Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bruce Onobrakpeya on El Anatsui and the Annual Harmattan Workshop Experience

“El Anatsui’s works have not only impacted on several upcoming artists, but his work continues to impact on, even his peers. It is this kind of relevance and creativity that institutionally the Harmattan workshop Series strives to rekindle and replicate in the contemporary art of Africa.”

Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya in 2009, speaking during the presentation of the Prince Claus Fund Award to the Nigerian/Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Dutch Embassy in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria on the 18th of Dec 2009. The award was accompanied by a modest purse of 25,000 euros. This award is widely considered a befitting tribute to the artist whose work, while in Nigeria in the last 35 years has influenced a lot of younger artists.

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