OPEN CALL for the SABAA | kukutana ART AWARD 2023:

   #ensemble-2: #Nature #CHANGING CLIMATE



Art-Award on the Topic of:

#Nature - #ChangingClimate

Art-Award in the Categories of:

+ Painting

+ Photography

+ Graphic art / illustration


With prize money of 1,000€ in each of the above categories.

In your art-work, SABAA | kukutana (among other things) is interested in: to know, to artistically discuss, to find something on the topic / of your view on / of your experience with todays nature and climate-changes.

How does the changing climate appear in your eyes?

What is happening around you in regard to nature?

How does "Nature" and the "Nature of Nature" look in your eyes?

What do you see on the horizon for the | for Africa, for our planet - how do you react to climate-crisis?

 Your images, insight, idea, opinion, your feelings on nature, on a changing climate?

 What is your personal experience with all the above and what is your aesthetic answer?

Details on theArt-Award for Artists from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Every two years SABAA | kukutana confers an art award to artistically reflect upon the special and individual experiences, ideas, images, and artistic positions of artists from Sub-Saharan African countries on urgent issues of our time and place.

 In order to frame and reframe, showcase, inform, evaluate, sustain, facilitate, inspire.

And to propose African artistic positions & hints for handling our todays reality: LEARNING FROM AFRICA.

Award categories / prize money

+ Painting: 1,000€

+ Photography (an artistic approach, not a journalistic one): 1,000€
+ Graphic arts | illustration (print, drawing, comic,): 1,000€


+ Start submitting applications:                  01. October 2022

+  End of application period:               31. January 2023

+ Informing the winners: 15. March 2023

+ Exhibition (online): June to August 2023

+ Catalogue published: June 2023

+ Special exhibition (offline): July 2023


+ PaintingWilliam Bakaïmo | Wallace Juma

+ Photography: Jacques Nkinzingabo | Antionette McMaster

+ Graphic arts | illustration: Clara Aden | Alice Penda

The Idea

Living in the Anthropocene: What do we (in the global North) know about the effects of our planetary climate-crisis in African countries? What do we see and hear beyond abstract reports and some statistics? What does really matter? What is the narrative of the place, the group, the individual? Are we "Nature", and what is happening with and to "Nature"? 


THUS: What can be a finer representation of reality then the individual artistic & aesthetic expression? And what could show us better what is the matter than an art-work?

The Purpose

Providing a voice and visibility for dire & specific situation(s) and change(s) on our planet. Questioning preconceived ideas and attitudes (especially from the global North of the global South). Putting the individual in the center: With its hopes and fears, with its daily-life reality. Acknowledging that art and art-works foster insights of a special, extraordinary nature. Showcasing humanity. Creating a discourse. Exchange, share.

On Jury & Process

The jury for the individual awards consists of artists from Sub-Saharan African countries (see above). 

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wünsch (founder of and, a non-profit online-gallery for Sub-Saharan African artists, visiting professor at university of the arts, Berlin, Germany) will moderate the process, having no vote. Supervising the process, having no vote, is Mr. Oumar Diallo (Guinea Conakry, representative of Afrika-Haus Berlin, Germany).


Copyright rests with the artist.

By submitting the art-work, SABAA will be allowed the usage rights for displaying the work of art online or in a digital print format of the catalogue.

If interested, the artist may contact kukutana (Ulrich Wünsch) on being shown and sold there.