Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination Fellow

At the start of 2021 I will embark on a fellowship at Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination, Paris.

This incredible opportunity provides the chance to develop a film script, as well as being part of an inspiring group of fellows in a beautiful city.

Over nine months I will develop a docu-fiction set in Senegal, with the goal of production once the fellowship ends.

Many thanks to the Institute – I very much look forward to new beginnings.

“Brown Goods” premieres at Kunstverein in Hamburg

I’m proud to premiere a new short film “Brown Goods” at Kunstverein in  Hamburg on 14 February 2020, as part of the “ars viva” group show with the other prize winners Cemile Sahin and Thibaut Henz. 

My first European production, “Brown Goods” gives insight into the activities of Emeka – a Nigerian migrant trading and exporting  second hand goods from Hamburg’s infamous Billstrasse to West African countries like Nigeria. The show also features a series of new sculptures made from recycled car parts. The exhibition runs until 17 May.

Many thanks to Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft for supporting the production of this work.

Join me in conversation with Bettina Steinbrügge, Director of Kunstverein in Hamburg on the 26th February 2020, 7pm – Kunstverein in Hamburg.

Chrysalis Fellowship, Media City Film Festival

Media City Film Festival’s Chrysalis Fellowship is a platform designed to support artists in the production of new films and related experimental forms. I’m happy to have been selected as a 2020 fellow, amongst a roster inspiring artists.

The support of this fellowship goes towards the production of a forthcoming film titled “Plateau” (working title) which I’ll film in Nigeria in the coming months. More info soon.

Based in Ontario, Media City supports adventurous moving image artists from across Canada and around the world with a focus on the commission  and the dissemination of new work.

 
 
 

ars viva 2020 – Exhibition at gfzk, Leipzig

On the occasion of the ars viva prize, I’m pleased to show at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig this Autumn, along with the two other winners Thibaut Henz and Cemile Sahin.

Exhibition opens 12 October, in collaboration with the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI. Exhibition runs October 13, 2019 
until January 26, 2020.

Winner of the ars viva Prize 2020

I am really excited to have won the ars viva 2020 prize, 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 49 nominated artists. 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 enables 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 organisation supporting creative projects in African countries and the African diaspora.