Sasol New Signatures Competition Past Winner Profiles: Amita Makan

Influencing society through art.

VotedRunner-up in the 2009 Sasol New Signatures Competition has extended thefootprint of 43-year-old, Amita Makan as a talented artist in South Africa.Makan’s full-time career in art catapulted to new heights since her piece, Loose Ends: A Story about My Mother wasexhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum during September 2009. Sasol NewSignatures Competition is one of the longest running and most prestigious artcompetitions in the country, offering emerging artists a platform to showcasetheir passion, capability and creativity. “Beingawarded such recognition became a part of my identity, opening up doors andsecuring great opportunities to further my career and work. This was a boost tomy confidence and I am truly grateful,” says Makan. Makanbelieves that the recognition she received from Sasol was instrumental insecuring her first solo exhibition entitled “Evanescence” at the KZNSA Galleryin Durban in May 2010. In March 2011, she took the same exhibition to the RonBelling Gallery in her hometown, Port Elizabeth. In July 2010, Makan wasapproached by the South African National Visual Arts Association (SANAVA) toparticipate in a group exhibition to be held in India, and was one of only 40 artistsselected. In Maythis year, her monochromatic oil portrait of Miriam Makeba was purchased by theUniversity of South Africa (UNISA) to be on permanent display in the Dr MiriamMakeba Concert Hall. This work was inspired by the biography, “The MiriamMakeba Story: Miriam Makeba in conversation with Nomsa Mwamuka”. Makan addsthat the full series will be exhibited at the UNISA Gallery in October thisyear as part of the Artist@work exhibition that will be curated by BonganiMkhonza. Makan’swork is inspired by her life experiences, her imagination and photography. Herfirst series, Evanescence emerged from the grieving for her mother who sufferedfrom Alzheimers Disease. The series took three years to complete and sadly,Makan’s mother passed away in 2009, shortly after her being placed runner-up inthe Sasol competition. Makanbelieves that if you are passionate about making a career out of art, you musthave the courage to test oneself by exhibiting your work. She strongly encouragesemerging artists to enter the 2011 Sasol New SignaturesCompetition. “As an emerging artist myself, I encourage artists to nurturetheir ideas, persevere and pursue their passion,” she remarks. SouthAfrica is a vibrant, dynamic, complex and multifarious society. Makan believesthat South Africa’s democracy is maturing and this is reflected in the arts. Anartist can engage in society by delivering a critical view of social andpolitical issues and by providing people with different lenses with which toview the world. “Art isuniversal, transcending boundaries of language, culture, nationality, class,race and gender,” concludes Makan whose combination of painting and embroiderywill be talked about for years to come. ENDS. For media related queries contact: Nothemba Noruwana,Acting group communication managerDirect telephone +27 (0)11 441 3295 | Mobile +27 (0) 82 329 0186> Cobus Jansen, CommunicationmanagerDirect telephone +27(0) 11 441 3218 | Mobile +27 (0) 82 410 6882> www.sasol.comSasol isan energy business with substantial chemical interests. Based in South Africaand operating worldwide, Sasol is listed on the NYSE and JSE stockexchanges. We are the leading provider of liquid fuels in South Africaand a major international producer of chemicals. 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