Jean Katambayi Mukendi in Residency in February 2023

Jean Katambayi Mukendi, The Concentrator (detail), 2022. Installation view, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium, 2022. Photo credit: Kristof Vrancken

Photo by Lubumbashi Biennale

We are happy to announce the new Thami Mnyele residency award winner is Jean Katambayi Mukendi, who will join us in February. In Amsterdam, Jean Katambayi, as a member of On-Trade-Off collective, will work on producing new artworks for an upcoming exhibition Charging Myths at Framer Framed. 

Jean Katambayi Mukendi is an artist and scientist who lives and works in Lubumbashi (DRC). He has also studied and is passionate about technology, mechanics, geometry and electricity, which form a foundation for his artistic approaches. He creates fragile and complex installations animated by sophisticated electrical mechanisms. His technological discoveries are part of a search for solutions to the social problems of current Congolese society. His main source of inspiration is the permanent questioning of our society, which seems dichotomous.

It is the second time we work with the transnational artist collective On-Trade-Off and their long-term research project investigating the mining culture of Manono, the Democratic republic of the Congo (DCR). On-Trade-Off is initiated by Picha (Lubumbashi, DRC) and Enough Room for Space (Brussels, BE). The exhibition at Charging Myths Framer Framed will also include works by our fellow George Senga, who is also a member of On-Trade-Off artist collective. In summer 2019 George Senga received the Thami Mnyele Foundation Award to work on an exhibition with Cargo in Context Amsterdam On-Trade-Off: The Weight of Wonders.

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  On-Trade-Off exhibition Charging Myths at Framer Framed | Opening 24th of February

Thami Mnyele Award winner and current resident Jean Katambayi Mukendi and our fellow George Senga, as members of transnational artist collective On-Trade-Off, are participating in the group exhibition Charging Myths at Framer Framed.

The artist led research of On-Trade-Off was sparked by the large-scale mining of lithium in Manono, DRC. A site of historical extractivism, Manono has also become swept up in the race for green energy as lithium has become a valuable material for electrical technology. The members of On-Trade-Off created a collaborative platform for the exchange of trans-disciplinary knowledge in order to investigate how technological innovation has become dependent on natural resources, following chains of value across the globe.

The exhibition is a co-production of Framer Framed and Z33.
Join us for the opening on 23rd of February, at 7 pm. 

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Abdulrazaq Awofeso: solo show with Ed Cross gallery named number 1 booth at 1-54 Marrakech Art Fair

Abdulrazaq Awofeso with his solo presentation Broad Streets at 1-54 Marrakech, @ Ed Cross gallery
ArtNet named Ed Cross booth with fellow Abdulrazaq Awofeso's new portrait works Broad Streets as number 1 at 1-54 Marrakech Art Fair! The fair took place from 9 to 12 February 2023.  

Based on characters observed and encountered by the artist on two roads with the same name – one a hub of nightlife and socialising in Birmingham, UK, and the other a commercial centre in Lagos, Nigeria – Broad Streets draws parallels between the cities and the people who inhabit them.

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    Ina van Zyl: Group Exhibition at Galerie Onrust 

Ina van Zyl, Elephant, 2022
Fellow Ina van Zyl is participating in the group exhibiton Then There Were Three  at Galerie Onrust

Intuition is like a scent; elusive, invisible and yet instantly familiar. That unnameable certainty, about each other and about each other's work, brings Odile Maarek, Diane Quinby and Ina van Zyl together. Three artists, three women, who as intuitively as spontaneously decided to do something together, "like people starting a band would do".

All three of them project experiences, emotions and insights onto their surroundings that they are close to. In close-up, magnified or distorted.
The exhibition lasts from 21st of January to 25th of February.

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 Guy Woueté's photos in Foam Magazine 63: FOOD! The Nourishing Issue⁠

Series Terre & Visages, @ Guy Woueté 2015-2020
Fellow Guy Woueté's series of photographs "Terre & Visages" is a part of the Foam Magazine 63: FOOD! The Nourishing Issue.

You are what you eat! Food fuels us, heals us, and connects us. However, the subject also raises questions around sustainability, labour, exploitation, and politics. In this issue of Foam Magazine we look at how food drives us apart, brings us together and moves us forward — all at the same time.⁠

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Richard Kofi: Full Circle Artist Talk at Felix Meritis

Portrait of Richard Kofi

Fellow Richard Kofi will be a part of Full Circle conversations programme at Felix Meritis. During the 5th edition of Full Circle talk show, moderated by Dymphie Braun, he will talk about his artistic and curatorial practice, recent projects, including La Sirène, a project made with choreographer & dancer Junadry Leocaria, and the residency at the Erasmus Huis is in collaboration with Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta.

The event will take place at Felix Meritis, on 17 February, at 8 pm.  

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    Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Jelili Atiku: Live Art Network Africa Gathering 

Bernard Akoi-Jackson. REDTAPEONBOTTLENECK. LANA Symposium 2018. Photograph by Xolani Tulumani.
Fellows Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Jelili Atiku will participate at the Live Art Network Africa gathering at UCT Hiddingh Campus in Cape town as speakers and performers. The Live Art Network Africa gathering will take place from 16 to 19 of February.

Live Art Network Africa (LANA) was formed in 2018 to promote and support Live Art on the African Continent. Live Art, sometimes known as Performance Art, is a practice by both visual and performing artists.

Gathering is a meeting of Live Art practitioners, producers, curators, writers and audience members in an inter-disciplinary event comprising conference sessions, punctuated by seminal performances.

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Neo Matloga: in Group Exhibition Brave New World at Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle

Dikarata, Collage, charcoal, liquid charcoal, ink, soft pastel & acrylic on canvas, 175cm x 250cm, 2021, @ Neo Matloga

Fellow Neo Matloga is one of 16 young painters whose works are part of a group exhibition Brave New World at Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle.

Painting is more vibrant and robust now than ever. Today’s painters combine traditional techniques with contemporary themes, narratives and motifs, demonstrating that in this day and age, painting can be the perfect Trojan horse: appealing and seductive, but often conveying a razor-sharp message. Brave New World will showcase the work of 16 painters under the age of 40 who are among the best in the world today. A show full of multiple perspectives, varied histories and new aesthetic frameworks, curated by author and art historian Hans den Hartog Jager.

The exhibition is open from 23 January to 11 June.

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   Guy Woueté: in Group Exhibition Sensation at Emergent Gallery in Veurne

Capital & Masque I, Ongoing series of photo, Digital prints on White Baryta 305g/m2 Diasec Satine plexi , 66,7cm x 100cm , ed. 3 + 2AP, @ Guy Woueté 2018

Fellow Guy Woueté will be a part of a group exhibition Sensation at Emergent gallery in Veurne, brought together by Marcel Berlanger. 

What do you do as an artist when you are invited to a major solo exhibition, while many of your younger colleagues hardly get a job in these unprecedented times? For Marcel Berlanger, the answer was clear: he promptly decided to invite a number of artists he befriended and admired - most of whom were much younger than him - to exhibit together. No strict theme was imposed or well-known curator invited, the artists decided to sit together and discuss each other's work. “ Nobody looks at art like artists ,” John Baldessari rightly remarked.

Text: Sam Steverlynck

The exhibition is open from 18 February to 16 April

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   Sharelly Emanuelson: Exhibition at Rijksmuseum & Interview on Podcast Kunststof

Photo work by Sharelly Emanuelson

Fellow Sharelly Emanuelson has been commissioned by the Rijksmuseum to photograph sustainability in the Netherlands and the six Dutch Caribbean islands. In the exhibition Retain/Tene/Sustain , Emanuelson investigates the balance between humans and their environment in the light of climate change and the impact of our daily actions. From the waste processing industry to a small human action such as the creative reuse of PET bottles.

Document Nederland 2022 can be seen from September 23, 2022 to February 15, 2023 in the Photo Gallery of the Rijksmuseum.

Fellow Sharelly Emanuelson is on the new episode of podcast Kunststof with Frénk van der Linden to talk about her exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. 

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    Andris Botha:  Permanent Work at Museum Volkenkunde featured on ASC Leiden

Openluchtarchief of Oranje Blanje, Bleu, 2000
The work by fellow Andris Botha is featured on ASC Leiden as a guide for traces of Africa in the city.

Outside the Museum Volkenkunde is a permanent exhibition by fellow Andries Botha: Openluchtarchief of Oranje Blanje, Bleu. In 2000, Botha collected objects in the Netherlands for an exhibition about the 'tribal' characteristics of the Dutch. The objects are displayed in steel display cases in the garden of the museum. In the accompanying texts, Botha comments on the alleged Dutch national character in his native language, Afrikaans - which largely descends from Dutch.

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    Atta Kwami: Maria Lassing Prize Mural Installed at Serpentine London

Atta Kwami, Dzidzɔ kple amenuveve (Joy and Grace), 2021-22. Installation View: Maria Lassnig Prize Mural, Serpentine North Garden, 6 September 2022 – 3 September 2023.
Courtesy of the Estate of Atta Kwami.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

Portrait of Atta Kwami
Credit: Modern Painters New Decorators

Our fellow Atta Kwami passed away in 2021 and our heart goes out to his widow Pamela Clarkson. We are grateful to see the mural work of Atta Kwami presented at the Serpentine North Garden London, as the winner of the Maria Lassing Prize. 

With a career spanning 40 years, Kwami’s practice brought together painting, architecture, sculpture, and education. Born in Accra, Ghana he trained and taught for 20 years at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Kwami lived primarily in Kumasi and later in Loughborough, UK, keeping a studio in both cities and drawing inspiration for his paintings from both global and local art histories and traditions. His compositions of geometric strips, stripes and grids particularly connect to Northern Ghanaian wall and house painting, street vendor kiosks, commercial sign painting, woven textiles, Ghanaian music, and jazz.

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    Samson Kambalu: Sculpture Revealed on the Fourth Plinth London

Samson Kambalu with Antelope, 2022.
Photograph: James O Jenkins

Samson Kambalu’s Antelope on the fourth plinth. 
Photograph: Future Publishing/Getty Images

We congratulate fellow Samson Kambalu for the reveal of his sculpture work Antelope on the prestigous Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Antelope by Samson Kambalu will occupy one of the highest profile public art spaces in world from September 2022 till 2024.

Antelope by Samson Kambalu restages a 1914 photograph of Baptist preacher and pan-Africanist John Chilembwe, and European missionary John Chorley as a sculpture. Chilembwe has his hat on, defying the colonial rule that forbade Africans from wearing hats in front of white people.

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    Lakin Ogunbanwo: Film Shown at Africa Fashion Exhibition at V&A Museum London

Seyon wears top by Orange Culture, blazer, skirt and trousers by Mmuso Maxwell, belt by Christie Brown, earrings by Quazi Designs, bracelet by Adele Dejak. Photography Lakin Ogunbanwo, creative direction Nataal, 2022. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

We congratulate fellow Lakin Ogunbanwo for his new short film and photographic story - Who Dey Shake, made in collaboration with the V&A and Nataal magazine, which is on show at the Africa Fashion Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum till 16 April 2023.

The idea for the project was sparked by curator Dr Christine Checinska’s interest in the culture of movement and how clothing and adornment relates to identity through the performance of style.

Lakin Ogunbanwo was in the Foundation residency in spring last year.

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