THE PROJECT SPACE is thrilled to announce the 2018 recipient of the Young Female Residency Award: Asemahle Ntlonti
Asemahle Ntlonti was born in 1993 in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, where she majored in sculpture. She was awarded the Hoosein Mahomed Award for Excellence in 2015 and the Barbara Fairhead Award for Social Responsibility in 2014. Ntlonti was a top 10 finalist for the Barclays L’Atelier Award 2016, participated in Infecting The City Arts Festival 2016 and was also a finalist for Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, 2015. She is a member of iQhiya, a collective of 11 black women based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa and Botswana. iQhiya participated in Documenta 14, 2017 and has exhibited and performed in various spaces around South Africa. Ntlonti Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Her practice as an undergraduate dealt with the trauma of the frequent death and violence inflicted on black bodies, attempting to narrate a creative conversation that situated her own experience in the greater trajectory. The work is concerned with history, drawing from her life as a young woman growing up in the colonial cape now, in relation to the lives of her parents, grandparents and great grandparents. These historical comparisons aim to talk about the repletion of violent histories across generations, but also to engage with the way the forms of racialized violence have changed.
Asemahle will be in residence at The Project Space from 1 July - 30 November and will travel for her international artist residency with AFSASCA/SAFFCA in France, May 2019.
We received numerous strong applications from talented young female artists and would like to thank and commend all the applicants. Three artists however, presented exceptional work with great potential and have been selected as finalists for the award. The selected finalists and winner will exhibit their work as part of a group show at the RMB Turbine Art Fair from 13-15 July 2018 in Johannesburg, and other selected local and international art fairs during the course of 2019.
We would like to congratulate the finalists: Anastasia Pather, Chris Van Der Merwe, and Lebohang Motaung
Chrisel Van Der Merwe
Chrisél van der Merwe was born in 1994 in South Africa. She received her BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 2016. Van der Merwe was selected as a Sasol New Signatures finalist in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 she was chosen to participate in the Assemblage Peer Mentoring Program and the RMB Talent Unlocked exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair. Hereafter she continued to showcase her work in multiple group shows around South Africa where her work has become part of various national and international collections. In 2018 she participated in the group exhibitions ‘Talking to Deaf Ears’ and ‘Unsettled’ at ABSA Art Gallery in Johannesburg. She had a solo exhibition titled ‘Architectus Konstruksie’ the 2018 Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees (KKNK) in the Western Cape. Her next solo show, ‘Under Construction’, will take place in July 2018 at Assemblage in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Van der Merwe uses the medium of experimental printmaking, sculpture and installation to create an archive of her explorations of the city of Johannesburg. The copper plates are engraved by the forces applied to it on construction sites – spaces that show the changing nature of the city. Almost as innocent bystanders, the plates capture the energy, memory and history of the city in a specific place and time. In this fluent urban context, renewal and erosion are the concurrent themes in her artistic practice. Van der Merwe embraces the masculine materiality and space associated with the construction-site and reform them with her own feminist view, subtly referencing the gender politics of urban space.
Lebohang Motaung was born in 1992 in Evaton, Gauteng. She went to Vaal University of Technology where she got a Btech in Fine Arts (2013). She then studied at Artist Proof Studio where she received a certificate of excellence in printmaking (2015). Lebohang is a fine artist and a hairstylist. Lebohang works predominantly in printmaking and drawing where she focuses on the theme of African hairstyling. In 2015, she went on a residency at The School of the museum of fine arts in Boston, USA. She has prints in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Plaiting hair has always been part of her life. Over the years it went from just a tool of making money to her area of research and art practice. She became more fascinated by arrangements, patterns, colour and different textures. She started to take hairstyling as an art form of its own. In her work, she focuses on the activity and process of doing hair. She is influenced by the conversations she shares with her clients while plaiting.
Anastasia Pather is a reluctant artist, finger painter and female excited by innuendo and the cross meanings things. Concerned with surface, gender and the Indian 'aesthetic' Pather considers perceptions of value, exoticism and eroticism through the architecture of 'memory' and the politics of colour.
Born in 1987, she is yet to understand the formulaic act of an artist biography or CV's as anything other than proving you should be liked because someone has previously liked you. And, although, she has many thoughts swimming in her head Pather often finds conceptual rants and artist 'statements' for artworks which are presumably statements in themselves not much more than another wank. Anastasia paints in Johannesburg and has had two solo shows at 99 Loop, Cape Town (2016, 2017).