Three finalists have emerged for the 2020 Henrike Grohs Art Award.
A statement by Goethe-Institut Nigeria said Akwasi Bediako Afrane (Ghana), Jackie Karuti (Kenya) and Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa) have been selected by a jury consisting of Paula Nascimento (Architect and Independent Curator, Angola), Gabi Ngcobo (Curator and Educator, South Africa), and Sarah Rifky (Writer and Curator, Egypt).
“While each iteration of the award ceremony is celebrated at a different biennale or major art event on the continent, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the Henrike Grohs Art Award has decided to announce the 2020 winner through a different platform. We will share this new format and the date of the winner announcement in the coming weeks,” said the statement.
The winner will receive a cash prize of €20,000, with €10,000 towards the production of a publication on the winner’s work. Two artistes will be selected as runners up and will be awarded a cash prize of €5,000 each.
The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs. The prize is awarded biennially to an artist or arts collective living and working on the African continent, and practising in the field of visual arts.