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MTN New Contemporaries Art Award 2010

Curator, Nontobeko and winner Kemang Wa Lehulere


Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile with the winner, Kemang Wa Lehulere, MTN SA Foundation Head Eunice Maluleke and guest curator Nontobeko Ntombela.


Kemang Working


Kemang Detail


Mohau Modisakeng and Stuart Bird’s Work


Mohau and Stuart’s Work


Donna Kukama’s Work


Donna Kukama’s in front of her piece.


Donna’s performance


Donna’s performance


Guest curator Nontobeko Ntombela. Winner- Kemang Wa Lehulere , Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile , Donna Kukama ( Runner up), Mohau Modisakeng (Runner up), MTN SA Foundation Head Eunice Maluleke and Stuart Bird (runner up).


Mohau’s piece at the opening


Mohau’s work


Kemang receiving his prize


Stuart Bird's performance


Stuart Bird working


Stuart ‘s piece


Stuart ‘s work


Stuart Bird's piece


Stuart Bird's piece


Stuart Bird's piece


MTN New Contemporaries Art Award 2010

At a prestigious event held for the first time at the KZNSA Gallery on Wednesday night (15 September 2010) , Kemang Wa Luhelere was the overall winner. Donna Kukama, Stuart Bird and Mohau Modisakeng were the runners up. Held every two years since 2001, this much celebrated art competition identifies four emerging South African artists as the new stars of the South African art world, and elects a winner among them. The MTN New Contemporaries Award is distinctly different from conventional art competitions in South Africa as it is entirely unsolicited by the artists it honours. The competition also discards old stereotypes about art and foregrounds our artists as a source of new ideas and media. Says Nontobeko Ntombela, the 2010 New Contemporaries Award guest curator: "This year's finalists were an exciting line-up. Their work consisted of diverse exhibition that mixes traditional and new media within a contemporary context, and that might variously be described as critical, socially-engaged or ironic". One of the MTN SA Foundation's most renowned projects, the MTN New Contemporaries Award is a competition designed to promote talented, cutting-edge artists who have not yet received critical acclaim but who are positioned to be the next leaders in the art field. Eunice Maluleke; Head of MTN SA Foundation says: "MTN SA New Contemporaries Award affirms our responsibility to encourage creative thinking outside the business arena and allows the opportunity for young South Africans to be heard. These awards are also aimed at promoting young artists who have not yet had the opportunity for appropriate exposure." "The concept of the MTN New Contemporaries Award contributes to the development of South Africa's rich cultural and artistic practice. Held every two years, this year is different in that it is the fifth year running meaning that we have had ten years invested in the emerging contemporary art field."

MTN New Contemporaries Art Award 2010  

MTN New Contemporaries Art Award 2010