HAPPY 2023! The Thami Mnyele Foundation wishes you happy and   fruitful year ahead!
We are deeply grateful to you for being a part of our wonderful Thami Mnyele Foundation community. We want to thank you all for supporting our resident artists with your ongoing creative endeavors! 
   Nkule Mabaso in Residency in Januray 2023
In January, Thami Mnyele Foundation welcomes a new resident Nkule Mabaso! Nkule Mabaso is a curator, writer, director of Natal Collective, currently a PhD researcher at HDK-Valand (Academy of Art & Design, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts), University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

During her one month stay in Amsterdam, she will work towards producing a publication on the project she did for for the Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela Brandfort House Interpretive Centre, and is planning to visit archives in Amsterdam in order to build a reader on the cultural impact of Winnie Mandela, evidenced by the work of poets, writers, painters, designers, and more who have written about and sung about her over time. Additionally, she will be visiting and working with multiple Dutch art institutions, such as ZAM Magazine, Zuid Afrika Huis Amsterdam, where she will contribute to a publication about the work of our fellow Ruan Hoffmann who was a resident at Thami Mnyele Foundation in 2010.

As a curator, Nkule Mabaso has worked with Thami Mnyele Foundation before. In 2018, she, together with Manon Braat, curated a group exhibition Tell Freedom at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfort (hosted by Thami Mnyele Foundation), which, among others, included works by our fellows Haroon Gunn-Salie, Aline Xavier, Nare Mokgotho and Neo Image Matloga. We are very happy to work with her again!

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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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    Ina van Vyl: Group Exhibition at Museum Singer Laren

Ina van Zyl on Het Parool
Fellow Ina van Vyl is participating in the group exhibiton De Nieuwe Vrouw (The New Woman) at Museum Singer Laren.

This exhibition tells the story of women's changing social positions, reflected in Dutch art from the end of the 19th century. In the spotlight are women who go up the barricade, enter new fields of work, create masterpieces, build collections, light a cigarette, stroll with their short (or long) haircut or jump on a bicycle. Women who – time and again – challenge the ideas of what is typically 'feminine' or 'masculine', who break with conventions and push boundaries.

The exhibition lasts from 13 September 2022 till 8 January 2023.

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    Bernard Akoi-Jackson: Performance Photo at the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam

Photo of the Performance by Bernard Akoi-Jackson at Dam Square, taken by Lard Buurman
Due to large scale renovations, The Amsterdam Museum has taken residence at the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam. We are very proud to see that  fellow Bernard Akoi-Jackson's performance photos is a part of the exhibition Panorama Amsterdam: a living history of the city. 

In 2021, Akoi-Jackson was awarded the Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Award in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum. Akoi-Jackson was part of the "Golden Coach" exhibition at Amsterdam Museum. On 18th June, Akoi-Jackson gave a performance that took the last route of the much debated Dutch royal Golden Coach took in 2002.

This photo of performance can be seen at Hermitage Amsterdam Museum. 

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    Neo Matloga: Solo Exhibition Extended in Hermitage Museum Amsterdam

  Okae Glenda, 2021
Fellow Neo Matloga's exhibition 'along came your eyes' at Hermitage Amsterdam Museum has been extended till 8 January 2023.

Last year the tenth ABN AMRO Art Award was granted to Neo Matloga. As part of this prize, his exhibition, along came your eyes, has opened at the Hermitage Amsterdam. For this solo show Matloga produced a series of seven new works.

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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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    Abdulrazaq Awofeso: Joins Ed Cross Gallery in London

Abdulrazaq Awofeso photographed by Tegen Kimbley
We congratulate fellow Abdulrazaq Awofeso for joining Ed Cross London, and for his forthcoming exhibition at Museum Arnhem, in 2023.

Ed Cross will represent the UK-based Nigerian artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso (b. 1978, Lagos, Nigeria) and present a solo exhibition of new work by Awofeso at 19 Garrett Street, London, in spring 2023.

Ed Cross, Director, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Abdulrazaq Awofeso. Like many great ideas, his merging of painting with sculpture, and his elevation and expansion of portraiture towards installation, are disarmingly simple — truly one of the African continent’s brightest young art stars.”

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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 this year.

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