Filmmaker and Photographer, Dafe Oboro and Artist, Writer and Researcher, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, have emerged winners of the Access Bank ART X Prize for 2022/23. While Oboro won the Nigeria Award, Kazeem-Kamiński is the winner of the Africa/Diaspora Award.
In a statement the organisers said the Prize will award each artist:
– A 3-month residency at Gasworks, London (for the Nigeria winner) and at Yinka Shonibare’s GAS Foundation, Lagos (for the Africa/Diaspora winner);
– $10,000 grant towards an exhibition at ART X Lagos 2023 and;
– Mentoring, support and cultural exchange opportunities.
The statement further added that the winners emerged following deliberation by an esteemed jury which included Professor Peju Layiwola, artist, art historian and writer; Victor Ehikhamenor, multimedia artist, writer and Founder of Angels and Muse; Dr Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Founder and Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin and Sonsbeek 20–24; Maria Varnava, Founder and Director of Tiwani Contemporary; Gabi Ngcobo, artist, educator and Curatorial Director of the Javett Art Center at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP); and Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks & Triangle Network, London, steered by our 2022/23 Prize Curator, Jumoke Sanwo.
Honourable mention goes to our finalists for the Nigeria Award: Tolulope Ami-Williams, Kingsley Ayogu, neec nonso and Matthew Eguavoen; and our finalists for the Africa/ Diaspora Award: Lois Arde-Acquah (Ghana); Louisa Marajo (France/Martinique); Mallory Lowe Mpoka (Canada); and Yetunde Olagbaju (United States).