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Henrike Grohs Art Award 2018

Cameroonian intermedia artist Em’kal Eyongakpa was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018 with the international jury of Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar), Laurence Bonvin (artist and representative of the Grohs family, Berlin), Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare) and Simon Njami (Curator, Paris).

2018 Shortlist

Em’kal Eyongakpa Photo by Harm van den Berg © Goethe-Institut
Cameroon

Em’kal Eyongakpa

Cameroonian intermedia artist Em’kal Eyongakpa was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018. Em’kal Eyongakpa is an intermedia artist who approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation. His recent ideas draw from indigenous knowledge systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology as well as technology.

Georgina Maxim Photo by Cynthia Matonhodze © Goethe-Institut
Zimbabwe

Georgina Maxim

Georgina Maxim’s work combines weaving, stitch work and the utilisation of found textiles creating objects that evade definition. The dresses are deconstructed, and at times reconstructed to find new ways of giving tribute to and reflection upon the person that owned the original garment. 

Makouvia Kokou Ferdinand Photo by Peter Houston © Goethe-Institut
Togo

Makouvia Kokou Ferdinand

In Makouvia Kokou Ferdinand’s sculptural and performance work, he plays with borders and mixes memories, materials and cultural references. Building on traditional Mina culture, his gaze on contemporary society is unique, sometimes ironic and often moving.