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PICASSO & AFRICA COMPETITION (article first published : 2006-03-18)

The Standard Bank, in collaboration with David Krut Publishing and the Mail and Guardian, announces a National Writing Competition on the theme of Picasso and Africa.

The competition coincides with the Picasso and Africa Exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, and at Iziko: South African National Gallery, Cape Town which sets in motion a series of questions about the extent and nature of the relationship between African art and Picasso, indeed on the relationship between European and African art in general.

Writers are invited to submit non-fiction essays that thoughtfully and provocatively take up some of these questions. What was the nature of the relationship between Picasso and African art? What was the version of Africa that Picasso explored in his work? Do discussions of Picasso's use of African motifs in his work perpetuate the idea of an undifferentiated, mythological continent? How did African artists appropriate European art in the early part of the 20th century and with what results? What does the relationship between Picasso and Africa tell us about the nature of artistic influence and appropriation in the visual arts? What problems are raised by the very expression Picasso and Africa?

Writers are invited to submit a non-fiction essay that addresses some of the questions raised by the theme Picasso and Africa. Writers may focus specifically on a topic of their choice or they may write a wide-ranging essay entitled Picasso and/in Africa.

The competition jury, chaired by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Managing Editor of David Krut Publishing, will comprise John Matshikiza, Véronique Tadjo, Ntone Edjabe, Jillian Carman, and Rory Bester. The jury will be looking for essays that are provocative, original in their treatment of the theme, and show evidence of research on the topic.

The competition is open to unpublished adult writers aged 17 and up. Entries must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2006.

Essays should be between 3,000 and 3,500 words and submitted as hard copies, double-spaced, in 12-point font to: Picasso and Africa Writing Competition, David Krut Publishing, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193.

First prize is R5,000 with a second prize of R4,000 and third prize of R3,000. In addition, the organisers will seek publication of the top three essays or parts thereof in the media.

The Picasso and Africa Exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, has been extended by a further week to March 25 before it moves to Cape Town to run at Iziko: South African National Gallery, Cape Town from April 13 to May 21. For more information, e-mail: bronwyn@davidkrut.com




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