ABOUT
THE ARTIST

Artist
Biography

Karimah Ashadu (b. London 1985) is a British-Nigerian Artist specialising in the moving image. Concerned with perceptions of self and place, and discovering sensitivities in the mundanity of the everyday, her practice also considers sculpture and performance.

Exhibitions and screenings include “Power Man”, De Ateliers (Amsterdam Art Weekend 2018), “Modern Mondays”, MoMA, New York, “Biennale of Moving Images”, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Faena Arts Center Buenos Aires and Faena Forum, Miami Beach (2016). Public collections – City of Geneva Contemporary Art Collection.

Ashadu was one of the participants of renowned artists’ institute De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2014 – 2016). She is the recipient of several awards and grants including Arts Council England, De Ateliers and ARTE Creative. Awarded jury prizes at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Euro Video and Split Film Festival. Winner of the 2018-2020 Edith Breckwoldt Studio Fellowship, in association with The Ministry of Culture Hamburg and Künstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg. Featured Artist of the 64th Robert Flaherty Seminar, New York. Winner of the Ars Viva Prize 2019, in association with the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin.

She lives and works in Hamburg and Lagos.

 
 

Artist
Education

2011
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
M.A. Interior and Spatial Design – applied art (film specialism)

 
 

Selected
Solo Shows

2018
“Power Man”, De Ateliers (Amsterdam Art Weekend)

2016-2017
“Red Gold” (solo presentation – Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

2016
“Makoko” (solo presentation – “Potlatch”), De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

2014
GoetheOnMain (Goethe-Institut), Johannesburg

 
 

Selected
Screenings/Group Shows

2018
Marl Medienkunst-Preise 2018, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
“Modern Mondays”, MoMA, New York
64th Flaherty Seminar, Syracuse, NY
“MANJAR”, Solar dos Abacaxis, Rio de Janeiro
“Affinities or The Weight of Cinema”, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

2017
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires
frameless series, Munich
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Faena Forum and Bazaar, Miami Beach

2016
Arbeitsstipendium für bildende Kunst, Kunsthaus Hamburg
VISIO: Outside the Black Box, Florence
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
Marl Medienkunst-Preise 2016, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
“Potlatch”, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (curated by Ian Kiaer)
“Dey your lane!: Lagos Variations”, Bozar, Brussels
54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan
VIDEOFORMES International Digital Arts Festival, Clermont-Ferrand
“Echoes of Jihlava”, Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belgium

2015
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic
EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Aachen, Germany
“Does Not Equal”, W139 Space for contemporary art, Amsterdam, NL
Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London

 
 

Selected
Residences

2019
Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, Edenkoben (forthcoming)

2016
Association de la Ferme-Asile, Sion, Switzerland

2014-2016
De Ateliers, Amsterdam

2014
GoetheonMain, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg
Maisons Daura, Maison des arts Pompidou, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
voyons voir | art contemporain et territoire, Aix-en-Provence

 
 

Selected
Publications/Press

2019
Millennium Film Journal, Spring 2019 (forthcoming)

2017
“Faena Art’s Biennale of Moving Images Brings Global Culture to Miami Beach”, Miami New Times, online
Exhibition catalogue, VISIO Outside The Black Box, Florence, Mousse Publishing, Italy
Exhibition catalogue, Interview with Dominic van den Boogerd “Back to Lagos”, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Mousse Publishing, Italy

2016
“Potlatch” Offspring 2016 exhibition catalogue, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (Ian Kiaer)
De Ateliers, Blau Kunst Magazin, Germany

2015
“Of Drones and Horses Or the Multiplication of Moving Images”, Dr Jennifer Allen, Mousse Magazine, Italy
“Retrace” exhibition at GoetheonMain, Classic Feel Magazine, Johannesburg

2014
Issue #2 ‘PROCESS’, ‘CON.TEXT’ art journal, SOAS – University of London
Ann Arbor Film Festival Exhibition Catalogue, Michigan
Arte.tv – EMAF Newcomer Award ‘The Art of Perception’

 
 

Artist's Talks

2018
Visiting Artist, Merz Akademie Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart
Visiting Artist, De Ateliers, Amsterdam
Featured Artist, 64th Flaherty Seminar, New York
Visiting Lecturer, Maxsine Global Art Education, China

2013
Visiting Artist, ‘Film as Measure’ Symposium, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

 
 

Selected
Awards/Grants

2019
Ars-Viva Prize, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin

2018-2020
Edith Breckwoldt Fellowship, (Ministry of Culture Hamburg) Künstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg

2017
The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, UK

2016
Foundation AVL-Mundo, Rotterdam
Artists’ Benevolent Fund, London, UK
De Ateliers Stipend, Amsterdam

2015
“Video Innovation Prize”, EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Belgium 
De Ateliers Stipend, Amsterdam

2014
De Ateliers Stipend, Amsterdam
Arts Council England and British Council “AIDF” Grant, UK
“Special Award”, Split Film Festival, Croatia
“Best of the Festival” Jury Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan

 
 

Selected
Collections/Commissions

2020
“Plateau” (working title) – supported by The African Culture Fund (ACF)

2017
“Red Gold” – Public Collection, City of Geneva Contemporary Art Collection (FMAC)

2016
“Red Gold” – commissioned by Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland

2013
“Lagos Sand Merchants” – commissioned by Arte Creative, France

 
 

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