"Stall" (2014) -  film still De Ateliers, Amsterdam and new work

I joined De Ateliers, the two year residency programme in Amsterdam, in Autumn 2014. I’ve been enjoying making new work in an inspiring environment, backed with great support from a host of influential artists, curators and art thinkers. Working through much fresh thinking, I’ve been researching the possibilities for new work. “Stall” (2014) is a film inspired […]

performance detail 're-trace (part 3) - The Station' ‘The Station and The Studio’, GoetheOnMain, Johannesburg

‘The Station and The Studio’ explores notions of territory in Johannesburg by encouraging a dialogue between the private artist’s studio and the public ‘Noord Taxi Rank’ in the inner City. With this final instalment, as with part one and part 2 of the project, I am really interested in working with landscapes, but in this case […]

'The Arena', 2014 The Cave and The Arena, Maison des arts Georges Pompidou, France

In association with Maison des arts Georges Pompidou, April to July 2014 saw me in residence at Maisons Daura in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie – a small art commune in the Lot Valley of France. The almost medieval, picturesque village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is famed for its quaintness and surrealists like André Breton adopting it as home. I was […]


'The Mountain', 2014 - painting detail ‘The Mountain’, 2014 at voyons voir | art contemporain et territoire

For five weeks between February and March 2014, I stayed at the ‘Château Grand Boise’ vineyard in Trets, Bouches-du-Rhône, to develop the first part of a year-long project titled ‘The Mountain’. With this project, I am particularly concerned with the relationship between my body and the landscape at the Château. I became interested in exploring the poetics of movement, […]

Zainab Ashadu experiencing 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) National Art Competition 2013 Participation – Lagos, Nigeria

The ‘National Art Competition’ is a yearly art prize for Nigerian artists, conceived by African Artists’ Foundation and supported by Nigerian Breweries. In 2013 El Anatsui led the panel of judges, and I was shortlisted to compete alongside 12 other finalists. Each year, the competition proposes pertinent themes – often relating to issues of Nigeria and […]

Site for the performance at Château Grand Boise vineyard, Aix-en-Provence ‘re-trace’ (2014) at Voyons Voir, Aix-en-Provence

In 2014, I’ll develop a multi-faceted public art work titled ‘Re-Trace’, a project that adopts a triadic approach converging performance, mark making and the moving image. As part of a residency at ‘Voyons Voir’ – a cultural organisation in Aix-en-Provence – a large outdoor canvas will be installed at a vineyard called ‘Château Grand Boise’. […]