Celebrating five years of the Reinhold Cassirer Award
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.”
INTERCONNECTED Keneilwe Mokoena won the award in 2015