Dekoloniale and Contemporary And (C&) are pleased to announce the three artists selected for its annual residency program in Berlin, Germany: Lulu Jemimah, Maya Alam & Vitjitua Ndjiharine.
The three very talented residents were selected by the Dekoloniale Berlin Residency’s high-profile 2022 jury consisting of the architect Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, the Chief Creative Officer Dora Osinde, the curatorial collective »Nyabinghi Lab« (Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall, Timnit Zéré), the visual artist Raul Walch, Contemporary And (C&)’s cultural managers Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba as well as Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard and Anna Yeboah on behalf of the Dekoloniale team.
Dekoloniale In[ter]ventions subproject manager Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard: »We are thrilled! The three residents were chosen from a very talented pool of candidates in an open call based on the strength of their artistic work and their explicit desire to work collaboratively and address issues related to Dekoloniale. The three artists will adapt their ideas in response to one another and integrate their work as part of a joint endeavor to uncover and transform historical colonial stratifications and dominant narratives in Berlin’s public space.« Lulu Jemimah, Maya Alam & Vitjitua Ndjiharine will be staying in Berlin from June to September this year and present their works within the 2022 edition of the Dekoloniale Festival (2.9.-4.9.2022).
Dekoloniale Writing Residency: Lulu Jemimah
Lulu Jemimah is a writer, producer, and media consultant from Uganda. With over ten years’ experience she has worked across different platforms from print to radio, stage, and screen. She has also been involved in communicating research to broader audiences across topics like health, economics, history and politics. Her research applies elements of creativity in analyzing both historical and contemporary culture in the media. She recently portrayed Christine in the one woman theater show »Tropical Fish« adapted from the book with the same name. Jemimah is also a teacher of audio drama scriptwriting through organizations like Tebere Arts Foundation. She is a graduate of Macquarie University (BA) and The University of Oxford (Mst. Creative Writing).
Dekoloniale Architecture Residency: Maya Alam
Maya Alam is a German architect and educator of Indian and German descent. She focuses on the entanglement of architecture and visuality and their relationship to constructs of power. Aiming to negotiate ideas of unstable monuments and multivalent identities, she explores forms of engagement that allow for more than one viewpoint. She was the inaugural recipient of the Boghosian Fellowship and has taught at several universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Syracuse & SCI-Arc. She is a founding partner of A/P practice. Their work has been exhibited most recently at Yale University, Kent University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the A+D Museum, where they experiment with contemporary imaging & surveying technologies to recalibrate our agency across physical and digital spaces.
Dekoloniale Design Residency: Vitjitua Ndjiharine
Vitjitua Ndjiharine is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works across various media to deconstruct and re-contextualize texts and images found within archival spaces. Her interdisciplinary approach utilizes drawing, painting, collage, and site installation as tools that enable a critical engagement with historical content. Drawing insight from fields such as History, Journalism, Graphic Design and Cultural Anthropology, Vitjitua’s work explores themes and topics related to construction of identity and intersectional models of knowledge production.In 2015, her painting « Metropolis » won third prize at the Labor Arts ‘Making Work Visible’ contest in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from The City College of New York in 2017. In 2018 Vitjitua received a research fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation allowing her to work in collaboration with the research center for “Hamburg’s (Post-)Colonial Legacy”, MARKK and M.Bassy in Hamburg. In 2021-2022 she was awarded a fellowship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude and an Artist Residency with Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Arts Council.