Fondation Blachère Prize Winner Announced
On Monday 10 May at 6.00 pm, Fondation Blachère held its prize ceremony at Atelier de Céramique des Almadies, Dakar.
The Fondation Blachère Prize for Emerging Artist was awarded to Jean Katambayi Mukendi (DRC) who earns a two-month residency at the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (France) in October and November 2010. The four nominees also included Mario Benjamin (Haiti), Maksaens Denis (Haiti), Moridja Kitenge Banza (DRC) and Serge-Alain Nitegeka (Burundi).
The five artists will benefit from an exhibition at Fondation Blachère Art Centre in Apt, from October 2011 to January 2012, exhibition fee included.
The jury coordinated by Pierre Jaccaud and Christine Eyene selected the artists throughout various venues in Dakar in both the official exhibitions and fringe events.
As part of its mission to disseminate contemporary African art, Fondation Blachère has engaged, since 2004, with places of contemporary practice such as Dak’Art - Contemporary African Art Biennale and the Bamako Encounters – African Photography Biennale. The Fondation Blachère Prize, in partnership with Air France, is awarded to one artist among five nominees, to encourage them further their practice through research and residencies.
Five artists are rewarded each year. In 2008, the Fondation Blachère Prize for Emerging Artist awarded on the occasion of 8th Dak’Art Biennale went to Senegalese artist Ngoor. The four nominees were Touré Mandémory (Senegal), Samba Fall (Senegal), Tchale Figueira (Cape Verde) and Breeze Yoko (South Africa).