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RADEMEYER WINS ART AWARD (article first published : 2001-08-19)

For his thought-provoking work titled Mimetic Reconstructions, 25 year old Stefanus Rademeyer from Gauteng has won the Absa Atelier Art Award, South Africa's most sought-after accolade for young artists. His prize is a round trip to France, R60,000 in cash and six months accommodation at the celebrated Cité des Arts in Paris.

The four runners-up, each winning R10,000 each, were Daniel Hirschmann, Marco Cianfanelli and Merryn Singer – all from Gauteng – and Brent Meistre from the Eastern Cape.

The quality of entries for the competition, now in its 16th year, impressed the panel of independent judges. "The Atelier is without a doubt the prime art competition in the country," says Ian Redelinghuys, one of the national judges of the competition and Head of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts, Technikon Pretoria. "It is highly professional and artists consider it prestigious just to make it to the final show. This encourages them to produce their best pieces."

The winning works were chosen not only for their quality, but also for the important social concerns they reflect. "The Atelier has always been a barometer of what is happening in the country," says Conrad Theys, President of the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA). "I've noticed that our artists are becoming bolder in their expressions and criticisms. Their arguments are becoming increasingly sophisticated as social issues become more complex in our new democracy."

Cecile Loedolff, head of arts at Absa agrees: "Just take the work of one of the merit award winners, Merryn Singer, titled Vlakplaas. The artist used her own blood to paint the most notorious farm in our country's history. The sense of revulsion one feels thinking about what happened at this place is cleverly encouraged by the artist through the use of blood as a medium."




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