In one of Toghal’s highlights of 2016, we collaborated with artist Phoebe Boswell and designer Ifeanyi Oganwu at 1:54, the leading contemporary African art fair, to create a collection of unique stools and cushions called “Pedestal + Duniake.” The cushions, designed by Boswell and produced by Toghal, displayed Boswell’s skills in draughtsmanship. Created in a variety of colors, the design of the cushions featured a motif of figurative forms surrounded by a decorative border and an excerpt from a poem by Kenyan poet Ndinda Kioko.
Bowell, born in Kenya to a Kikuyu mother and British-Kenyan father, grew up in the Middle East before moving to England at age 16. Given this transnational upbringing, it is unsurprising that most of her work concentrates on global, fragmented narratives and understandings of “home.”Previously shortlisted for the Art Foundation’s Animation Fellowship and the first recipient of the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, Boswell now adds another distinguished accolade to her list as a shortlisted artist for the prestigious Future Generation Art Prize. Boswell is one of 21 artists selected from 4,421 entries from 138 countries and joins other notable African artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Ibrahim Mahama on the 2017 shortlist. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, the Prize annually awards $100,000 to young artists involved in the cultural development of societies in transition.An exhibition of all 21 shortlisted artists will go up at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine on 25 February – 16 April 2017. The winner will be announced at an Award Ceremony in Kiev in March. The Toghal team wishes Phoebe Boswell the best of luck!