Lakin Ogunbanwo in Residency in April, May and June

Photo Series 'E wá wo mi' "Come Look at Me", 2019

We congratulate Lakin Ogunbanwo for receiving the Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Award in April - June 2022.

Lakin Ogunbanwo, photographer from Nigeria, was selected in 2020 to be awarded the Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Award by the Foundation together with Touria El Glaoui, the director of 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair in Marrakesh Morocco. This is part of our foundation 30th anniversary celebration activities. During the lockdowns, it was not possible for Lakin to come to the Netherlands. Finally we will receive him in Amsterdam in April this year.

Portrait of Lakin Ogunbanwo

Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the African studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70s.

Central to Ogunbanwo’s artistic investigation, is his desire to document the culture of  Nigeria’s capital, Lagos; expand the contemporary African visual archive; and portray self-represented African narratives. He documents the complexity of his culture using veiled portraiture and fashion as a cultural signifier, and in doing so, counteracts the West’s monolithic gaze on Africa.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1987, Ogunbanwo’s work has featured in the The New Yorker, New York Times, Vogue Italia, ID online, British GQ and Riposte Magazine, amongst others. His solo exhibitions include e wá wo mi  (2019), We Must Not Be Looking (2017) and Are We Good Enough (2015) at WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town. He has also shown a selection of his works at the Niki Cryan Gallery in Lagos. Upcoming exhibitions include FACELESS Transforming Identity at the Cairns art Gallery ,Australia.

Recently, he was the recipient of the Thami Mnyele award and residency for 2020. Ogunbanwo attended the MMCA Residency programmed by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. He was also commissioned to show in the window displays of Galeries Lafayette, Paris in the Africa Now exhibition (2017). His work forms part of the public collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia and the Wedge Collection in Toronto, Canada.

Lakin Ogunbanwo is represented by WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.​
Website of Lakin Ogunbanwo
Website of WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery
Instagram of Lakin Ogunbanwo

View the feature of Lakin on De Volkskrant 2022

Photo Series 'E wá wo mi' "Come Look at Me", 2019

Friday 13 May 
Alternative Residency Tour

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Saturday 14 May 
Open Studio 

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Presentation about the ins and outs of the Thami Mnyele Foundation Artist in Residency and and an artist talk with the resident Lakin Ogunbanwo.

More info on AAW website

    Terrence Musekiwa at Venice Biennale

Fellow Terrence Musekiwa 

We congratulate fellow Terrence Musekiwa for being one of the four artists representing Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.

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    Solo Exhibition of Dineo Seshee Bopape
    At Ocean Space Venice Italy

Exhibition views of The Soul Expanding Ocean #3: Dineo Seshee Bopape. 2022, Ocean Space, Venice
Photo credit: Matteo De Fina

Fill still, The Soul Expanding Ocean #3: Dineo Seshee Bopape. 2021-2022

Fellow Dineo Seshee Bopape's solo exhibition The Soul Expanding Ocean #3: Dineo Seshee Bopape. Ocean! What if no change is your desperate mission? is now on show at Ocean Space in Venice. 

The exhibition is commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy, as part of a two-year curatorial cycle entitled The Soul Expanding Ocean by Ocean Space’s 2021 and 2022 curator Chus Martínez.

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    Rijksmuseum Document Netherlands
    Junior Photo Competition with Sharelly Emanuelson

Fellow Sharelly Emanuelson is invited by Rijksmuseum Document Netherlands Junior Photo Competition. 
The 10 nominees will be invited to two masterclasses under the guidance of photographer Sharelly Emanuelson and experts from the Rijksmuseum. 

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    Richard Kofi in the After Talk of Hissy Fit

Performance Hissy Fit
Photo credit: Daniel Nicoletti

Fellow Richard Kofi was invited to the after talk of performance Hissy Fit by Christian Guerematchi at Frascati Theatre Amsterdam.

Hissy Fit connects the virile dance styles breaking and krump, the popular music movement drillrap, virtual reality and afro-pessimism, bringing their turbulent inner world close to the audience. 

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    Sharelly Emanuelson Curates Online Exhibition 
    Textile Culture Net

Online exhibition Textile Culture Net

Fellow Sharelly Emanuelson is the curator of the new online exhibition by Textile Culture Net, an international network of 4 textile institutions worldwide founded in Summer 2020 during the pandemic: Mil 6 CHAT in Hong Kong, Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwain Łódź, Poland, Lottozero in Prato, Italy and Textile Museum in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Using Instagram, the Net showcased a diverse palette of cultural perspectives from around the globe on textile art and design.

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    Georges Senga at Z33 Hasselt Belgium

Exhibition Charging Myths

Fellow Georges Senga is participating in the exhibition Charging Myth by collective On-Trade-Off who follows the trail of lithium and departs from Manono (Democratic Republic of Congo) to question how technological innovation depend on raw materials. 

The exhibition is on show from 6 March to 21 August 2022 in Z33 Hasselt Belgium.

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    Zanele Muholi, Neo Matloga, Ina van Zyl 
    at Akzo Noble Art Foundation 25th Jubilee Exhibition 

Ina van Zyl, Natasja, 2020
We congratulate Akzo Noble Art Foundation for their 25th anniversary and with the festive Jubilee Exhibition ALL EYES | We Are The Collections!

We congratulate our fellow Ina van Zyl, together with fellows Zanele Muholi, Neo Matloga for taking part of this exhibition. 
    Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi at Tropenmuseum 
Exhibition view with the work of fellow Option Dzikamai
Fellow Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi's work is now on show at exhibition Healing Power in the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam till 6 June 2022. The exhibition Healing Power provides insight into various forms of healing power and shows the search of modern man for balance between body, soul and spirit.

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