Der bildende Künstler Jacob van Schalkwyk (Johannesburg) gewinnt 2013 den L'Atelier Merit Award der südafrikanischen ABSA Bank. Die
Stiftung kunst:raum sylt quelle lädt als Partner des Preises den
Künstler zu einem zweimonatigen Aufenthaltsstipendium nach Sylt ein.
Van Schalkwyk was born in 1981 and studied for his BA in Historical
Studies at UNISA. He has participated in a number of exhibitions,
including the 2010 and 2011 ABSA L’Atelier.
Through his documentation of the people
and landscape in his immediate environment, the artist is endeavouring
to ask questions about the effects of the passage of time on society,
through the process of layering and juxtaposition of images.
The artist, using deliberate compartmentalisation to connect
otherwise disparate images with historical influences, invites the
viewer to partner him in the search for an image for the fourth
As a young person in South Africa today, the artist is in a process
of realigning his knowledge of the history of the land and the realities
of contemporary life, as he experiences it, by asking questions about
change, restoration and renewal. He queries the loss and displacement
people experience on a daily basis and asks is this the "Promised Land"?http://www.absalatelier.co.za/winners.aspx
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