Hales is delighted to announce that Tuli Mekondjo is a finalist for The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2023.
The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize celebrates the practices of leading contemporary artists and aims to benefit them by further increasing their exposure to an international audience. The finalists were selected from 326 entries and represent 15 countries from across the continent. A board of independent arts professionals - comprising curators and academics who work closely with artists in their respective regions - nominated artists to enter the Prize.
Known for her mixed media and embroidered paintings, Mekondjo's rigorous practice is a pursuit to connect with and honor her Namibian heritage. Her practice in both mixed media and performance, navigates feelings of displacement, having spent her childhood in refugee camps of Angola and Zambia during the Namibian War of Independence. Sensitive explorations of history and ancestry allow Mekondjo to address, question, and heal parts of this past, deftly weaving personal and collective trauma with beauty, nature and optimism.
November 5, 2022