Latitudes Art Fair Announces Shortlist for ANNA Award 2023

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Latitudes Art Fair has joined forces with Anna Awards for the second year of a contemporary art prize to discover and recognise African women-identifying artists. We take a look at who is on the shortlist for 2023.

This year, the Anna Awards extends its reach beyond South Africa to women in the rest of the African continent. Lucy MacGarry, co-founder of Latitudes, the fastest-growing online platform dedicated to art from Africa, explains that the ANNA Award showcases women artists that show extraordinary originality, imagination and dedication in their creative careers. 

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Nina Carew, head of the ANNA Award at Latitudes, states that ANNA and Latitudes continue to work hard to shine a light on women-identifying talent from Africa while being mindful of inclusivity and connection. “This year’s ANNA Award Top 12 offers fresh voices that have already begun to make their mark on the continent and beyond. While the cohort offers a range of interdisciplinary practices, mediums and conceptual frameworks engaged with the arts landscape on the continent at present, there is a subtle thread that weaves through and connects them all.”

708 applicants were received from 28 African countries, and the 12 finalists have been selected and reviewed by the ANNA selection committee. 

The Top twelve finalists are Nada Baraka (Egypt), Bulumko Mbete (South Africa), Buqaqawuli Nobakada (South Africa), Azuka Muoh (Nigeria), Charity Vilakazi (South Africa), Alexandra-Naledi Holtman (South Africa), Nindya Bucktowar (Mauritius), Sethembile Msezane (South Africa), Lebogang Mabusela (South Africa), Amanda Mushate (Zimbabwe), Mikhailia Petersen (South Africa) and Cazlynne Peffer (South Africa).

The winner will receive an R100,000 cash prize from ANNA, a profile on Latitudes Online and a year’s supply of ANNA products. The twelve finalists will be presented to the Latitudes audience, who will vote for an Audience Award winner and the winner will be announced on Women’s Day, 9 August 2023. 

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