His winning work, Untitled (triptych), comments on the complexities of so-called "African identity". He wins a cash prize of R50 000 and his artwork will be featured on 10 taxis on national routes for a period of six months bringing the total prize to R 700 000.
"Being called African or identifying as African is a problematic identity, as Africans don’t share the same reality - there’s a vast difference between the countries within Africa", states Khoza. "The internet has blanketed the world and offers one a global perspective. So, identifying as anything has become a choice."
Overall Winner: Banele Khoza
2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Winners:
• Overall Winner: Banele Khoza
• Finalist Multiples: Lebohang Kganye
• Finalist Digital And Multimedia: Mpho Mokgadi
• Finalist Three Dimensional: Duma Mtimkulu
• Finalist Two Dimensional: Mashudu Nevhutalu
• Finalist Mixed Media: Jabu Nkomo
The Top 5 finalists receive an award to the value of R 660 000 including a R 10 000 cash prize as well as having their artist designs as decals featured on 10 taxis on national routes for a period of 6 months and an extensive publicity campaign aimed at creating national awareness of their work to kick-start their professional careers.
The SA Taxi Foundation Art Award adds significant momentum for emerging artists trying to build a sustainable career. Won by Tshepo Mosopa in 2015 and Audrey Anderson in 2016, the award has seen the work of altogether 12 finalists grace 120 taxis that transport hundreds of thousands of South Africans to and from work daily. As a result, the work has been viewed by millions of South Africans, whether as taxi commuters or other road users, causing a buzz wherever it is spotted.