Seychellois Youths Shine in ‘My Dream in Space’ Painting Contest
In a major feat, two Seychellois youths, Natalie Joseph and Angela Marzocchi, have made their nation proud by securing second and third positions respectively in the ‘My Dream in Space’ painting competition. The contest, organized by the People’s Republic of China, was designed to inspire and support African youths with a strong interest in space exploration. This initiative was launched following the first-ever live dialogue between African youths and Chinese astronauts in September 2022.
The award ceremony took place at the Chinese Embassy in St Louis, Seychelles. Distinguished attendees included Merna Eulentin, the principal secretary for Education Services, John Lesperance, the principal secretary for Education Sector Development, and Mu Jianfeng, the chargé d’affaires of the Chinese embassy.
Joseph’s painting, titled ‘My Dream’, won her the second prize while Marzocchi’s ‘My Dream in Space’ clinched the third position. The competition received an overwhelming response with over 2000 entries from young Africans, including four Seychellois students from the Seychelles Institute of Art and Design (SIAD). Out of all submissions, 50 were shortlisted, with 10 securing first prizes, 15 second prizes, and 25 third prizes.
Reflecting on the Experience and Artistic Vision
Joseph expressed her joy and pride at winning the second prize and described her painting as a reflection of happiness, relaxation, and joy. Marzocchi’s artwork, on the other hand, depicted a girl swinging, symbolizing freedom. Her painting was based on her fantasies and serialism, a style of art that uses recurring imagery. The young artist expressed her surprise and honor at winning the prize, given the high level of competition.
Jianfeng, the chargé d’affaires of the Chinese embassy, applauded the talent of Seychellois youth and encouraged them to learn more about China and participate in activities that foster connections between China, Africa, and Seychelles. He also urged them to consider studying arts in China. Eulentin, on her part, acknowledged the continuous support of the People’s Republic of China in helping young Seychellois build their character and self-esteem and discover Chinese culture.
Two other SIAD students, Joshua Nourrice and Elisa Barbe, who also participated in the contest, received tokens of appreciation for their participation. The event also featured a live dialogue between Chinese astronauts and African youths, showcasing the winning paintings aboard the China Space Station, further highlighting the global reach and impact of this significant competition.
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