ABOUT
THE ARTIST

Biography

Karimah Ashadu (b. London 1985) is a British-Nigerian Artist. Her practice is concerned with perceptions of self and place, and notions of labour and patriarchy pertaining to the socio-economic context of Nigeria and West Africa.

Exhibitions and screenings include “ars viva 2020”, Kunstverein in Hamburg and Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, “Power Man”, De Ateliers, Amsterdam Art Weekend, (2018), “An Evening with Karimah Ashadu”, MoMA, New York (2018), “Biennale of Moving Images”, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Faena Arts Center Buenos Aires and Faena Forum, Miami Beach (2016). Public collections include MoMa and City of Geneva.

Ashadu is the recipient of awards such as the ars viva prize (2020) – young talent award of the Culture Committee of German Economy in the BDI, and the 2018-2020 Edith Breckwoldt Studio Fellowship, in association with The Ministry of Culture Hamburg and Künstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg. Awarded jury prizes at Ann Arbor Film Festival, European Media Art Festival and Euro Video. Featured Artist of the 64th Robert Flaherty Seminar, New York. Participant of artists’ institute De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2014 – 2016). Generously supported by Filmförderung Hamburg, African Culture Fund and Hamburg Kulturstiftung, among others. In 2020, Ashadu established her film production company Golddust by Ashadu, specialising in Artists’ films on black culture and African themes. She is a 2021 Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Paris.

She lives and works in Hamburg and Lagos.

 
 

Education

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

 
 

Solo Shows

2021
Secession, Vienna (forthcoming) 

2021
Neue Kunst in Hamburg, Hamburg (forthcoming)

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

 
 

Selected Group Shows

2020
ars viva 2020, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, DE

2019
ars viva 2020, GfZK, Leipzig, DE

2018
64th Robert Flaherty Seminar, Syracuse, New York

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

 
 

Selected
Screenings/Festivals

2020
“From Soil, Sand, and Salt Crystals: Films and Natural Processes”, University of Chicago, Film studies center

2018
“An Evening with Karimah Ashadu”, 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
frameless series, Munich

2016
54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan
VIDEOFORMES International Digital Arts Festival, Clermont-Ferrand

 
 

Residences/Fellowships

2021
Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Paris (forthcoming)

2021
Fogo Island, Canada (forthcoming)

2019
Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, Edenkoben

 
 

Filmography

2020
“Brown Goods”
12.00 mins, HD digital film, colour with sound

2018
“Power Man”
05.00 mins, HD digital film, colour with sound – 2 channel Installation

2016
“Red Gold”
18.00 mins, HD digital film, colour with sound – 2 channel Installation

 
 

Press

2020
Szene Hamburg Magazine (April), Im Licht Afrikas

2019
kulturkreis.eu –  Ars Viva Award 2019
De Ateliers News – Karimah Ashadu nominated for Han Nefkens Foundation-Arco Madrid Video Art Production Award 2019
Millennium Film Journal, Spring 2019

2018
Mubi.com – The Very Eye of the Night, Monica Savirón
Flaherty Seminar – Sight and Sound Journal, Matthew Barrington
Hamburg.de – Karimah Ashadu receives Edith Breckwoldt scholarship

 
 

Publications

2019
ars viva catalogue “Of Men and Boys”, Greg de Cuir, Kerber Verlag

2017
VISIO Outside The Black Box exhibition catalogue, Florence, Mousse Publishing
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement catalogue “In Conversation with Dominic van den Boogerd”, Mousse Publishing, Italy

2016
“Potlatch” exhibition catalogue, De Ateliers, Amsterdam

 
 

Talks/Teaching

2019
Workshop,”The Camera as public instrument”, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

2018
Visiting Artist, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart
Visiting Artist, De Ateliers, Amsterdam
Featured Artist, 64th Flaherty Seminar, New York
Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Maxsine Global Art Education, China

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

 
 

Awards

2020
Contemporary art prize 2020, Rotary Clubs Bonn, Novara and Strasbourg

2019
ars viva prize, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin

2015
“Video Innovation prize”, EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Belgium 

2014
“Special Award”, Split Film Festival, Croatia
“Best of the Festival” Jury prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan

 
 

Grants

2020
Travel grant, Neue Kunst in Hamburg, Hamburg
Production grant (Chrysalis Fellow), Media City Film Festival, Ontario
Production grant, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Production grant, Hamburg Kulturstiftung

2019
Production grant, The African Culture Fund, Bamako

2018
Studio grant (Künstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg), Edith Breckwoldt Foundation and Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media

 
 

Collections

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
City of Geneva Contemporary Art Collection (FMAC)

 
 

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