Winner of the Ars-Viva Prize 2019

I am really excited to have won the Ars-Viva prize this year, in association with the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft – the longest standing institution for entrepreneurial support of the arts in Germany.

3 winners were chosen out of 50 nominated artist. The prize includes a residency at FOGO Island Canada in 2020, as well as group shows with the other winners Thibaut Henz and Cemile Sahin at GFZK Leipzig (October 2019) and Kunstverein Hamburg (February 2020), for which I will create new work in Hamburg.

Many thanks to the Jury and the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft.

Project Grant – “Plateau”

In 2020 I will produce a new work “Plateau” (working title), generously supported by The African Culture Fund (ACF).

“Plateau” is a moving image project set in Nigeria, encompassing film, installation and publication. Supported in part by the Edith Breckwoldt Foundation which ebables my residency at Künsterhaus FRISE Hamburg. “Plateau” will initially debut in an exhibition at the Künstlerhaus in Autumn 2020.

The African Culture Fund is a pan-African organization driving creative projects in African countries and the African diaspora.

Amsterdam Art Weekend at De Ateliers

I look forward to presenting new work at De Ateliers during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2018.

The show, titled “Power Man”, debuts the vignettes “Power Man (Sodoko)” and “Power Man” 2018, both filmed in Lagos at the start of the year, as well as a longer two channel work “Red Gold”, 2016.

This is the first time these works are shown in Amsterdam.

Please join me in conversation with Dominic van den Boogerd on Sat 24th Nov.

Friday November 23rd, 11:00-21:00
Saturday November 24th, 11:00-18:00
Sunday November 25th, 11:00-18:00

Public Interview:
24 November at 13:00 until 14:00 at De Ateliers


Featured Artist – 64th Flaherty Seminar

The 64th Flaherty Seminar THE NECESSARY IMAGE, is programmed by Kevin Jerome Everson and Greg de Cuir, Jr.

I am so excited to be a featured guest at this year’s Seminar, participating in a series of screenings, presentations and discussions between 16-22 June.

The Flaherty seminar is held at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.

MoMA screening

In conjunction with the 2018 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and MoMA’s Modern Mondays, I will screen a selection of early moving-image work exploring intricate relationships between identity, place, and the construction of selfhood on Monday, June 25. Showing for the first time is “Sodoko (Power Man)”, 2018 – my most recent work.

The screening is followed by a conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson & Greg de Cuir Jr. and Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.

Tickets on sale June 11.

Recipient of the Edith Breckwoldt Fellowship

I’m delighted to have been selected as the recipient of the Edith Breckwoldt Fellowship, in association with the Ministry of Culture Hamburg and Künstlerhaus FRISE.

This prize sponsors a working period at the Künstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg from 2018 to 2020.

I look forward to making new work within an exciting community of artists and art thinkers alike!