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Sunday, December 16, 2012


Cape Town based artistic team of Unathi Sigenu and Khanyisile Mbongwa are the winners of the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012. The artists jointly received R80,000 and other prizes, such as a Samsung Galaxy S3 each.

Included in the three equally-ranked runner-up groups were the trio of former Durban visual artist Vaughn Sadie, Brian Mtembu and Humphrey Maleka along with MADEYOULOOK (Nare Mokgotho and Molemo Moiloa), and Mocke J Van Veuren and Farieda Nazier. They received R15,000.00 per collaboration as well as a Samsung Galaxy S3 each and other rewards.

This year the MTN New Contemporaries Award competition focused for the first time on artist collaborations rather than individual artists, acknowledging the current art trend towards relational and interdisciplinary working styles.

This unusual decision on the part of the MTN SA Foundation was inspired by the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 guest curator, Portia Malatjie, whose research results indentified numerous young artists of excellence who had worked, or were working, together and wished to continue. Malatjie observes that: “It was inspiring to come across artists who acknowledged the benefits of working collaboratively towards a final creative product. I felt it essential to highlight the fact that these modes of artistic expressions exist, and have existed for a very long time”.

Says Robert Madzonga, Chief Corporate Services Officer at MTN: “As a competition designed to identify and promote young artists who are positioned to be the next leaders in the contemporary art sector it is imperative that this project, like its artists continues to be dynamic and able to accommodate contemporary modes and new technologies”.

The exhibition is open to the public at The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town until January 25, 2013. Interns will host tours of the exhibition.