Tamrat Gezahegne in Residency in July 2022

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We congratulate Tamrat Gezahegne for receiving the Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency Award in July 2022. Gezahegne will be working in the studio in Amsterdam in the month of July and will be focused on the research of language and art.

Portrait of Tamrat Gezahegne

Tamrat Gezahegne (Addis Ababa, 1977) graduated from Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design with a diploma in painting. He is a founding member of Netsa Art Village which was the most dynamic venue for the flourishing of the contemporary art scene in Ethiopia. Tamrat has shown his works in Egypt, France, Spain, Germany, England, Sweden, Norway, Pakistan, The Netherlands, Morocco, South Africa, the UAE and the USA.

Tamrat's work as an artist ranges from being a landscape and portrait painter to his relentless studio practice and experimentation, as well as installation and performance. Currently his enthusiastic research on indigenous knowledge inculcates his meditations. 

Tamrat  believes that an artists' endeavour is almost like an enlightened one who enables the culture, the societal knowledge and the aura of the society to be the counterpart of the life that one lives. He aspires for his art to be part of the journey that the society travels through.

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    MADEYOULOOK at Documenta 15

Installation view at venue Ballroom of Hotel Hessenland

Fellow MADEYOULOOK (A Johannesburg-based interdisciplinary artist collaboration between Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho) is presenting at Documenta 15 in Kassel Germany. 

MADEYOULOOK emphasize spatiality: how we manage space, and how space manages us. Their project is a terraformation: a modification of a surface to rethink and re-experience how we inhabit the world.

MADEYOULOOK produce an undulating floor made of variable shifting heights, an anti-ergonomic exercise that refuses efficiency and comfort, that activates discomfort or unease as a trigger to re-evaluate the body’s complacency. 

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    Terrence Musekiwa at Venice Biennale

Work of Fellow Terrence Musekiwa at Venice Biennale

Portrait of 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.

Terrence Musekiwa comes from a long line of sculptors. He started carving stone at the age of five, initially assisting his father and later moving away from traditional aesthetics. While each work begins with the familiar toil of shaping the stone, works are then fused with a myriad of found and industrial objects including chains, plastics, glue and resin. His visual language wrestles with convention to simultaneously challenge and pay homage to Zimbabwean tradition. His conceptual vernacular introduces a dialogue about present-day Zimbabwe, its mechanics, politics, micro and macro trade systems, hardships and a quality of magic that permeates the personal lives of its inhabitants.

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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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    Performance of Bernard Akoi-Jackson
    on the Wall of Dam Square Amsterdam 

Performance of fellow Bernard Akoi-Jackson during his residency in 2021
Photo credit: Lard Buurman

Dam Square Amsterdam is under renovation at the moment. There is a wall around the square to showcase the history.

We are very honoured to find the performance by fellow Bernard Akoi-Jackson in 2021 to be depicted on the wall and to be remembered as part of the history of Dam Square.

This performance entitled “a_GOLDEN[R]AGE…(?) a_CRUCIBLE(?): an alchemistic and slightly tongue approach to history in cheek... with what courage does one, in a_GOLDEN[R]AGE… singly ride a_GOLD[en] carriage through a_CRUCIBLE on the Plein in plain sight… (2021)” is part of the "Golden Coach" exhibition at Amsterdam Museum, as well as the 30th anniversary celebration activities of the Thami Mnyele Foundation. The photo is taken by Lard Buurman. 

    Reveal of Mural Painted by Richard Kofi
    in Amsterdam New West

Photo credit: Denise van Gerven

Left to Right: Raul Balai, Richard Kofi and Annemarie de wildt 

On 13 July, the 25 meter - tall mural made by fellow Richard Kofi in conversations with the residents of the De Boeg neighbourhood was unveiled on the De Boeg Care Centre Building  on Hoofdweg in Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam New West. This mural is an initiative by the district west to give the residents more colors by connecting them with the artist.

The mural depicts three elderly people, which are inspired by the residents. In addition, there is a floating eye above the "residents" which symbolizes a resident or partner who is unfortunately no longer there or as a memory that comes to life again.

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    Collaboratory Film by Richard Kofi Won Best Award

Richard Kofi and Junadry at the award ceremony

We congratulate fellow Richard Kofi  and his collaboration dance film with Junadry entitled IMPRENTA for winning the award for Best Contemporary African Dance Film at the African Diaspora Cinema Festival in Florence Italy. 

This film was made during his residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in 2021. Besides the award in Italy, it has also been screened at the Charlotte Black Film Festival in the United States. 

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    Collaboratory Film by Richard Kofi Won Best Award

Exhibition view

Work by fellow Neo Matloga


We congratulate fellow Neo Image Matloga was awarded the 10th ABN AMRO Art Prize last year.

On 18 May this year, his exhibition 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴 was opened at Hermitage Amsterdam as part of the prize.

In his new work, Matloga's shows his characters sitting on the beach, in an intimate embrace in a swimming pool or together in a cafe. They fix their eyes on the visitor, but their heads are consistentin profile, possibly a reference to ethnic profiling. In this way, Matloga leads the gaze of his characters and that of the viewer ‒ far beyond the canvas. The title of the exhibitionalong came your eyesreflects this poetic play in which the gaze is pulled back and forth.

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    Ek'mal Eyongakpa Exhibits at Paradys
    At Oranjewoud Forest

Work of Ek'mal Eyongakpa at Exhibition Paradys

Fellow Ek'mal Eyongakpa  is participating in the exhibition Paradys in the Oranjewoud Forest.

Em'kal Eyongakpa is an artist from Cameroon, who is known for physical sound works that evoke a personal and collective  experience. For Paradys he makes a sound work for which he first records local sounds, and then has them re-sound and feel again in a completely new way, in an unexpected place. At Eyongakpa the viewer experiences sound, music, not only through the ears, but also, and just as importantly, through the body.

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    Razia Barsatie exhibits at Kunst Kan Amsterdam
    Lecture with CUPP Collective 

We congratulate our fellow Razia Barsatie for her exhibition at Kunst Kan Amsterdam from July 1 to July 30. 

On July 24, there will be a lecture together with our former resident CUPP Collective (initiated by Razia Barsatie and Marjet Zwaans) on the exchange program they have with Suriname.
    Marjet Zwaans participates in Unfair Amsterdam

We congratulate fellow Marjet Zwaans for participating in Unfair Amsterdam on 15-17 July.

As an introduction to their collaboration Zwaans and Totomboti present their jointly produced new works at Unfair22, 
entitled Mindi matu - with(in) the forest.  Artist Marjet Zwaans from Amsterdam and artist collective Totomboti from Pikin Slee find artistic common ground by looking at forms and systems from nature. 

Marjet is one of the initiators of the CUPP Collective
 together with Razia Barsatie, who were in the Foundation residency in March this year.

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    Basse Stittgen Participates in Group Exhibition
    at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Basse Stittgen, Blood Related, 2017 – ongoing.
Dried, heated and pressed discarded cowblood.
Photo credit: Basse Stittgen

Installation view
Photo credit: Gert Jan van Rooij
We congratulate fellow Basse Stittgen for presenting his work in the exhibition 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘍***𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘺𝘢𝘳𝘥. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘍𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The exhibition that designers can make a compelling difference: through innovative experiments or by drawing on local knowledge, they invite us to look at materials in a radically new way and offer us design that is both responsible and aesthetic, comfortable and accessible.

Basse is part of the CUPP Collective
 initiated by Razia Barsatie and Marjet Zwaans who were in the Foundation residency in March this year.

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    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 28 August 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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    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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