Winner Inner city 2222
  21. 21. Stefanus Rademeyer Since completing his six months’ residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2002, Rademeyer briefly returned to South Africa but was awarded the Ampersand Foundation residency in New York in 2003. His works were also included on a group exhibition hosted by Warren Siebrits entitled The Ampersand Foundation 1997-2003. In this prolific year Rademeyer presented a solo exhibition at the Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art in Johannesburg entitled Surface Depth and an exhibition at the Wits Art Gallery entitled 20:20 Mapping Trajectories. In 2006 he returned to the Warren Siebrits Gallery where he presented his second solo exhibition entitled Ideograph in which he explored his concerns with structural geometry. This exhibition was acclaimed for its abstract visual representations. For this exhibition Rademeyer was guided by his reading of selected theorists whose ideas centre on the complexity of structures such as Deleuze, Heidegger Laing, Mimetic reconstructions 2323
  22. 22. Marco Cianfanelli After graduating with distinction from the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, he briefly taught as part-time lecturer in Design at the Parktown College for Vocational Education, before launching into a full-time career as artist. His interests lie within looking at the possibilities of selected artistic interventions within the public realm. This involves other professionals from diverse fields such as artists, designers, architects and engineers. He is presently involved as member of the design team for The Freedom Park Project in Pretoria. Cianfanelli has been awarded several important residencies abroad and he has exhibited widely in South Africa as well as abroad. His most recent exhibitions in South Africa include the 2009 Contemporary sculpture in the landscape, which was hosted by The Nirox Foundation in Johannesburg as well as the 2008 exhibition presented by the Unisa Art Gallery in Pretoria entitled Interventions. 2002 Winner In 2009 Cianfanelli acted as a Regional Judge for the Absa L’Atelier Competition and in 2008 he was a selected Judge for the Sasol Wax Art Competition from 2006 until 2009. He acted as Art Adviser for the Sasol Art Collection. His recent commissions for 2009 include work for the Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow, the University of Johannesburg, the Durban International Conference Centre in Durban, work for the Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch and two works for Absa. 2424
  23. 23. 2003 Winner Bleak Aggenbach’s work was featured at the Joburg Art Fair in 2008 by the João Ferreira Gallery, which showcased her work that was exhibited at this Gallery in her solo exhibition entitled Sub Rose. Her artistic concerns and research centres around issues of cultural heritage and the process of nostalgia and/or historical myth-making, which she dresses in satire and parody. B p y Sanell Aggenbach Aggenbach lives and works as a full-time artist in Cape Town where she works in various media namely painting, sculpture and printmaking. She has participated in many solo as well as group exhibitions in South Africa. In 1999 to 2000 she was selected for the UNESCO-Aschberg residency programme at the Sanskriti Kendra in Nieu-Deli, India. She lectured at the Cape College from mid- 2000 until 2004 before taking up her residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. In 2005 Aggenbach was nominated for a Kanna Award at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn and in the same year she curated an exhibition entitled Sweet Nothings at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town as well as being selected for the third Brett Kebble Award. 2525
  24. 24. 2004 Winner Conrad Botes Botes has been a frequent participant in group exhibitions as well as important solo exhibitions since he won the L’Atelier Award. His venture with Anton Kannemeyer of the notorious Bitterkomix has won him wide acclaim both locally and internationally. His first solo exhibition took place at Michael Stevenson Contemporary in Cape Town in May 2007 where a large-scale installation of carved and painted sculptures was exhibited entitled Satan’s Choir at the Gates of Heaven. Apart from this installation, other works in a variety of media were seen on this exhibition such as a comic strip plus fifty eight reverse-glass painted panels and a painting on canvas. In 2008 Botes’ work was included in an important group exhibition namely the Third Guangzhou Theatre of cruelty In 2008 Botes’ work was included in an important group exhibition namely the Third Guangzhou Theatre of cruelty Triennial in China and in 2009 he was selected as the festival artist for the 2009 Aardklop Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. In the same year Botes launched his Cain and Abel comic strip, which was later reworked into a series of reverse-glass painted panels. In these works Botes reflects on the origins of violence. More recently, Botes presented a successful solo exhibition at Fred in London in March/April 2010. His work has also been selected for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place from 12 May until 1 August 2010. The work that he has been producing for Bitterkomix has been included on an exhibition at MU Eindhoven, The Netherlands entitled… for those who live in it: Pop culture, politics and strong voices. This exhibition opened in May 2010. 2626
  25. 25. Berco Wilsenach After completing his formal studies at the University of Pretoria,Wilsenach has exhibited both locally and internationally and has been awarded several residencies abroad. He is currently teaching as a part-time lecturer at the Department ofVisual Arts at the University of Pretoria. In 2008 he exhibited at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town and the work featured formed part of his bigger project entitled Project for a blind astronaut. In this exhibition entitled In die sterre geskryf,Wilsenach examines the accessibility of language as medium. In these works he developed a coding system presenting star charts as pincushions whilst all symbols have been cartographically accurately represented to reveal the constellations to the blind astronaut. 2005 Winner In the same year his work was represented at an exhibition at the Unisa Art Gallery entitled Intervention.This exhibition looked at different systems and how these systems operate – systems of transport, communication, social structures, mechanical and systems of control and how a new generation of artists interact, embrace or reject these systems in and through their work. Diadema Mathẽma 2727
  26. 26. Ruth Sacks Before she launched into her career as an artist, Ruth Sacks taught as a part-time lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town as well as at the Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art. Apart from her own creative work, Sacks has been very active as an arts administrator. From 2003 until 2004 she was the Project Administrator for Iziko Museums of Cape Town’s Democracy X exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope. In 2006 she was selected as the Cape Town Coordinator for the Trienal de Luanda in Angola. In the same year she participated in a group exhibition entitled 1st Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries at Los Lavaderos, Tenerife. After her six months stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2007, Sacks was awarded a further three months residency in 2008 at the Iaab International Exchange Program in Basel, Switzerland, sponsored by Pro Helvetia. She currently resides in Brussels, Belgium where she is part of the HISK (Hoogere Instituut van Don’t panic 2828
  27. 27. Pierre Fouché Since being declared overall winnner of the Absa L’Atelier Competition, Fouché presented a solo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town entitled Convoluted involvement. He has also taken part in various important group exhibitions notably The Bijou burns again, UCA in Cape Town in 2008, The Gift in collaboration with Liza Grobler, which was exhibited at the Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank, Cape Town, Signs/Representation at the 14-1 Gallerie in Stuttgart and an exhibition at the KKNK entitled Obsessie. His work was included for the show entitled 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, which was hosted in March/April at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. Fouché’s work interrogates the dynamics of personal relationship and society’s desire to categorise or classify its members. His research interests centre on personal and family photographs, which he deconstructs away from the immediacy of the photographic image, by breaking down the image into small building blocks only to be reassembled into a screened 2007 Winner The distance between us III 2929
  28. 28. 2008 Winner James Webb Webb comes from a totally diverse academic background having studied for a BA, majoring in Drama and Comparative Religion at the University of Cape Town. In 1999 he also completed a Diploma in Copywriting.What makesWebb’s work fascinating is that he is a pioneer of sound art in South Africa where he also works as a teacher, curator and as designer. After his sojourn in 2009 at the Cité Internationale des Arts,his expertise in this creative field has been widely acknowledged by numerous important residencies worldwide,viz a residency at the Visby International Composers’Centre in Götland,Sweden in 2009,a residency at the Stiftung kunst:raum sylt quelle,in Sylt,Germany in the same year as well as another residency in Germany in 2009 at KIT:Kunst im Tunnel in Düsseldorf to name but a few.This year will seeWebb travelling to Norway for yet another residency at USF Verftet in Bergen,Norway plus a stay at l’Appartement 22 in Rabat,Morocco. Webb has collaborated in many group exhibitions and has presented five solo exhibitions thus far. Another solo exhibition in Cape Town will be staged in 2010 as part of the Blank Projects entitled One day, all of this will be yours. Auto hagiography 3030
  29. 29. Stephen Rosin 2009 Winner The devil makes his Christmas pie from politicians’ tongues and bankers’ fingers (2008) Rosin, who is known as‘the pie-maker from Plett’, completed his BTech in Fine Arts at the then Port Elizabeth Technikon before entering the family pie- making business, hence the nickname. From 1996 to 2000 his work featured on selected group shows in the Eastern Cape as well as in Cape Town. In 2007 his work was again exhibited at a group exhibition in Kynsna entitled Art for sale. In the following year Rosin was amongst the Top 10 Finalists of the Absa L‘Atelier Exhibition and in the same year his work was featured at the Aardklop Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. Rosin’s research interests lie within contemporary geopolitics, consumerism and globalism. He is also highly critical of the mechanisms and manipulation of economic and financial power usually held by just a few individuals as can be seen in his winning work entitled The devil makes his Christmas pie from politicians’ tongues and bankers’fingers. 3131
  30. 30. Pretoria Reading colour Mixed media installation 200 cm x 200 cm x 200 cm 3232
  31. 31. Merit Award Bellville Dias-series Photography (Triptych) a) 78 cm x 54,5 cm b) 78 cm x 54,5 cm c) 78 cm x 54,5 cm 3333
  32. 32. Pretoria Skin disorder Oil on canvas 122 cm x 121 cm Merit Award 3434
  33. 33. Merit Award Collen Maswanganyi Johannesburg Voko ranawu ri lehile/Long arm of the law Wood and acrylic paint 132 cm x 107 cm x 79 cm 3535
  34. 34. Johannesburg Die Judasbok/The Judas goat Mixed media installation 85 cm x 190 cm x 134 cm Merit Award 3636
  35. 35. Durban Kwa-Mamkhize Mixed media 76,5 cm x 56,5 cm x 44,5 cm 3737
  36. 36. 1. Vincent Bezuidenhout 2. Abri de Swardt 3. Sibusiso Duma 4. Philiswa Lila 5. Maja Marx 3838
  37. 37. 6. Collen Maswanganyi 7. Bongumenzi Ngobese 8. Ilka van Schalkwyk 9. Lyle van Schalkwyk 10. Hanje Whitehead 3939
  38. 38. Antelme, Linda Birgit Pretoria Life-lines Mixed media (Diptych) a) 190 cm x 73 cm x 84 cm Profile: 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 primary lateral branches only with their growth rings exposed on the 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, but consumerism is killing off forests by the hour. studying BA(FA) 4040
  39. 39. Arendse, Grant Bellville Baptism Digital photography 53 cm x 60 cm Profile: 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 an individual. 4141
  40. 40. Bahmann, Dirk Johannesburg Lifetrace 12 (sectional reading)… elusive and ephemeral Jozi… Mixed media 166,5 cm x 89 cm x 32 cm Profile: Bahmann was born in 1974. He obtained a BAS degree at the University of the Witwatersrand as well as a BArch at the 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 with a sense of speed. The work is a personal attempt to assimilate and digest the quicksand rush experience of Jozi as it projects itself onto the retina of Bahmann’s mind. It is a fragmentary reconstruction of that projection as a cosmological map- ping of his mindscape of the city that he inhabits. 4242
  41. 41. Baker, Meredith Ann Pretoria Behind simple things you will find me Mixed media Profile: Baker was born in 1987. She obtained a BTech degree in Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. Description of artwork: This work is not a direct reflection on society or beauty but it is a reflection on how Baker defines beauty. To feel, 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, Vincent Bellville Scorched earth policy Photography 77 cm x 113,5 cm Profile: Bezuidenhout was born in 1978. He studied for the National Diploma in Photography as well as for the BTech degree in Photography at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Description of artwork: Scorched earth policy is a military strategy first employed by the British Empire during the Anglo Boer War (1879-1915) in South Africa. It comprised the burning and destruction of crops, homesteads and farms, the poisoning of wells and the internment of Boer and African women, children and workers in concentration camps. The Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town was built at an estimated cost of between R3 and R4,5 billion for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During this process, homeless people were removed from the site without providing alternative accommodation and a large portion of what used to be a public green space has now been annexed by FIFA.With this image he I wanted to investigate the relationship between the historical dominance of European Colonialism in this country against the current ‘policy’ of corporate Western greed and exploitation of emerging economies. 4444
  43. 43. Blignaut, Candice Dawn Bellville Here and there, now and then Mixed media Profile: Blignaut was born in Johannesburg in 1974. Description of artwork: Sometimes one feels like a number and sometimes less so. This painting relates to integrity, standing alone and sometimes stronger in company. 4545
  44. 44. Bosch, Steven Johannesurg Torch Photographic print Profile: Bosch was born in 1978 and obtained a BA degree in Busi- ness Communication, cum laude from the North West University, 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 be linked 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 that needs to be protected and maintained. The term torch- bearer also conjures up the inspiring image of a heroic person who is a frontrunner for a cause. But in South Afri- can society torch-bearers also become synonymous with unrest, protest and riots. As such, this artwork becomes a dichotomous relic: an object from a deceased (holy) per- son’s body, kept in reverence and for its characteristics. 4646
  45. 45. Bosman, Johan Wolfaardt Polokwane Composition 6 (girl) Acrylic on glass Profile: Bosman was born in 1987 and is currently studying for his BTech degree in Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. Description of artwork: This artwork deals with the contemporary battle with utopianism and its destruction of ‘true’ reality. Therefore the artist created a new hyper-reality for the human race. 4747
  46. 46. Bosman, Johan Wolfaardt Polokwane Composition 5 (dog) Acrylic on glass Description of artwork: This artwork deals with the contemporary battle with utopianism and its destruction of ‘true’ reality, where the dog becomes the symbol of nature and its connection with humanity. 4848
  47. 47. Brophy, John Robert Johannesburg The trolley Mixed media Profile: Brophy was born in 1980 and completed his NSC at the National School of the Arts. He also obtained a diploma for 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, Jenna Pretoria Stem Interactive installation Profile: Burchell was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. Description of artwork: Through building spaces that illustrate the mental ‘in- scape’ of individuals, Burchell aims to play with barriers of visual imagery to find new ways to portray images of people in their context. This interchange is often created through electronically interactive objects stripped down with bereft aesthet- ics, parodying the hard technology with organic beauty. While surrounded by such a flux the viewer can find in their own mind how each artwork can exhibit the multi- layering of ‘self’ in communication or miscommunication with ‘other’. 5050
  49. 49. Cachucho, Eduardo Filipe Rodrigues Johannesburg Collections 1, 2 & 3 Digital prints (Triptych) a) 59,4 cm x 60 cm b) 59,4 cm x 60 cm c) 59,4 cm x 60 cm Profile: Cachucho was born in 1985 and studied BArch at the Witwatersrand University, which he obtained cum laude. He also obtained a MArch Professional degree from the Witwatersrand 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 pop fashion respectively. Portraits representing the person- ality and presence of the designers are abstracted to the point just before illustration. Collections tries to make sense of rampant consumerist culture. 5151
  50. 50. Chauke, Phula Richard Polokwane To be angry is dangerous Wood and paint (Diptych) a) 38 cm x 13 cm x 21 cm Profile: Chauke was born in 1979 and completed grade 10 at the Malenga High School. He has participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009. Description of artwork: The artist portrays domestic violence by showing how the grandfather beats his grandson as he failed to let the cattle graze. He also depicts his grandfather’s anger with his brother. 5252
  51. 51. Chorn, Genevieve Sarah East London Transfiguration: Sleeping figure Mixed media Profile: Chorn was born in 1987 and studied BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She has participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009. Description of artwork: Chorn focuses on the processes of change, growth and renewal. The human skin, which constantly regenerates itself, is used as a metaphor for personal transformation. 5353
  52. 52. Coetzee, Gerhardt Port Elizabeth Open space I & II Photography (Diptych) a) 69 cm x 95 cm Profile: Coetzee was born in 1983 and studied for the BTech de- gree in Photography at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. He has participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009. Description of artwork: These works expel the overt fixation with the ‘other’ from documentary photography, while allowing a degree of our voyeuristic delight to remain intact. In the silence of such absenteeism ‘architecture of time’ presents itself, where the weathering of unseen and unimportant histo- ries descends into even finer states of nothingness. In a sense, the spaces photographed, the photographs them- selves and their embedded meaning, all remain open- ended, enshrouded by uncertainty. 5454
  53. 53. Danca, Welcome S’phiwe Durban God helps those who help themselves Acrylic on canvas Profile: Danca was born in 1978 and obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design at the Durban Institute of Technology. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2008 and 2009. Description of artwork: A priest visited a Sangoma for a consultation. Priests do not condone visits to Sangomas. By visiting the San- goma the priest wants to portray the fact that he is an ordinary human being and his church followers should respect him and come to church. 5555
  54. 54. De Jesus, Angela Vieira Bloemfontein Rear window Video installation Profile: De Jesus was born in 1982. She studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa 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 voyeuristic glimpses into other people’s lives yet at the same time they adumbrate the fear-inspired mannerisms that have become so potent in our daily dealings. They are entrap- ping and unsettling and they suggest feelings that can be directly related to incidences of violence, suspicion, para- noia, apprehension and agoraphobia. 5656
  55. 55. De Kock, Margo Janneke Bellville Wholesome Digital print 5757
  56. 56. De Kock, Margo Janneke Bellville Bouquet Digital print Profile: De Kock was born in 1985 and studied BA Visual Communication Design at the University of Stellenbosch. Description of artworks: Both these works were originally drawn in pen, ink and watercolour and then digitally composed. It was intended to form part of a series of illustrations where words were chosen randomly from a dictionary. The illustrations were inspired 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 Stephanus Bellville Dias-series Photography (Triptych) a) 78 cm x 54,5 cm b) 78 cm x 54,5 cm Profile: De Swardt was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(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,Bartholomeu Dias II: Treading upon an unshod shore, and Bartholomeu Dias III: The vindication of Adamastor (after Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel), that retrace the first colonial ven- ture into Southern Africa. Shot in situ in Mossel Bay, De Swardt performed Bartholomeu Dias in a re-enactment of his landing in 1488 to problematise the hegemonic masculinity that stems from conquests such as this. 5959
  58. 58. De Villiers, Karlien Bellville I met history once Mixed media installation Profile: De Villiers was born in 1975 and studied BA(FA) in Graphic Design as well as MA Information Design. Description of artwork: The installation I met history once deals with the complexities of history in a post-colonial society like South Africa and is especially 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 and packaged to meet the tastes of a generalised elite,imagined in terms of cosmopolitanism and globalisation. 6060
  59. 59. Duma, Sibusiso Robert Durban I am dancing with my shadow Acrylic on canvas Profile: Duma was born in 1977 and is a self-taught artist. He has participated in several exhibitions. Description of artwork: The artist loves his shadow as it is always there.Whatever he does, his shadow does the same. 6161
  60. 60. Duncan, Suzanne Elizabeth Beavan Bellville Doilies I Human hair Profile: Duncan was born in 1981 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She has participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008 where she was chosen as one of the top ten finalists. She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009. Description of artwork: The hair in this piece is knotted into unnatural geometric shapes; these objects concern the ever-present adaptation of women’s bodies into contrived states. The artist used her own hair as an example of the constant attempt to control our bodies, the attempt to fit into social structures as well as the hierarchy of body matter, such as the removal of body hair in particular areas and the styling and romanticising of other hair. 6262
  61. 61. East, Anthony David Bellville The problem with being God these days Mixed media Profile: East was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School 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, mankind would only have four years to live’. An origami bee was made and folded from very thinly rolled silver, coated in gold. It addresses perceived val- ues and complex fragilities that can easily be over- looked. It also questions notions of preservation and power over the environment. 6363
  62. 62. Erasmus, Brendon Pretoria The earth gives birth to her dead Mixed media Profile: Erasmus was born in 1988 and studied for the National Diploma 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 dogmatic events. The events amplify an ‘insistent feminist voice’, moaning as her sepulchral zero hour commences, and audible to those who listen intuitively. 6464
  63. 63. Erasmus, Marthinus Stephanus (Stephan) Johannesburg Land/Soundscape Paper Profile: Erasmus was born in 1976. He studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Witwatersrand Technikon as well as for the BTech(FA) degree at the Witwatersrand Technikon. He also completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2000 as well as the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004, 2006 and 2008,where he was selected as one of the top ten finalists. In 2009 he was selected as a Merit Award Winner of the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition. Description of artwork: Theworkexploressimilaritiesin thestructuresoflandscapes and soundscapes in their physical reconstruction. The construction of this Land/Soundscape uses the lyrics from ‘Nobody’s Baby Now’ by Nick Cave, as a starting point. The text was selected as it draws a parallel between the artist’s current exploration of land and muse.The work explores the problematic relationship focusing on ideas of ownership of the country through the encryption of selected text into a visual format. 6565
  64. 64. Erasmus, Nicole Lauren Durban Memory box Mixed media Profile: Erasmus was born in 1986. She studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Durban University ofTechnology. She is currently studying for the BTech(FA) degree at the same institution. Description of artwork: Each slip cast has a paper memory placed inside it, in- accessible to the viewer. The bottles are containers for memory, representing the way we compartmentalise memories. Often we are not able to access things as they are forgotten as our thoughts become vague. 6666
  65. 65. Erasmus, Nicole Lauren Durban Embalm Mixed media Description of artwork: Erasmus has wrapped found objects in gauze, reminis- cent of a web-like structure. The work speaks of trying to preserve precious material objects in an attempt to hold on to memories associated with the objects. 6767
  66. 66. Foli, Jessica Philile Mawuiena East London Self-portrait I & II Mixed media Profile: Foli was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: These self-portraits play on the stereotypes surrounding skin colour, ethnicity and ‘blackness’ in particular. The one self-portrait’s features are distorted to resemble those of a monkey. This work also plays on the stereotypes of ‘black’ people being compared to monkeys. 6868
  67. 67. Fuller, St John James ZairPretoria Swart gevaar trumps Mixed media Profile: Fuller was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA). He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’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 that have been assigned to them without any rational foun- dation. These qualities are completely fictional. Each subject has been evaluated with the utmost prejudice in mind. No one is seen with any redemptive qualities. 6969
  68. 68. Gauntlett, Alice Frances Bellville Nothing but Photography Profile: Gauntlett was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Description of artwork: Based on Alice in Wonderland the work reflects the mo- ment of relief and wildness when you accept your fears and dismiss them. 7070
  69. 69. Gauntlett, Alice Frances Bellville Dominance Photography Description of artwork: This work deals with some of the imagery of anorexia and eating disorders, trying to keep it away from body issues yet remaining in the lexicon. 7171
  70. 70. Geldenhuys, Amber Jade Johannesburg Grey as you go 1, 2 & 3 Digital prints (Triptych) a) 86 cm x 63 cm b) 86 cm x 63 cm Profile: Geldenhuys was born in 1982 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently studying for the BTech(FA) degree at the same university. Description of artwork: This work has been shot through the artist’s car window while raining and also refers to her presence as the un- seen observer. The prints are each a still that form part of 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, underneath the 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 other person’s energy or matter eclipses the first figure in pass- ing and how the two figures pretend not to acknowledge each other. In still No 3, there is an increased distortion. Profile: of a narrative, working sequentially to enhance meaning. 7272
  71. 71. Grobler, Liza Bellville Easy access scarf Old keys and chain Profile: Grobler was born in 1974. She studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA), which she obtained with distinction from the University of Stellenbosch. She has participated in sev- eral exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005, 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 is ruled by locks, gates and burglar bars. The saying holds true that one can measure a person’s responsibilities by the size of their bunch of keys. One carries the weight of your duties quite literally: the more VIP entry points, the heavier the load. This holds true for all of us: by believing that whatever is locked away is safe and saved, we ironi- cally feed our own personal claustrophobia. 7373
  72. 72. Gutter, Pauline Gertruida Bloemfontein Boer soul Oil on wood Twenty-one-part 30 cm x 24 cm each Profile: Gutter was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Description of artwork: The Boer soul portraits are all part of a series of paintings that depicts ordinary farmers.These common farmers annu- ally attend the Nampo Harvest Day at Bothaville and this is where Gutter went to capture their unique facial features in order to bring them to life in oils. They appear relaxed on their day out; randomly they emerge surprised at her ap- pearance to seize the moment of their personal space. 7474
  73. 73. Hatherly, Sasha Clare Port Elizabeth Untitled Photographic print Profile: Hatherly was born in 1986 and obtained the BTech degree in Photography from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: The photograph illustrates a panoramic image made out of 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. On the horizon the modern structures of the working airport can be seen while the buildings, which once housed many military aeroplanes and vehicles, are left to deteriarate. This place where old abandoned structures and devices of a former system have been laid to rest invokes a sense of sadness. The anticipation of the future juxtaposes visually in this image, which has been altered to create a heightened feeling of antiquity and lost stories. 7575
  74. 74. Hewson, Daniel Peter Glyn East London Series – school killings Dry-point print (Diptych) a) 56 cm x 67,5 cm Profile: Hewson was born 1987 and is currently studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: This body of work using notions of surveillance looks at killings and acts of violence at schools in South Africa. This series uses new technology such as Google Earth and transfers it into a traditional print form. 7676
  75. 75. Hofmeyr, Juliet Anne Johannesburg Noise Video Profile: Hofmeyr was born in 1977 and studied BA Arts and Culture at Unisa. Description of artwork: Video is about how communication is interrupted by technology. The phone is an obstacle to communication. It is so disgusting that one does not want to touch it but the message might be important. The machine (phone) instructs the protagonist to switch the camera (the viewer) off, while we are not watching – it devours us. The film raises questions about our obsessive need for technological advancement and its effect on our lives. 7777
  76. 76. Janse van Rensburg, Danélle Johannesburg Rooikruis/Red Cross Wood Profile: Janse van Rensburg was born in 1985 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. She also obtained a BTech(FA) de- gree from the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008. Description of artwork: The connected little girls in a piece such as Rooikruis/Red Cross offer a voice to the lost (and found) connections with oneself, others and the environment. The little girls represent 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 University of 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 your own happiness. Today it is as if everybody complains and nobody is happy anymore. Die werk is die dans presents a world where you do the work that you enjoy. Keyser, David Johannes Petrus (Duif) Pretoria Die werk is die dans Bronze and mild steel 7979
  78. 78. Laue, Alhyrian Albert Bishop Port Elizabeth The scales caress the teeth Mixed media 8080
  79. 79. Laue, Alhyrian Albert Bishop Port Elizabeth We will trust the hands from this lower position Mixed media Profile: 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 in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008 where he received a Merit 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 they once performed but in the assemblage they gain poten- tial for new interpretations. Profile 8181
  80. 80. Lila, Philiswa Pretoria Skin disorder Oil on canvas Profile: Lila was born in 1988 and studied for the National Diplo- ma in Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. She is currently studying for the BTech(FA) degree at the same institution. She has partici- pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009. Description of artwork: Skin disorder is based on the artist’s theme of painting skin – Animal skin from sheep, goats and cows. It made her think of the different skin diseases and how each one of these animals’ skin differ. 8282
  81. 81. Lüneburg, Nathani Pretoria Contrap(c)tion Mixed media Profile: Lüneburg was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) at the University 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 where she was selected as one of the top ten finalists. She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005 and 2006. She was selected as a Merit Award Winner in 2006. She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2007 and 2009. Description of artwork: This artwork represents the aesthetics of contemporary time 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 Japhter Polokwane The power of love Wood Profile: Luvhimbi was born in 1982 and completed Grade 12 at the Hermen Technical School. He is a self-taught artist. He has participated 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 there is love, there is power. In a marriage based on true love the spouses protect each other from HIV/Aids,degradation and abuse unlike in a marriage based on material love. 8484
  83. 83. Marx, Maja (Neé Pfeiffer) Johannesburg Pile: Feint & margin Blankets Profile: 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 has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 1999, 2000 and 2008. Description of artwork: Pile: Feint & margin, is an installation piece consisting of a large exercise book; and a selection of custom printed blankets. Each empty page in the book is represented by a blanket printed with a margin and faint lines. The work is displayed with its front cover folded open to resemble a bed. In South Africa, the blanket forms an intrinsic part of the traditional culture and heritage. It is also seen as an important agent in most marriage ceremonies, processes of bereavement, the coronation of leaders and initiation ceremonies. It also features prominently in the language of daily travel and in historical or heritage citations such as the Basuto culture, with its Seana Marena and Victoria England blankets, as well as the Ndebele people with the Umbalo blanket. 8585
  84. 84. Maswanganyi, Collen Johannesburg Voko ranawu ri lehile/Long arm of the law Wood and acrylic Profile: Maswanganyi was born in the village of Noblehook, Giyani, in 1977. He obtained the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon of the Witwatersrand. His father, the well- known sculptor Johannes Maswanganyi, taught him woodcarving. He has participated in several exhibitions nationally and internationally. He was selected as one of the 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 sees things from far and eats the leaves from the highest branch. The long arm of the law catches the high flyers and smart criminals who think they will easily cover their tracks. k, Giyani, e Arts at he well- ht him hibitions s one of n 2001. hat sees t branch. d smart 8686
  85. 85. Mdluli, Andile Koketso Johannesburg Eccentric teapot addicted to trash and murder Ceramic 8787
  86. 86. Mdluli, Andile Koketso Johannesburg Eccentric teapot addicted to trash and murder Ceramic 14,5 cm x 30 cm x 14 cm Profile: Mdluli was born in 1984 and did a course in ceramics. Description of artworks: Mdluli’s work portrays war and violence and how we have accommodated it in our daily lives. The work relates to how we use war, killing and violence in the name of de- mocracy. We know that it exists and happens around us but we continue with our lives and tell ourselves that it is not our problem, not realising that it is there because of our acceptance of it. 8888
  87. 87. Moys Anthea Julian Dineo Johannesburg Playing with Pirates: Leap into the… Photography 8989
  88. 88. Moys Anthea Julian Dineo Johannesburg Playing with Pirates: Scoring a try Photography 9090
  89. 89. Moys Anthea Julian Dineo Johannesburg Playing with Pirates: Scrum Photography Profile: Moys was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’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 of the ball.Throwing oneself into unfamiliar territory always involves risk. It asks of both performer and participant to engage in a shared space of play. For modern humans, this is a risky proposition, for there are no winners or losers in this rugby game. The outcome is the experience. Profile Description of artworks 9191
  90. 90. Naidoo, Shogan Ganas Johannesburg Monitor emitting light Video installation 50 sec Profile: Naidoo was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the same university. Description of artwork: His work explores an encounter that could be considered banal. It is the encounter between a viewer and their television set. This encounter takes place daily and without reflection. In his work he wishes to reflect on this encounter, reconstructing the unconscious pact between viewer and image on television as site of trauma or a form of representational violence. 9292
  91. 91. Nanise, Zwelethu Zandisile Johannesburg Family portrait Charcoal and linseed oil on paper Profile: Nanise was born in 1985 and is currently studying for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg. Description of artwork: His drawings explore WJT Mitchell’s notion of the image as a living thing. He looks at old family portraits and tries to assess how one can connect the present with the past. 9393
  92. 92. Ngobese, Bongumenzi Sibongiseni Durban Kwa-Mamkhize Mixed media Profile: Ngobese was born in 1987 and studied for the National Diploma 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 explores and questions political issues surrounding migration and 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 space and how space impacts on people. 9494
  93. 93. Norval, Anet Durban Bryer: Rooi, ribbok, ram Mixed media Profile: 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 the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition. Description of artwork: The work consists of three pieces of knitted blocks, which was knitted by Norval’s mother. The different images re- flect a rhyme she used to say as a child to practice to say the letter ‘r’. When an Afrikaans speaking person cannot pronounce the letter ‘r’ correctly it is known as ‘bry’. The soundplay therefore, could also reflect on the idea of knit- ting but the chosen imagery displays the rhyme. 9595
  94. 94. Ox, Mea Pretoria Soft restraint Mixed media Profile: Ox was born in 1986 and studied for the BTech(FA) degree at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. She is currently reading for an MTech(FA) degree at the same university. Description of artwork: In the work Soft restraint, softness and warmth is played off against coldness, involvement against detachment and the need to control against the inevitable inability to control. The use of the cotton buds suggests a softening of edges, enveloping warmth, a cocooning effect. Conversely, restraint implies a restriction and limitation of movement, action or emotion and an avoidance of excess. Soft restraint refers to the restriction – a ‘softening’ of deviant behaviour by means of medication, cognitive therapy, self-restraint or suppression. 9696
  95. 95. Ox, Mea Pretoria Ablution Mixed media (Four-part) a) 48 cm x 48 cm b) 39,5 cm x 39,5 cm c) 35 cm x 35 cm Description 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 the socially unacceptable. In this context the word ‘ablution’ refers not only to the cleansing of the body or religious purification, but also to the psychological ablution and the social grooming that the individual is subjected to (or subjects herself to). 9797
  96. 96. Pretorius, Alet Pretoria Silo Photography 71,5 cm x 96,5 cm Profile: Pretorius was born in 1980 and studied BJourn at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She has participated in several exhibitions, 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 by movement, a shallow depth of field and a softer focus. This form of photography was widely practised in the early years of photography when photographers tried to imitate painters. 9 ,5 9898
  97. 97. Pretorius, Lorinda Samantha Port Elizabeth Uncontrollable imagination Glass, oxide and sandblasting 9999
  98. 98. Profile: Pretorius was born in 1987 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2009. Description of artworks: On each piece of glass a part of the form is depicted to create the illusion of a complete three-dimensional form once all the sheets of glass are arranged in a specific or- der. These abstract forms are illusions of many phobic thoughts.The fear that something bad is going to happen is often not true. These thoughts are illusory. Pretorius, Lorinda Samantha Port Elizabeth The marvellous deceives too Glass and oxide 100100
  99. 99. Qapa, Dinisile East London Saturday morning Oil on canvas Profile: Qapa was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2001 and 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 the sofa is the owner of this shack; here she is relaxing af- ter so many hours of hard work. Outside one can see the evidence of the damage caused by the fire. For now she is safe and looks forward to start all over again. 101101
  100. 100. Qapa, Dinisile East London Taxi rank Oil on canvas Description of artwork: This painting shows the busy taxi rank in East London with lots of business activities taking place around the area. 102102
  101. 101. Rihlampfu, Nkhensani Herald Pretoria Self-portrait Ink on paper Profile: Rihlampfu was born in 1988 and is currently studying for the 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 and therefore he wants to glorify them and bring them to the attention of the public. 103103
  102. 102. Rissik, Olivia Jade Alexandria Port Elizabeth The Grim brothers: Colonel Mustard and Bully Beef Mixed media (Diptych) a) 150,5 cm x 32 cm x 37 cm Profile: Rissik was born in 1987 and studied for the National Di- ploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. She is currently studying for her BTech(FA) degree at the same university. Description of artwork: This body of work consists of sculptures representing characters influenced by the weird and unnatural. The concept 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 world that exists entirely in her mind. It’s a place she travels to whether by conscious decision or not. She finds herself visiting it in her dreams and waking moments; it is a part of her, realised in a thought. The characters relate to that part of her which is the darker ‘other’. Whether directly or indirectly, they form Livian and she created it. 104104
  103. 103. Salzwedel, Heidi Liesl East London Urban interactions (Hammer) Mixed media installation Profile: Salzwedel was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the same university. Description of artwork: The city of Grahamstown depends on the National Arts Festival for a significant part of its annual revenue, yet beneath the facade of diversity in arts and culture that is temporarily crammed into one city bowl, is the reality of its fluctuating unemployment rate; oscillating between sixty to eighty percent.This reality, which is evident to local civil- ians, is highlighted in the mixed media installation. 105105
  104. 104. Sibiya, Jose Bambo Johannesburg She holds a knife by the blade Embossed etchings (Diptych) a) 110,5 cm x 81,5 cm Profile: Sibiya was born in 1986. He studied a three-year course in Printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio. f l Description of artwork: She holds a knife by the blade portrays social family issues where the man uses his strength to abuse women. Sibiya grew up under such circumstances. He had an alcoholic family member and his sister ended up on the streets as a result of these issues. 106106
  105. 105. Smit, Frans Johannes Bellville Room by the hour Oil on canvas Profile: 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, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008. Description of artwork: Room by the hour portrays a bedroom, which refers to the Afrikaans saying ‘As die mure kon praat’. 107107
  106. 106. Snodgrass, Stacy Lee Port Elizabeth Fine dust series Glass (Five-part) a) 18 cm x 13 cm b) 18 cm x 13 cm c) 19 cm x 14.5 cm d) 18 cm x 14.5 cm Profile: Snodgrass was born in 1987 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: Snodgrass explores the concept of female sexuality in re- lation to cells and how they function. Cells are what we are 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. She looks at how women are perceived, specifically sexually. Breasts, ovaries and uteri identify them as seed carriers or vessels. Pollen means fine dust in Latin and relates to the medium and method of Pete de Vere, where glass is crushed into a fine powder, then melted down to become solid again. The forms are deliberately made very thin and fragile to show the broken segments and cracks in the glass, which refers to the vulnerability of nature. 108108
  107. 107. Steyn, Antonia Digna Bellville Steyn and De Villiers Photographic installation (Six-part) Profile: Steyn was born in 1978 and studied BA(Hons) at the University 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 currently lives and meandering down to the Free State where her most recent ancestors are buried, and where she was born and raised. She visited six graveyards and recreated these historical spaces for herself. In these spaces, she photographed people representative of each place. 109109
  108. 108. Steyn, Daniël Petrus Dreyer Pretoria Johantjie Video Profile: Steyn was born in 1984 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the same 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 span of five minutes the images slowly blend into one another and back again. The transition is almost imperceptible and one hardly notices the subtle changes before one is faced with the new, separate and independent identity. 110110
  109. 109. Steyn, Daniël Petrus Dreyer Pretoria Lenah Video Description of artwork: In the video artwork Lenah, Steyn has utilised an image of his own face and slowly changed it into the face of Lenah Motlhasebe, a domestic worker in his home since his birth, and a second mother figure in his life. She forms a distinct counterpoint to his own young, white male Afrikaner demographic. 111111
  110. 110. Swart, Johanna Christina Pretoria 86070300110086 F.A.D.E. Mixed media installation Profile: Swart was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. Description of artwork: With this work Swart critically interrogates notions sur- rounding the search for identity and the subsequent erasure 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 the simultaneous 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, Talita Bellville Illumination II Mixed media installation Profile: Swarts was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibi- tions in 2004 and 2007. Description of artwork: Illumination II comments on illiteracy in South Africa as well as on the illuminating potential of literature and the contemplative nature of knowledge and insight. 113113
  112. 112. Taljaard, Johannes Zacharias (Zach) Port Elizabeth Finding myself in the middle Photographic print Profile: Taljaard was born in 1978 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2000, 2003 and 2007. Description of artwork: Taljaard’s work follows an autobiographical route, sculp- turally documenting a personal journey through the phases of becoming. In this two-sided self-portrait the artist 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, Ndwamato Thohoyandou Secret prayer Linocut Profile: Tshivhandakano was born in 1982 and studied art for four years at the Montongoni Art Academy. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Description of artwork: The artist was inspired by his mother, who is regarded as a prophetess in their community. She often engaged in secret prayers before she could heal people who came to her for consultation. He grew up seeing mysterious things happening at home. Candles were some of the objects she used in her prayers. 115115
  114. 114. Tshivhandakano, Ndwamato Thohoyandou Domba dance Linocut Description of artwork: Domba is the most respected girls’ initiation school where girls, according to the Venda culture, are taught good manners and sex education. Domba is also a prepa- ration for young maidens to become good wives and it is the last stage (initiation) before they become women. This dance is performed at the Chief’s place under the guidance of the elders. 116116
  115. 115. Van der Merwe, Aroné Pretoria Memory Mixed media Profile: Van der Merwe was born in 1986 and studied for the BTech(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 triggered by 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 his hats and the sound of his sniffling. It is almost as if she meets her grandfather every time she smells, sees or hears this artwork, although he died almost 16 years ago. The hats used in this artwork belonged to her grandfather, which he wore on the farm/race course and to church. This work also represents a universal theme, namely that the artwork could bring back mem- ories to the viewer of somebody who they currently know or have known in the past. 117117
  116. 116. Van der Vyver, Cornelia Maria Pretoria Coded Mixed media Profile: Van der Vyver was born in 1977 and is currently studying BA(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, Claire Pretoria Disposable Digital photographic print Profile: Van der Watt was born in 1979 and studied BTech(FA), at the Witwatersrand Technikon, which she obtained cum laude. 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 and is currently a teacher at Parktown High School for girls. Digital photo Description of artwork: The artwork consists of a photograph of the head of a sculpture. This head was exposed to the elements for over three years and has undergone a process of decom- position. Whilst the original sculpture was a simulation of 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, Wesley Durban The world is flat and everything is ok Mixed media Profile: Van Eeden was born in 1979 and obtained his BTech de- gree in Graphic Design from the Durban University of Technology. Description of artwork: The world is flat and everything is ok explores the theme of taking a look at one’s life and questioning one’s existence in modern-day society. The idea of taking courage in one’s life, to think about the predicaments in our lives through true introspection, is to seek the true self. D i ti f t k 120120
  119. 119. Van Loggerenberg, Yolandé Pretoria The fleeting moment Oil on canvas Profile: Van Loggerenberg was born in 1988 and is currently studying BA(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 that becomes more and more abstracted over time. In this painting the viewer looks through a window towards an image that is rapidly disappearing. The motion blur directly connotes to the abstracting speed of time. This work speaks of everything we pass by… and that pass us by… in the course of a lifetime. 121121
  120. 120. Van Schalkwyk, Ilka Jeanne Pretoria Reading colour Mixed media installation Profile: 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 used her alphabet of colour to translate Haroun and the sea of stories by Salman Rushdie into colour to create an art book. Important pages are enlarged and accompanied by protest songs. The work deals with freedom of expres- sion. Each protest song contains a coloured word, which is found on the page. This is the key to decipher the book. 122122
  121. 121. Van Schalkwyk, Jacobus Johannes Johannesburg Sacrifice: My mother’s dress Mixed media Profile: Van Schalkwyk was born in 1981 and is currently studying BA at Unisa. Description of artwork: The work ventures to investigate the discourse on the multi-layered concepts of ‘Sacrifice’ in the areas of the profane and the sacred. This investigation occurs within the context, imagery, spaces and the ideology of his own cultural, religious and social environments. By implication it endeavours to give credence to the incompleteness of material and carnal sacrifice as compared to the com- plete and perfect redemptive sacrifice of the atonement. 123123
  122. 122. Van Schalkwyk, Lyle Johannesburg Blou van onse hemel Oil on canvas Profile: Van Schalkwyk was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town, which he didn’t complete. Description of artwork: The work takes as its title the most important part of the introductory 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 figure of a white male Afrikaner officer from the South African Police Force crime-prevention unit, overlooking the sparse landscape and monumental, yet now abandoned, gutted and defunct Transrand railway station, which is just north of the thriving Kazerne/City Deep railway and freighting yards in Johannesburg. The derelict structure is now used as an informal dump-site and the few enclosed spaces there are inhabited by squatters. 124124
  123. 123. Wargau, Fabian Oliver Pretoria MGNTC: VHS: 12 - Interlaced Mixed media Profile: Wargau was born in 1984 and studied BA(VA) at Unisa, which he obtained cum laude. He has participated in several exhibitions, 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 series of video tape works. The process is still about mediation and the visual-electronic image itself; however the idea has been tweaked to work directly with the source of the electronic image – the magnetic video tape found inside a cassette. Here the painterly images imposed on the tape can be understood as an indirectly embodied version of the images on the tape itself. 125125
  124. 124. Wilmot, Cassandra Alexis East London After-image I Etching Profile: 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 in a technique that mimics the aesthetic of x-ray machines in airports, the work comments on surveillance and the use of invasive security measures, which have been heightened 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 use simple items like these to manufacture harmful devices. 126126
  125. 125. Whitehead, Johanna Jacoba (Hanje) Johannesburg Die Judasbok/The Judas goat Mixed media installation 85 cm x 190 cm x 134 cm Profile: Whitehead was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. She is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. She has partici- pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Description of artwork: The installation depicts an old carpet, an old and used Lazy-boy chair, five maggots, and a remote control of an absent television. The conceptualisation of the installation is concerned with the investigation of denial of objective involvement towards another injury, death, victimisation of reality. The process is manifested through the comfort-zone that technology gives or provides us. Di 127127
  126. 126. 1986 Winner Penny Siopis Merit Award Winners Deborah Bell Andrew Breebaart Dennis Purvis Simon Stone 1987 Winner Clive van den Berg Merit Award Winners Andries Botha Philippa Hobbs Tommy Motswai Karel Nel 1988 Winner Diane Victor Merit Award Winners Kay Cowley Guy du Toit Johann Louw Margaret Vorster 1989 Winner Hennie Stroebel Merit Award Winners Caroline Jones Walter Oltmann Giulio Tambellini Jeremy Wafer 1990 Winner Barend de Wet Merit Award Winners Andrew Breebaart Jean Bruwer Guy du Toit Judy Woodborne 1991 Winner Virginia MacKenny Merit Award Winners Nicole Donald Ruth Mileham Johann van der Schijff Pierre van der Westhuizen 1992 Winner Paul Edmunds Merit Award Winners Wayne Barker Marc Edwards Dominic Thorburn Minette Vári 1993 Winner Dominic Thorburn Merit Award Winners Siemon Allen Diek Grobler Adam Letch Russel Scott 1994 Winner Jonathan Comerford Merit Award Winners Andrew Putter Kevin Roberts Henk Serfontein Alastair Whitton 1995 Winner Kevin Roberts Merit Award Winners Moses Cetywayo Gordon Froud Diek Grobler Peet Pienaar 1996 Winner Isaac Khanyile Merit Award Winners Hanneke Benadé Wim Botha Samkelo Bunu Berco Wilsenach 1997 Winner Ilse Pahl Merit Award Winners Lucas Bambo Cecile Heystek Kim Lieberman Richardt Strydom (Known as Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition up to 1998 and from 1999 to 2001 known as Absa Atelier Competition) 128128
  127. 127. 1998 Winner Karl Gietl Merit Award Winners Wayne Barker Hanneke Benadé Jean Brundrit Peter Rippon 1999 Winner Ryan Arenson Merit Award Winners Brad Hammond Fritha Langerman Albert Redelinghuys Vanessa van Wyk 2000 Winner Brad Hammond Merit Award Winners Joni Brenner Natasha Christopher Colbert Mashile Nigel Mullins 2001 Winner Stefanus Rademeyer Merit Award Winners Marco Cianfanelli Daniel Hirschmann Brent Meistre Merryn Singer 2002 Winner Marco Cianfanelli Merit Award Winners Natasha Christopher Alastair McLachlan Benninghoff Puren James Webb 2003 Winner Sanell Aggenbach Merit Award Winners Retha Bornmann Natasha Christopher Patricia Driscoll Berco Wilsenach 2004 Winner Conrad Botes Merit Award Winners Stephen Hobbs Pieter Hugo Lize Muller Robert Rich Gerard Sekoto Winner Belinda Zangewa 2005 Winner Berco Wilsenach Merit Award Winners Katherine Bull Lawrence Lemaoana Patrice Mabasa Mikhael Subotzky Gerard Sekoto Winner Lawrence Lemaoana 2006 Winner Ruth Sacks Merit Award Winners Nathani Lüneburg Riason Naidoo Anet Norval James Webb Gerard Sekoto Winner Nomusa Makhubu 2007 Winner Pierre Fouché Merit Award Winners Nina Barnett Wayne Matthews Lyndi Sales Jaco Spies Gerard Sekoto Winner Nina Barnett 2008 Winner James Webb Merit Award Winners Christiaan Hattingh Lunga Kama Alhyrian Laue Antonia Steyn Gerard Sekoto Winner Retha Ferguson 2009 Winner Stephen Rosin Merit Award Winners Frikkie Eksteen Stephan Erasmus Hannah-Ada Lotz Mbhekiseni Shabalala Gerard Sekoto Winner Nyaniso Lindi 129129
  128. 128. Absa L’Atelier 2010 “I accept my individuality and embrace my talent with passion. I have the courage to wear it with pride. This is who I am. Despite ridicule and negativity I will be remembered for the creativity that is in me.” – Lizelle Olivier, 24

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