Free State artists’ skill recognised

2017-11-22 06:02
Art winners Louis Krüger, Tumelo Molapisi and Mandi-Anne Bezuidenhout. Photo: Supplied

Art winners Louis Krüger, Tumelo Molapisi and Mandi-Anne Bezuidenhout. Photo: Supplied

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Talented Free State artists were honoured in the second installment of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art competition.

The prize-giving ceremony was held at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein on 10 November. The winners in the categories were ho­noured for their excellent artworks.

Mandi-Anne Bezuidenhout was chosen as the overall winner of the 2017 edition of the competition sponsored by law firm Phatshoane Henney.

She scooped up the prize for her thought-provoking and brave work First Stone, John 8:7. It is made from concrete, wood and stone, and reflects on contemporary issues of abuse, crimes against and judgement of homosexuality, highlighting the complexity that exists in reconciling religion and homosexuality.

The judges found Bezuidenhout’s interactive work to be moving, conceptually complete and well-executed, making her the clear winner of this, the second year of the competition.

She received a first prize of R50 000 and an exciting prospect of entry at the Winners Exhibition to be held at Gallery on Leviseur during the Vryfees 2018.

André Rose took the runner-up award and R20 000 in prize money for his tremendously atmospheric digital prints entitled Tjailatyd: At the end of a (dis)honest day’s work and Zama-Zama.

These photographs talk to important societal issues in our country relating to unemployment, marginalised communities and the fight for survival and harsh realities faced by zama-zamas (illegal miners).

Tumelo David Molapisi and Louis Krüger shared a prize of R10 000 as joint winners of the merit award.

Recognising the artist’s potential and skill, the judges unanimously selected Molapisi for his wooden sculpture Lesilo.

Krüger was honoured for his works Wordingsfeer and Op soek na visioe­nêre reste, which innovatively uses modern digital montage on paper.

This year’s Public Choice award, carrying R10 000 in prize money, went to Jessica Hansen. She scooped up the prize by one single vote. Close to 1 400 votes were cast to determine the winner.

The winners were chosen by the official competition judges out of a total of 29 top Free State artists, whose 40 works formed part of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art competition exhibition.

The judging panel consisted of Dr Ricardo Peach (director of the Vryfees), Willie Bester (acclaimed resis­tance artist from Cape Town), Elrie Joubert (visual artist from Bloemfontein and 2012 winner of the Absa l’Atelier Art Competition), MC Roodt (Free State artist and arts practitio­ner) and Palesa Motsumi (art consul­tant and founder of the Sematsatsa Library).

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