Sharelly Emanuelson (1986) is a Caribbean based director/filmmaker. Emanuelson’s focus is to document and represent some of the many perspectives and experiences of the Caribbean (and Diaspora). She is also the founder of Uniarte, a non-profit, artists-led organization on Curaçao and The Netherlands that works to contribute to a fertile and sustainable environment for art to flourish in a contemporary Caribbean context. |

Together with Sasha Dees, a curator specialised in the area of the Caribbean,
we have granted Sharelly Emanuelson
The Thami Mnyele Foundation Award for Sharelly to stay in the residency in the last months of 2019.


Born and raised in the Dutch Caribbean, studied film in the Netherlands and returned home to be able to tell universal and intimate stories from the Dutch Caribbean islands and the larger Caribbean region.


While she is continuously sharpening her own aesthetic and signature, she keeps looking for new ways of representation and angles of approaching the themes and discourses she is interested in. With striking observations, she takes us into another world that is always very personal. Sensitive topics are portrayed in a pleasant, non-radical way with humoristic insinuations.

Her films and film installation have been screened at different festivals and exhibitions. Apart from winning the audience award in 2011 at the Africa in the Picture film festival she received the Master award at KABK in 2014 and just recently received the encouragement spotlight Award of 2018, requesting her to continue making work.  Emanuelson is also the founder of Uniarte, a non-profit, artists led organization on Curacao.

Video Installation Siudadanos, 15 minutes, 2015

In the Netherlands

This summer, Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Georges Senga prepared his contribution for the exhibition "On-Trade-Off: The Weight of Wonders" at Cargo in Context and Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, 15 November - 21 December 2019.

Le Vide / The Void: Untitled 01 (detail), 2019

On-Trade-Off is a long-term artistic research project by an international group of artists, filmmakers and researchers, that want to bring attention to the ecological and economic implications of the extraction and processing of lithium, the most important natural resource for the world-wide production of "green" energy. In the West, lithium is presented as a major step in the production of a green economy, while the burdens for the local population, where lithium is extracted, are neglected.  

There will also be public programs at Cargo in Context and Brakke Grond
Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Razia Barsati (Suriname), will take part in The Great Suriname exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, 5 October 2019 - 2 February 2020. 

Title, 2019

"Razia Barsatie plays an important role in the Surinamese art world, her work and approach to teaching marks that of a new generation. Paintings of the faya lobie, djompo voetoe and the spectacular inlands are an important part of the Surinamese cultural expression. Alongside are those artists such as Razia Barsatie who touch upon the understanding of their culture, their history and the entrenched prejudices that are still aspects of daily life."

The Great Suriname Exhibition tells the fascinating story of the country and its inhabitants, a community of people from different backgrounds. The exhibition covers the entire cultural history of Suriname, from the earliest settlements to the independent republic it is today.

The exhibition of Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Thania Petersen (South Africa) at No Man's Gallery, presented as part of Afrovibe Festival is now on show until the 1st of December.

BAQA, 2016 (film still), digital video, 7 minutes 47 secs, Edition of 5

Thania Petersen is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses photography, performance and installation to address the intricacies and complexities of her identity in contemporary South Africa.

Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi (Zimbabwe) presents his drawings 'Zviyera Yera (taboos)'  as part of the exhibition 'Helende Kracht' in museum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden till 5 January 2020.

The drawings 'Zviyera Yera (taboos)' show the relationship between the observable world and the world of the ancestors.

Untitled, Ink, coffee on paper, 2018

Thami Mnyele Foundation alumni Ina van Zyl (South Africa) presents her works at exhibition 'depARTment STORE - 75 years of Visual Arts in Heerlen' at SCHUNCK, among with Karel Appel, Armando, Maria Barnas, Eugene Brands, Charlotte Dumas, Marlene Dumas, Hadassah Emmerich, Romy Finke, Daan van Golden and more.

The exhibition will last until 15th March 2020.

Compass, Oil on canvas, 2017

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