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Wangechi is judging the final round of the competition. She will personally select 1st and 2nd place winners from a group of 30 determined by the jury in the previous round.
Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya) has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the international fashion industry. Major solo exhibitions include Montreal Museum of Modern Art (2012), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Vienna (2008); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2005), and Art Pace, San Antonio (2004). Awards and grants include Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year, Berlin (2010); Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award, New York (2008); The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, New York (2007); and the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence, New York (2003).
Director, Saatchi Gallery, London
Rebecca is part of the 2nd round jury. She will help select the 30 artists who advance to the finals.
In May 2006, Rebecca Wilson brought her expertise from 14 years in book and art magazine publishing to the Saatchi Gallery, where she launched an online daily magazine for the gallery's expanding website. In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists. The prize is run in the UK with Channel 4. As well as working on Saatchi Online, she is Director of the Saatchi Gallery in London. Prior to joining The Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca was editor of ArtReview, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters.
Gemma de Cruz
Co-Founder/Art Editor, Art&Music - The Saatchi Gallery Magazine
Gemma is part of the 2nd round jury. She will help select the 30 artists who advance to the finals.
Gemma de Cruz has been writing about contemporary art since 1998 when she contributed artists interviews to Die Young Stay Pretty at the ICA. In 2000 she became editor of Habitats Art Club magazine and wrote the catalogue texts for Ant Noises 1 and 2 at the Saatchi gallery.
She is also author of British Artists at Work (Assouline Editions, 2003) and was assistant editor of the V&A magazine between 2005-6 while contributing to various international art magazines and journals including Art Review, Modern Painters and BBC Collective. Gemma de Cruz is the art editor and
co-founder of Art & Music - The Saatchi Gallery Magazine.