Edition 2021: Senegal
Futurology

For its first edition, the ellipse Prize was committed to the emerging creativity of Senegal by dedicating the call for applications to African visual artists residing in the territory.

Ibrahima Ndome from the Atelier Ndokette collective,
Winner of the 2021 edition

The call for applications was open from April 1 to May 15, 2021 and the theme was “Futurology“:

The aim is to question the world as it is today by blending artistic thought with other areas of reflection relating to lifestyles and the evolution of societies.

Urban life, the relationship between individuals, new technologies, the environment, etc. are subjects of exploration that can be described using elements from everyone’s heritage, past and present, to evoke the future.

As part of this first initiative, the ellipse Prize was dedicated to the emerging scene of Senegal, a vibrant canvas that blends tradition and modernity, cultural heritage and contemporary expression. Dynamic and full of vitality, the latter testifies to the richness and creative diversity of the region.

36 applications were received as part of this edition including five finalists selected by an independent selection committee. Ibrahima Ndome, member of the Atelier Ndokette collective, was named winner.

The artist benefited from his first solo show, in France, during the AKAA – Also Known As Africa fair from November 11 to 14, 2021 in Paris.

The reward for the winner

An artistic residency and a production grant

A three-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts, including accommodation and studio, as well as a grant amounting €5,000 were awarded to the artist to enable his exhibition project.

A 360° communication campaign

A communication campaign was dedicated to the artist through ellipse art projects channels, his press agency and those of the AKAA event.

A solo show at AKAA

During his artistic residency in Paris, the artist produced new artworks which were exhibited and sold at the AKAA international art fair.

Finalists of the 2021 edition

Each year, the ellipse Prize jury also rewards 4 finalists for their work.

Our partners for this first edition

Selection committee 2021

Victoria Mann

Founding Director, AKAA Fair

Bénédicte Alliot

Director of the Cité internationale des arts

Wagane Gueye

Artist and curator

Ken Aïcha Sy

Founding director of the Wakh’Art platform

Delphine Lopez

Director, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Dakar

Malick Ndiaye

Researcher, teacher and artistic director of the Biennale de Dakar 2020

Déposez votre candidature pour le Prix ellipse 2024

L’appel à candidatures est dédié aux artistes visuels 18/40 ans, résidant au Bénin ou béninois résidant sur le continent.

Les candidats doivent également être non représentés (en contrat) avec une galerie.

L’éligibilité de chaque candidat reste à l’appréciation de l’organisateur (voir détails dans le règlement ci-dessous).

Pour déposer votre candidature, il suffit de remplir ce formulaire en fournissant les informations obligatoires (*).

Les participants doivent également déposer un portfolio de leur travail (5 à 10 œuvres, template ci-dessous si besoin) ainsi qu’un projet d’exposition en lien avec la thématique 2024 (détaillée ci-dessous) qui fera l’objet de l’exposition du futur lauréat lors de la foire AKAA en octobre 2024 à Paris.

Formulaire candidature

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

Un template permettant de réaliser un portfolio est à votre disposition, veuillez vous y référer.

Un document d’aide est disponible afin de vous aider à remplir cette demande.

Form application EN

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

A template for creating a portfolio is available, please refer to it.

A help document is available to assist you in completing this application.

Apply for the Ellipse 2024 Prize

The call for applications is dedicated to visual artists aged 18/40, living in Benin or Beninese living on the continent.

Candidates must also be unrepresented (under contract) with a gallery.

The eligibility of each candidate remains at the discretion of the organizer (see details in the rules below).

To apply, simply fill in this form with the required information (*).

Participants must also submit a portfolio of their work (5 to 10 artworks, template below if required) as well as an exhibition project in line with the 2024 theme (detailed below), which will be the subject of the future winner’s exhibition at the AKAA fair in October 2024 in Paris.

Formulaire candidature

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

Un template permettant de réaliser un portfolio est à votre disposition, veuillez vous y référer.

Un document d’aide est disponible afin de vous aider à remplir cette demande.

Form application EN

1/4 – Informations personnelles

2/4 – Adresse et Réseaux Sociaux

3/4 – Biographie et note d’intention

A template for creating a portfolio is available, please refer to it.

A help document is available to assist you in completing this application.