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Meet the 2021 Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary award winners

The winners of the 2021 Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary have been announced. Princia Matungulu and Kutlwano Monyai have been selected as joint recipients of the annual bursary award, funded by Bag Factory alumni artist Sam Nhlengethwa. They will share a fully funded studio bursary at the Bag Factory for 12 months from 1 October 2021 – 30 September 2022.

Impressed with both artists’ work and noting how well the previous winners, Cheriese Dilrajh and Hemali Khoosal worked as co-recipients, the Bag Factory has decided to repeat the offer for the bursary to two promising womxn artists for another year. 

Princia Matungulu Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary 2021 winners
Princia Matungulu, Nous nous sommes pas des Anglophone (The Gap) II, 2020, Digital image
Princia Matungulu Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary 2021 winners
Princia Matungulu
Princia Matungulu Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary 2021 winners
Princia Matungulu, Killela Balanda, 2020, Digital Image

Matungulu’s practice is a combination of weaving, sculpture and storytelling; whereby the approach towards the materiality, the intricacy of the weaving process, and the resulting sculpture bears record of a personal, inferred or imagined history. Matungulu employs weaving processes as a form of silent protest – a means of understanding Congolese traditions, norms and values of ‘proper’ womanhood, which sometimes overlap and intersect with those of women from the African diaspora. 

Kutlwano Monyai Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary 2021 winners
Kutlwano Monyai, Tribulations, 2020 Mixed media on canvas
Kutlwano Monyai Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary 2021 winners
Kutlwano Monyai
Kutlwano Monyai Bag Factory Young Womxn Studio Bursary 2021 winners
Kutlwano Monyai, Rise above the lake, 2020, Mixed media on canvas

Monyai uses familiar materials that resonates with her life experiences and has over the years mastered her style of painting and mixed materials experiments which germinated from the obsession of maps. 

About the Artists

Princia Matungulu, born in 1999 in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, is a Johannesburg-based artist currently completing her degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. As a Congolese immigrant navigating through the South African landscape, she draws from her background and identity. Her series of work, Nouveaux Mémoire Vieux Pagne, 2020 (New Memory Old Cloth) was part of Archive of Forgetfulness’ group exhibition. She has been part of the Cosmosis exhibition at The Holy Art Gallery in London, UK and has also recently been a finalist and participant of the Wits Young Artist Award 2021.

Kutlwano Monyai, born in 1996, in Limpopo, South Africa, has a degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the Tshwane University of Technology (2018). She is currently practicing as a full-time artist, art researcher, and a writer. Monyai has exhibited in a number of group shows which include the 2016 Top 100 for Thami Mnyele Awards, The Hybrid Culture in 2016 at Tut Gallery, Abstraction Through Figuration at Art Lovers in 2017, Joburg Fringe in 2018 at the Project Space, “The Genesis” 2018 hosted at the Pretoria Art Museum and later at the BKhz studios, Turbine Art Fair 2019 with UNTITL’D collective, KASRP Exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2019. 

Monyai was an education assistant at the Pretoria Art Museum from 2017 to 2019 and has exhibited with She Impressions under their 2021 “She empowered project”. She participated in the Beads & Air (Art In Residency) at Modern Arts Project South Africa in May 2021 and was recently selected for the 2021 Collection of the Artist Solidarity Assistance Project (ASAP), run by the Candice Berman Initiative. She is now represented by the Candice Berman Gallery. 

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