ABOUT
THE ARTIST

Artist
Biography

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

Ashadu was one of the 2014 – 2016 participants of De Ateliers, Amsterdam, and has exhibited internationally including Faena Forum and Bazaar, Miami Beach and Buenos Aires, Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar), Brussels and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Commissioned to create work for Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and their Biennale of Moving images (2016), which was acquired by the City of Geneva Contemporary Art Collection (FMAC).

She is the recipient of several awards and grants including Arts Council England, De Ateliers, and ARTE Creative.

She lives and works between the cities of Hamburg, London 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

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

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

2014
GoetheOnMain (Goethe-Institut), Johannesburg

 
 

Selected
Screenings/Group Shows

2018
“Affinities or The Weight of Cinema”, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (forthcoming)

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
LagosPhoto 2016, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
“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

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

2017
“Faena Art’s Biennale of Moving Images Brings Global Culture to Miami Beach”, Miami New Times
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’

 
 

Selected
Awards/Grants

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

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

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

2013
“Lagos Sand Merchants” – Arte Creative, France

 
 

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