20 Artists shortlisted for Henrike Grohs Art Award




The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.

The prize is awarded biennially to an artist or arts collective living and working on the African continent, and practicing in the field of visual arts.

Applications to the 2nd Henrike Grohs Art Award closed on 15 November 2019. Over 400 applications were received from 28 countries across the continent.

The selection committee, made up of Nkule Mabaso (Curator at Michaelis Galleries, South Africa), Yves Makongo (Project Manager at Doual'art, Cameroon) and Serubiri Moses (Independent Curator, Uganda) selected the following 20 artists for the shortlist:

Abdessamad El Montassir (Morocco)
Akwasi Bediako Afrane (Ghana)
Anderu Immaculate Mali a.k.a Immy Mali (Uganda)
Aurelie Djiena (Cameroon)
Christopher Nelson Obuh (Nigeria)
Eva Diallo (Senegal/Switzerland)
Francois Knoetze (South Africa)
Ivy Brandie Chemutai Ng'ok (Kenya)
Jackie Karuti (Kenya)
Kitso Lelliott (Botswana/South Africa)
Michael Soi (Kenya)
Misheck Masamvu (Zimbabwe)
Oupa Sibeko (South Africa)
Patrick Bongoy (DRC/South Africa)
Rehema Chachage (Tanzania)
Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa)
Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda)
Syowia Kyambi (Kenya)
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi (South Africa/USA)
Va-Bene Elikem Kofi Fiatsi (Ghana)

The main prize will be awarded by an international jury at a ceremony in parallel to Dak’Art - Biennial of Contemporary African Art in May 2020. 

The winning individual artist or collective will receive a cash prize of 20.000€. 

Two artists or collectives will be selected as runners up and will receive a cash prize of 5.000€ each.

Cameroonian intermedia artist Em’kal Eyongakpa was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018 with the jury of Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar), Laurence Bonvin (artist and representative of the Grohs family, Berlin), Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare) and Simon Njami (Curator, Paris).