Silver Lion Award for a Promising Young Participant – 60th Venice Biennale

Karimah Ashadu is awarded the “Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant” at the International Art Exhibition of the 60th Venice Biennale, with her film installation ‘Machine Boys’ (2024). 

She extends much gratitude to the Jury who explains:

“With a searing intimacy, she captures the vulnerability of young men from the agrarian north of Nigeria who have migrated to Lagos and end up riding illegal motorbike taxis. Her feminist camera lens is extraordinarily sensitive and intimate, capturing the bikers’ subcultural experience as well as their economic precarity.”

The artist thanks her family, Adriano Pedrosa and the entire Curatorial and Biennale teams, Fondazione in between Art Film – Beatrice Bulgari, Leonardo Bigazzi and Alessandro Rabottini, Moin Film Förderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Bikers, Crew and post-production teams.

The 60th International Art Exhibition runs until Sunday 24 November, 2024. Ashadu’s work can be seen in the Arsenale.

60th Venice Biennale: “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere”

Karimah Ashadu invited to show new work at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

The 60th International Art Exhibition will take place from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 24 November, 2024 (pre-opening on April 17, 18 and 19).

Double Feature Screening, Schirn Kunsthalle

Schirn Kunsthalle’s well loved program “Double Feature”, invites Ashadu for an evening discussion and public screening of “Plateau”, as well as Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Waiting for Happiness”.

Join us on 25 Jan 2023 at 7.30pm, with Ashadu in conversation with one of the Kunsthalle’s Curators. A video interview filmed at Frankfurts’ “Palmengarten Winterlichter” is also produced by Schirn Kunsthalle.


Deutschlandfunk Kultur Radio Interview

In an interview with one of Germany’s largest culture programs for radio, Ashadu speaks with Axel Schröder, Hamburg’s correspondant for Deutschlandfunk Kultur, about producing works like “Brown Goods’, as well as the recent film “Cowboy”, which is the 2022 winner of the Prize of the Botterstraße in Bremen.

Listen to the broadcast

Radio Feature: Bremen Zwei

Radio interview with Bremen’s largest broadcaster “Bremen Zwei”, on the occasion of the Kunstprize of the Botterstraße in Bremen.

Listen now.

SPRC Podcast Interview for UCL

In conversation with Lara Choksey, for UCL’s SPRC podcast series.

Produced by UCL’s Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation.

Listen now