Cel­e­brat­ing five years of the Rein­hold Cas­sirer Award

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On Fe­bru­ary 10, the Bag Fac­tory Artists’ Stu­dios will host an ex­hi­bi­tion to cel­e­brate five years of Rein­hold Cas­sirer Award win­ners.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is ti­tled Con­tin­uum and will show­case work by pre­vi­ous win­ners Tshepo Mosopa (2011), Bless­ing Ngobeni (2012), Asanda Kupa (2013), Thato Nh­lapo (2014) and last year’s win­ner, Keneilwe Mokoena, a vis­ual artist from Pre­to­ria.

Mokoena holds a na­tional diploma in fine art from the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, and her work ex­plores or­der and chaos through mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines – draw­ing, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and in­stal­la­tion.

Speak­ing of her work, she says: “Ev­ery­thing is in­ter­con­nected. Ev­ery­thing is po­ten­tially a metaphor for ev­ery­thing else. It is in na­ture that I find so­lace in un­der­stand­ing that I, as hu­man, am not alone in the strug­gle for sur­vival and that re­minds me to see the beauty of chaos.” Her work fo­cuses on or­ganic and geo­met­ric shapes, with an em­pha­sis on the beauty of the line.

Mokoena will spend 11 weeks at the Bag Fac­tory, where she will re­ceive men­tor­ship from the pre­vi­ous award win­ners and other es­tab­lished artists based at the stu­dios.

The res­i­dency also pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for the win­ner to meet and net­work with artists, gal­lerists, cu­ra­tors and me­dia, ul­ti­mately grow­ing her pro­fes­sional prac­tice.

The res­i­dency aims to stim­u­late growth in the re­cip­i­ent’s ca­reer and serves to af­fect and trans­form their un­der­stand­ing of art in Joburg and in South Africa.

Bag Fac­tory cu­ra­tor Aysha Waja says: “Judges for the award usu­ally look for raw po­ten­tial, an artist who has good tech­nique and con­cep­tual think­ing, some­one whose port­fo­lio in­di­cates their drive and pas­sion to suc­ceed as an artist.”

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IN­TER­CON­NECTED Keneilwe Mokoena won the award in 2015

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