Ghanaian artist, Lois Arde-Acquah has been named the 2020 winner of the Kuenyehia Prize.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Art graduate is best known for her laborious process of hand drawings of her intricate monochrome patterns.
Her performances and installations -centered around her own body- explore the idea of ‘repetition.’ With time, her initial process of hand drawing with black markers has evolved into cutting out patterns from black synthetic leathers.
“I am particularly drawn towards a physically, mentally and emotionally draining process. One that demands a painstaking dedication of oneself to create something. A process that is difficult, ‘hard’ and almost impossible to achieve. One that is tiring and leads to boredom,” explains Arde-Acquah.
She joins the list of previous winners: Kwame Akoto-Bamfo (2015), Bright Ackwerh (2016), Nana Opoku (2017 winner) and Yaw Owusu (2018.)
The Kuenyehia Prize is a bi-annual art competition aiming at identifying, awarding and empowering upcoming and mid-career artists with a vision to globally advance contemporary African Art.
The fifth edition of the eponymous Prize was held in spite of the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. 266 applications in total were received from 14 West African countries for this year’s edition.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony and exhibition featuring the 12 2020 shortlisted artists have been postponed to 2021, to a date that will be communicated soon.
The Grand Jury of the prize is made up of seasoned artists, art collectors and art professionals in West Africa; Sonia Lawson (Togo), Director Palais de Lomé, Azu Nwagbogu (Nigeria), Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF); Nu Barretto (Guinea Bissau/France), Award Winning Artist; Zohra Opoku (Ghana), Award Winning Artist; kąrî’kạchä seid’ou (Ghana), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST.)
The Kuenyehia Prize is powered by the Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art.