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Amref Health Africa ArtBall honours El Anatsui

Amref Health Africa ArtBall honours El Anatsui

On May 6, 2017, The Amref Health Africa ArtBall will honour El Anatsui with the Rees Visionary award. The Amref Health Africa ArtBall is a premier Contemporary African art auction and philanthropic event. It will consist of a silent auction via Artsy, a special live auction, an award ceremony, music by DJ Alex Cruz and DJ Cuppy, a performance by Young Paris, food by Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam, and an open bar.

The event will feature works of artists including:

Alekssandre Fortunato, Pedro Pires, Hyacinthe Ouattara, Gastineau Massamba, Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, Paa Joe, Atta Kwami, Armand Boua, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Mederic Turay, Anne Mwiti, Patrick Mukabi, Tahir Carl Karmali, Gemini Vaghela, Pascal Chuma, Onyis Martin, Jamila Okubo, Doba Afolabi, Dawn Okoro, Babajide B. Olatunji, Ify Chiejina, TAFA, Godwin Archie Abia, Soly Cisse, Esther Mahlangu, George Lilanga, Faustin Adeniran, Saidou Dicko, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Laolu Senbanjo, Evans Mbugua, Nengi Omuku, Rikki Wemega-Kwawu, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Boris Nzebo, Victor Ehikhamenor, Nnenna Okore, Dimitri Fagbohoun, Tracey Rose , Wangechi Mutu and Akirash.

El Anatsui is an internationally acclaimed artist who transforms simple materials into complex assemblages that create distinctive visual impact. He is renowned for large scale sculpture composed of thousands of folded and crumpled pieces of metal sourced from local alcohol recycling stations and bound together with copper wire. These intricate works, which can grow to be massive in scale, are both luminous and weighty, meticulously fabricated yet malleable.

El Anatsui was born in Ghana and currently lives and works between Ghana and Nigeria. Anatsui has featured in several international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1990 and 2007, and the Paris Triennial, 2012. He created large scale public installations, including Broken Bridge II, commissioned by High Line Art, it was on view from 2012 to 2013, and Tsiatsia – Searching for Connection, which was installed on the façade of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, 2013.

His work Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works, organised by the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio in 2012, has toured the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa in 2013; Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Florida in 2014; and concluded at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, California in 2015. Anatsui’s work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Atim Annette Oton is a Nigerian and an American as well as a British educated designer turned curator. She studied Architecture at the City College of New York, and had her graduate studies at the Architecture Association (AA) in London. Oton was the African art curator for the 2016 Amref Health Africa ArtBall and curator for community engagement for the Bronx: Africa exhibition at Longwood Gallery. She is a co-owner of Calabar Imports, an 11 year old Brooklyn based retail business as well as co-founder of Experience Africa.

Oton’s design work has been published in Architectural Record, Design Build Magazine, Design Architecture.com, Oculus and Blacklines Magazine. She has profiled in office.com and diversity.com for articles on Blacklines Magazine and has been featured for Calabar Imports on CNN, MSNBC, The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, BCAT’s NeighborhoodBeat and CUNY TV.


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