African finalists in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape is one of 5 artists from African countries selected as part of the 25 Rolex Mentorship finalists. Following a worldwide search, Rolex announced the 25 finalists being considered for a year of creative exchange in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

 
One young artist in each discipline will be selected as a protégé for 12 months of one-to-one collaboration with leading artists Olafur Eliasson, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Ondaatje, Alexei Ratmansky, Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Tipton and Peter Zumthor.
 
The finalists from Africa are Dineo Seshee Bopape (SA) and Sammy Baloji (DRC) in the Visual Arts category and Neal Hovelmeier (ZIM), Togara Muzanenhamo (ZIM) and Chinelo Okparanta (NIG/US) in the Literature category.
 

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Dineo Seshee Bopape
 
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Sammy Baloji
 
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Neal Hovelmeier
 
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Togara Muzanenhamo
 
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Chinelo Okparanta

The finalists, who range from 22 to 38 years of age, were selected from 154 nominees. They come from 21 countries, with all regions of the world represented: Asia (four finalists), Europe (six), North America (three), South America (five), Africa (five) and Middle East (two).
 
“During each cycle of the Arts Initiative, we have the privilege of meeting dynamic, emerging artists from around the world,” said Rebecca Irvin, head of philanthropy at Rolex. “Every one of the finalists being considered has already been recognized for a growing body of work and exceptional promise. We anticipate great things in each of their careers and eagerly await the mentors’ decisions to discover which seven of these artists will be selected as protégés.”
 
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