Announcing the 2018 FNB Art Prize recipient
Cape Town-born artist and activist Haroon Gunn-Salie has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the highly coveted FNB Art Prize at the media launch of the 11th installment of the FNB JoburgArtFair.
Cape Town-born artist and activist Haroon Gunn-Salie has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the highly coveted FNB Art Prize at the media launch of the 11th installment of the FNB JoburgArtFair. Gunn-Salie joins the ranks of previous winners such as Peju Alatise, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Turiya Magadlela, Portia Zvavahera and Kudzanai Chiurai. He receives a cash prize as well as the opportunity to create a new project that will be showcased in a dedicated exhibition space at the FNB JoburgArtFair this September. Gunn-Salie has established a collaborative art practice that translates community oral histories into artistic interventions and installations. His multidisciplinary practice uses a variety of mediums, drawing focus to forms of collaboration in contemporary art based on dialogue and exchange. Currently based between Johannesburg and Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Gunn-Salie completed his BA Hons in sculpture at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2012. His graduate exhibition, titled Witness, presented a site-specific body of work focusing on still unresolved issues of forced removals under apartheid, working with veteran residents of District Six, an area in central Cape Town where widespread forced removals occurred. Faye Mfikwe, Chief Marketing Officer at FNB says that the FNB Art Prize honours exceptional artistic talent and, at the same time, provides the winning artist local and international opportunities for the artist and the industry. “Our commitment to the FNB JoburgArtFair ensures that in the years to come, we continue to introduce African artists to an international audience, galleries, collectors,writers, thinkers and art lovers from across the world, further enabling growth through maintaining a platform that empowers the artist.” The 2018 judging panel for the FNB Art Prize consisted of Pulane Kingston, Khwezi Gule and Amy Ellenbogen, FNB JoburgArtFair Curator of Galleries & VIP. FNB JoburgArtFair 7-9 September, 2018 Sandton Convention Centre 16 August 2018.