The South African sculptor, poet and writer Pitika Ntuli presented his impressive résumé with another award on Tuesday and was awarded the “You-2” prize from Global Fine Art.
Judy Holm, Global Fine Art The Founder and President of the Awards (GFAA) announced Tuesday that Ntulis Azibuyele Emasisweni (Returning to the Source) – an online exhibition of the bone sculptures hosted by the Melrose Gallery – was the “You-2 Award ”. , one of two People’s Choice Awards of the seventh annual Global Fine Art Awards.
There were 116 nominees, including exhibitions from some of the world’s most established art galleries and museums.
When Ntuli heard the news he said he couldn’t believe it.
Ntuli has spent much of his life in the service of the liberation of his country and has now found that his own art has contributed to putting South African and African arts firmly on the world agenda, he cannot fully take up.
He thanked all employees, voters and citizens of the Galerie and his children – and especially his partner, his wife, for all the support. He said via text message that his “overriding wish” was that his exhibition would show that “we are all interconnected, interconnected and dependent on one another and on nature – a message that the world’s first peoples have known from time immemorial “.
Ntuli hoped that African art would become better known and appreciated.
In her speech, Holm recognized the importance of the category in which the exhibition was nominated – Best Digital and Educational Program. She spoke about the importance of finding new ways of art communication in the time of Covid-19.
She also specifically mentioned the underlying spiritual and political significance of the works.
Each bone sculpture was accompanied by a poem, and 33 staff members, including Homi Bhabha, Ngugi Wa’Thiongo and the Minister for International Relations of the SA, Naledi Pandor, contributed poems, reflections and theoretical analyzes.