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Meet the winner of the 2022 ANNA Art Award

Latitudes Online and ANNA Pure Organic announced this week that the winner of the 2022 ANNA Award is Lerato Nkosi.

Nkosi’s entry for the ANNA Award features words inspired by her reading of bell hooks’ All About Love. ‘The book held special resonance for me because of its reference to the author’s upbringing, and the values that developed out of her experiences,’ says the artist.

Nkosi’s work employs ink and stamps as a vital, organic, multifaceted materials. For Nkosi ink and stamps are mediums that stain and certify with their contact on any surface, these materials are those that never leave a surface the same after being in contact with it.

ANNA Award winner 2022 Lerato Nkosi

The Mpumalanga-born, Johannesburg-based artist draws from ‘her experiences as a young girl growing up in a sheltered world that was created for her by her predecessors,’ says Latitudes. ‘She has developed a dynamic practice that examines the intricacies of existing in the world as a woman with the awareness that the teachings are impacting and affecting her existence.’

As the winner of the prize, Nkosi receives R100 000 cash, a one-month residency at PLAAS in Franschhoek, a profile on Latitudes Online, and a year’s supply of ANNA products. She was chosen from a selection of 12 finalists by the ANNA selection committee. Finalist Sinalo Ngcaba is the winner of the Audience Award, for which Latitudes received 2 767 votes from the public.

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