The Investec Cape Town Art Fair is an annual event where contributors and a supportive local art community can interact. It also gives collectors, galleries, curators, artists and art journalists from all over the world a chance to talk to each other and make connections.
A panel of art professionals chose the prize winners for the 2023 event, awarding cash prizes to the artist with the best conceptualization and presentation and the gallery with the most considerate and engaging booth presentation.
This year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair marked its tenth anniversary, and it commemorated the milestone with the overarching theme of “time,” a broad enough concept for artists to explore ideas about the past, present and future, as well as the ever-important concept of change that comes with the passage of time.
Tomorrows/Today is a platform that forecasts future relevant practises and ideas, highlighting artists who will be tomorrow’s leading names. The Tomorrows/Today award and cash prize are selected by a panel of art professionals and presented to the artist with the finest quality presentation and who best meets the award criteria.
Talia Ramkilawan is a Cape Town-based artist and teacher and a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her work aims to address the trauma, identity and lived experience of a South African Indian identity.
She uses a variety of media, including tapestry, video, performance and installation, to visually represent the complexity of one’s relationship to trauma.
Honourable mention was also given to Micha Serraf, a Zimbabwean-born fine art concept-based photographer whose work focuses on fashion, social consciousness, and conceptual portraiture.
Micha uses photography to investigate the construction and deconstruction of identity, belonging, blackness and masculinity.
Art for Space and Space for Art RDC Property Group award
RDC Properties Group specialises in creating and reimagining the spaces of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Art for Space and Space for Art Award, now in its second year, recognises the best-designed and conceptualised booth at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, highlighting the gallery that is most considerate and engaging in its booth presentation.
This Cape Town-based gallery received the award for its interpretation and embodiment of the chosen theme, which this year was “Time,” as well as its ability to recognise the importance of art in our shared spaces and the need to design and develop spaces suitable for art.
Written by Sarah Du Toit.
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