Peju Alatise Emerges Winner of the 2017 FNB Art Prize
Leading contemporary Nigerian artist, Peju Alatise was recently announced as the 2017 recipient of the FNB Art Prize at the media launch of the 10th instalment of the FNB Joburg Art Fair.
According to Aneesa Razack, CEO of FNB Share Investing, “FNB has always been passionate about art because we recognise that artistic expression involves creativity and imagination, which we know to be key drivers of innovation. We introduced the FNB Art Prize in 2011 to reinforce our endorsement of the artist’s valued contribution to our diverse cultural fabric – and the social and political commentary of Alatise’s work embodies so much of what we hope to find in the recipient of the Prize. Congratulations and thank you to Peju for the strength and clarity of her voice.”
Although Alatise has a degree in architecture, she has practised as a studio artist for over thirteen years. Employing materials such as cloth, beads, wood, cement and resin, the artist addresses several social, political and gender-related issues as her primary subject matter including the joys and pain of womanhood as experienced in modern-life-African traditions. Her subject matter has evolved with her continued experiences, moving her focus from not only advocating the equal rights of women, but to broader political and philosophical issues.
In addition, Peju Alatise was selected as the 2016 fellow at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art and exhibited at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale. Her work can also be found in private and institutional collections around the world.
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