Weaam El Masry Receives Public Vote Prize at NSAAP 2024 for “Fragments”

Weaam El Masry, Fragments

Egyptian visual artist Weaam El Masry has been awarded the Public Vote Prize of The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize (NSAAP) 2024 for her poignant work, “Fragments”. The piece, which resonates with personal memories and the concealed aspects of her femininity and vulnerable inner child, garnered the highest number of votes both online and in-person at the Norval Foundation. This recognition comes with a $2,000 cash prize.

El Masry, born in 1976 in Egypt, was nominated for this prestigious award by Moataz Nasreldin, a member of the board of independent nominators. Her winning artwork, a drawing on toned paper, delves deep into her personal narrative and the societal constraints on her inner world. On receiving the news of her win, El Masry expressed heartfelt gratitude, stating, “I am deeply grateful and honoured to be selected as the Public Vote Prize Winner for the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2024. This recognition is a testament to the power of art to transcend boundaries and touch the hearts of people from diverse backgrounds. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who voted for me and supported my artistic endeavours.”

The NSAAP is an annual award that celebrates contemporary African artists and those from its diaspora. This year’s competition featured 375 entries, with 27 finalists selected by a panel of five global art specialists. Their works were exhibited at the Norval Foundation from 14 February to 12 May.

On 14 February, Moroccan artist Amnina Agueznay was announced as the Grand Prize Winner, receiving $35,000 and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Norval Foundation. The remaining artworks were auctioned online by Sotheby’s, raising $137,200. Proceeds from the auction are being split equally between the artists and the Norval Foundation Learning Centre, which uses art to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills among learners.

Weaam El Masry’s art practice spans various mediums, including painting, photography, installation, and animation. Her work has been showcased in both local and international venues, such as the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, marking her as a significant figure in the contemporary art scene.

The Public Vote Prize marks a celebratory end to the NSAAP 2024, highlighting the diverse and profound talents of African artists and their ability to connect with audiences globally.

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