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At the suggestion of the Board of Trustees, the Magistrate of the City of Kassel, the Arnold-Bode-Foundation, bestowed the 2022 Arnold Bode Award on the Collective Wajukuu Art Project.
The KSh 1 million award, named to commemorate Arnold Bode, the founder of documenta, is given for exceptional achievements in the field of contemporary art.
In her statement on the decision, Dr. Susanne Völker, Head of the Department of Cultural Affairs, explained:
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The collective’s contribution to documenta fifteen impressed visitors with its visual impact.
It had a dark architectural installation made of rusty corrugated iron, depicting the precarious environment of the youths and representing a perfect backdrop for the artworks on exhibit.
The images and sculptures displayed in the exhibition represented topical amalgamates of materials readily available in Mukuru‘s slum and contemporary form language.
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They included a striking ready-made sculpture made of battered knives, equally threatening as impressive.
A documentary film exemplified why despite their social commitment Wajukuu Art Project views its art practice as setting artistically ambitious rather than socio-educational standards.
Still, their guiding principle is: Transform yourself into what you want to be – not necessarily an artist.
A primary objective of the Wajukuu Art Project’s overall installation was to enter into dialogue with documenta fifteen visitors and to offer a venue for exchange.
Wajukuu Art Project would like to use their participation in documenta fifteen as a starting point for their sustainability project “Killing Fear of the Unknown“.
They also want to establish a permanent, collective-based project space in Mukuru, to make it possible for members to receive financial support and build wood workshops to train young course participants.

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