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2018 Absa L'Atelier awards winners announced

Posted on 13 September 2018

Marguerite Kirsten, a fine artist from Cape Town, was the winner of the 2018 Absa L'Atelier awards for her installation Embodiment. She wins a 6 month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, R330 000 and a return ticket to Paris.

The Gerard Sekoto Award was won by Philiswa Lila, a fine artist and scholar from the Eastern Cape (based in Gauteng) for Self-Titled, a series of self-portraits related to her name, Philiswa, which means 'be healed'. She wins a 3 month residency at the Cit? Internationale des Arts in Paris.

The three merit awards winners were Gillian Abe (Uganda) for Seat of Honour who wins a three month residency at The Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg, Henry Obeng (Ghana) for Recycle Frame 2 who wins a two month residency at Sylt Foundation in Germany and Kirsten Eksteen (South Africa) for Patterns and Pattern Body winning a one month stay at the Ampersand Foundation Residency in New York.

The Absa L'Atelier Finalists exhibition runs from 13 September - 26 October 2018 at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg.

Marguerite Kirsten (overall winner)
Copper, urine, laboratory glassware, LED lights and medical interview and sounds
Installation: 200 cm x 160 cm x 200 cm

Philiswa Lila (Gerard Sekoto Award winner)
7 cm x 166 cm x 38 cm

Gillian Abe (merit award)
Seat of Honour
Photographic stills
50 x 50 cm

Henry Obeng (merit award)
Recycle Frame 2
Handmade paper from jute
182 x 152 cm

Kirsten Eksteen (merit award)
Left: Patterns(detail), Metal installation, 50 cm x 167 cm x 50 cm | Right: Pattern Body, Metal print, 59 x 84 cm

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