Nominees announced for DaimlerChrysler Award 2002
Officially announced this week, the nominees (and their nominators) for the lucrative DaimlerChrysler Award 2002 are:
- Jane Alexander, Cape Town, nominated by Fumio Nanjo, Tokyo
- Paul du Toit, Cape Town, nominated by Fanyana Shiburi, DaimlerChrysler South Africa
- Langa Magwa, Durban, nominated by Marilyn Martin, Cape Town
- Albert Munyai, Venda, nominated by David Koloane, Johannesburg
- Joachim Schönfeldt, Johannesburg, nominated by Uli Kostenbader, DaimlerChrysler Germany
- Claudette Schreuders, Pretoria, nominated by Frieda Hattingh, Unisa Pretoria
- Moses Seleko, Katlehong, nominated by Bonghi Dhlomo-Mautloa, Johannesburg
- Minnette Vári, Johannesburg, nominated by Harald Szeemann, Switzerland
The award this year is specifically for sculpture, although quite how this should be interpreted is unclear. Minnette Vári, for example, is better known for video work - will the nominees be free to work in whatever media they choose? What is known is that video portraits of the nominees have been produced, and a jury meeting will be held at the end of October in Pretoria to decide on a winner.
The first DaimlerChrysler award - worth more than R300 000 and resulting in significant international exposure - went to Kay Hassan in 1998. Hassan's prize included cash of R35 000, an exhibition at the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart which also toured to major venues in South Africa, and a substantial catalogue to accompany the show. The second award, in 2000, was given in the field of contemporary jazz and went to Themba Mkhize. The prize was established "to further the careers of innovative young contemporary artists, and raise the profile of South African art both at home and abroad".