Stacey Gillian Abe -2017 winner, "rest of Africa"

July 09, 2017

Stacey Gillian Abe graduated with a BA Hons in Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University Kampala, Uganda 2014. Her installations and performances are integrations between man and the spiritual realm and more believing these spheres influence and form our individual identities.

Her concepts materialize into created imagined spaces that probe thought on identity, spirituality and cultural mysticism like; Seat of Honor (2017), Pareidolia (2017), EnyaSa (2016), Strange fruit Konyagi (2015), with the installations taking centre stage as they star in these new worlds.

As the process highlights the strength and fragility of the female mind in the self, each space that Abe works on as its own contexts and gets its own interpretations. Besides participating in group exhibitions like Women without Borders, Institut Francais Kinshasha (2014), Kampala Contemporary, Circle Art Agency Kenya (2016), Eroticism and Intimacy Faces, Places and Paths, the Underground Art Space (2016), Being Her(e) –Angola Luanda (2017) and The 2nd Kampala Art Biennale-KAB (2016). Workshops like; (Re)-Thinking Feminism and Black womanhood Iwalewahaus-Germany, Goethe Institute (2016), Decolonizing the Museum (2017) Abe also completed a residency at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust (2014); Nafasi Art Space Dar es Salaam (2015); Culture Vultures Morocco (2016), East African Soul TrainEAST (2017) and holds a certificate in Cultural Leadership-Arterial Network, Goethe Institute (2015).

She is a receiver of the new talent award (2nd place) – the boda boda project KLAART 014 and a Prince Claus fund award (2016). She was nominated for an artist in residency fund program for African artists through Africa Centre 2016/2017 and also listed among the young provocative African artists to watch in the continent- featured in ‘This is Africa’ and ‘’ (2016).

Alka Dass -2017 winner

July 29, 2017

Alka Dass is hails from Durban, a graduate of Durban University of Technology. She works predominantly within sculpture and painting, and her work looks at gender equalities.

Her interests lie in female identity and gender equality, as well as the problematic relationships women have with their bodies and how its’ affected by the other. Extreme scrutiny is placed upon society’s obsession, lust and angst on the female form. How the natural state can be seen as disgusting. This is what she portrays in her work. She musters women from different walks of life in her production.


These interactions are what makes her art come alive. She feels her creations speak more about the woman around her (strangers, friends, family) than they do about her own opinion only. Selfless and whole,  She would like to empower women
through her art.

Her art making has extreme paradoxes in its construction; She prefers her work to have a slight grotesque aesthetic. She implements it by framing most of these works in an unsullied mounting. Her work takes form in mixed media, found objects, photo manipulation and sculpture. Repetition and anti-aesthetic play narrative in her pieces. She works predominately with keeping to a warm tone colour palette. She draws inspiration from: Frances Goodman, Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Kruger and Tracey Emin.

Alka Dass is in a 6 Months Residency at the Bag Factory Artists' Studios in Johannesburg till December 2017, and then, will be in Europe with SAFFCA Residency for a period of 10 weeks in the summer of 2018.

2016 Young Female Residency Award Winner

Kalan's 6 months residency at the Bag Factory culminated into a body of work that is still very much linked to the theme she explored in 2015  "Atmān" - “the self as the subject of individual consciousness, the soul, the supreme personal principle of life in the universe”. Exploring space, perception and an inner world has been central to her work. The expression of consciousness (energy) translates into works on canvas, embroidery material and transparent plastic using radiant colours, thread and cotton material.


The works display the integration of the material and abstract through washes of colour and hand-stitching as well as experimenting with the limits of 2-D and 3-D space. In essence, the works depict the process of drawing out from the invisible into the visible, personally awakening a stronger perception of the life force that can be termed the ātmān.

Sheeka had a very successful exhibition with Lizamore & Associates Gallery. And will travel to France in 2018 to take up her international artist residency with SAFFCA.

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