GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Bonolo Kavula | South Africa
Having received the highest score from our panel of judges, Kavula will take home the Grand Prize of R500,000 for her work Tswelopele (pictured below). Her work is focused on abstraction, repetition, and design, which she uses to create layered and multidimensional installations. Kavula’s choice of material, shweshwe, is a traditional printed textile with a rich history rooted in Southern Africa. The deconstruction and reconstruction of the fabric allows a new design to emerge from the mass of dots, leaving space for the viewer to interpret the work as they choose.
Bonolo Kavula, represented by SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, is the first ever winner of this annual Prize for contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora. She was selected from a shortlist of 30 artists hailing from 18 countries of which South Africa has the strongest representation, followed by Zimbabwe, Angola, Morocco, and Nigeria.
Alongside her cash prize, Kavula will also be offered the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at Norval Foundation.