Los Angeles, 20 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Los Angele’s Hammer Museum announced that Botswana-born, Los Angeles-based artist Meleko Mokgosi will receive the $100,000 Mohn Award based on the results of a public vote conducted both online and at the museum.
Following the selection of five finalists, from the 60 artists participating in the Museum’s “Made in LA” biennial, by a panel of judges, the public was asked to choose a winner for the prestigious prize which rivals the Turner Prize in the UK.
The award is funded by local philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn.
The artist’s installation in the biennial Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo embumbulu, 2012, is part of a larger series inspired by resistance efforts in post-colonial Africa and features the Xhosa (South African language) term “bulletproof” in its title. Referencing the cattle killing movement of 1856-57, which was based on a “prophecy meant to bring about a new earthly paradise and destroy the white colonists”, The Art Newspaper reports, “the series of paintings frames the historic event and considers a legacy of resistance that continues today—namely, the persistent drive to become bulletproof.”
The “Made in LA” 2012 biennial will be on view until 2 September.