Emerging artist, Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola, has won the ARTxPrize in a competition organized in partnership with Access Bank in Lagos.
Bolatito emerged from many applicants screened by a jury of five renowned artists comprising pioneering artist, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya; Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare MBE; Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Sokari Douglas-Camp; and gallerist and curator, Oliver Enwonwu.
Director of ART X Lagos, Tokini Peterside spoke of the high quality of work received, saying it spoke volumes of the potential of the art sector in Nigeria.
She said, “We are delighted to have the privilege to support the prize-winner, Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola, at this pivotal stage in her career. This will propel her towards a successful future within the African and global art industry.
“We look forward to unveiling Bolatito’s ambitious project at ART X Lagos 2018 in November. The project will introduce her to our international audience, collectors, and curators from renowned institutions around the world.”
Access Bank said its collaboration with ART X Lagos stemmed from a mandate to support and contribute to the development of the art sector in Nigeria by investing in the Nigerian talent.
Group Managing Director of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, said, “At Access Bank, beyond our vast collection of established artists, we believe that we are also responsible for empowering emerging artists. This is why we continue to support the ART X Prize – to celebrate the ingenuity of Nigeria’s emerging artistic talent.”
Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola emerged as the winner after live presentations to the judges, alongside a shortlist that also included two other artists – Ayo Akinwande and Williams Chechet as finalists. Bolatito is a trans-disciplinary artist working primarily in time-based art, interactivity, and performance.
In an interview with our correspondent, she said that the work displayed at the competition was an interactive display and her mother inspired her work.
She said, “The work I proposed for the competition is an interactive display that people can come up to the screen, interact with it. It’s like the screen is moving as the individual moves so it creates a beautiful dance effect. As of now, the screen is about 15ft but depending on how the project develops it could be more.”