Announcing the Winner of the ART X Prize with Access 2018!
On Wednesday, June 27th, the 2018 ART X Prize with Access consisting of a grant of N1,000,000 and a solo presentation at the ART X Lagos art fair this November, was awarded to Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola. Her project, Scraps from Mama’s Floor was selected from three finalists including multi-disciplinary artist Ayo Akinwande and Williams Chet Chet by our panel of judges consisting of Yinka Shonibare MBE, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya, Wura Natasha Ogunji, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE and Oliver Enwonwu.
Aderemi-Ibitola is a trans-disciplinary artist working primarily in time based art, interactivity and performance. Along with her artistic practice, she also works as a devised theatre practitioner, performance studies scholar and teaching artist. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she immigrated to the United States in 2000 but returned to Nigeria in 2014 where she is now living and working. Aderemi-Ibitola earned her Masters in performances studies from Tisch School of the Performing Arts, New York University and holds a Bachelors in Communication Arts with a focus in Television/Film Production and a minor in Political Science from Allegheny College.
Ayo Akinwande holds a degree in architecture from Covenant University, Nigeria. Better known as a multimedia artist, Akinwande experiments with colour and black-and-white in his creative process and storytelling. Employing archival materials such as newspaper prints and posters, to engage with memory and history, he also seeks to expand his expressive and thematic scope by exploring the events of daily life through critical views of the social, political and cultural, from a contemporary Nigerian context. In 2015, Ayo Akinwande held two solo exhibitions Women of Africa in Athens, Greece and Boju Boju in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2016, he participated in the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos’ ASIKO Art Residency in Addis-Ababa. He co-curated, as well as participated in the 1st Lagos Biennial, as well as in What’s Inside Her Never Dies group exhibition at the Yeelen Gallery in Miami, United States.
Williams Chechet is a multi-talented visual artist. Born in Kano but raised in Kaduna, both in northern Nigeria, he studied industrial design at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His northern heritage is very evident in his recent series ‘We are the North’ – beautiful illustrations from northern Nigeria, influenced by pop art. Chetchet’s creative process is largely spontaneous. Like many other artists, Chechet is often triggered by images, inspired by the world around him. Today, he has created a niche for himself as a pop artist, though, he doesn’t always have the appropriate tools or materials to work. Through his art, he shares fresh perspectives of Africa and reminds people of the importance of knowing their history.
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