08/17/2012 08:24 am ET Updated Oct 17, 2012

Work Dealing With African Resistance Wins $100,000 Prize

The Hammer Museum has announced that the Botswana-born, Los Angeles-based artist Meleko Mokgosi is the winner of its new Mohn Award, a $100,000 prize given over two years that rivals the Turner Prize in the UK. The award is funded by the local philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn.

Mokgosi was among five finalists selected by a panel of judges from the 60 artists taking part in the Hammer's "Made in LA" biennial. He was chosen as the overall winner by the public through a registered voting system, both online and at the museum, that ensured secure and authentic results.

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