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From left - David Wingfield, Head of Barclays Africa Group Marketing, 2017 Gerard
Sekoto Award winner Banele Khoza, Ambassador of France to South Africa,
Christophe Farnaud and Avitha Sooful from the South African National Association
for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).
Credit: L’Atelier 2017
Banele Khoza, an Alumnus of the Tshwane University of Technology, was announced the winner of the 2017 Gerard Sekoto Award for his work entitled Note Making during the gala event last night, 14 September 2017. 

Khoza questions what it means to be a man in South Africa through sketches done with a stylus on his tablet: "Male nudity and vulnerability is still something that isn’t vastly portrayed in media today and, with this body of work, I have allowed myself to be vulnerable by expressing my thoughts and feelings, which are easily decipherable to a patient eye."

The French Embassy, French Institute and Alliance Française have been sponsoring this award, which is part of the L’Atelier Art competition, for the past 14 years. Khoza  will receive French lessons through the Alliance Française, a three-month residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and a solo exhibition in the Alliance Française network in South Africa and its partnering galleries.

In his speech, Ambassador Farnaud spoke about the importance of art, globally but also in Africa: "Art is diversity, art is creativity and art is freedom. It’s a way to make life better".

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