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Karimah Ashadu

Works


Galleries

Karimah Ashadu
Karimah Ashadu
45 Windsor road
N33SN London
United Kingdom

E-Mail: karimah@karimahashadu.com




Statement

Karimah Ashadu (b. London 1985) is a British/Nigerian multi-disciplinary Artist. She initially trained as a Painter, before turning to performance and the moving image while undertaking a Masters in Spatial Design.

Ashadu investigates sentiments of movement and narration. Typically, she considers experimental modes of moving image capture aided by hand-crafted mechanisms. These mechanisms probe space, and are fundamental to the introduction of notions like the role of perspective in storytelling. The work also explores the concept of relationships including perceptions of self and place.
A graduate of Chelsea College of Art, London, Ashadu has exhibited internationally including Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Maison des arts George Pompidou, Cajarc and African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos.

She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including De Ateliers, ARTE Creative, Arts Council England and British Council.

She lives and works between Amsterdam, London and Lagos.


Biography

Born 1985 in London
Lives and works in London

Education

2011
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
M.A. Interior and Spatial Design – applied art (film specialism)
2007
The University of Reading School of Arts and Communication, Berkshire
B.A Fine Art and History of Art and Architecture

Residencies

2014 - 16
De Ateliers, Amsterdam
2014
GoetheonMain, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg
Maison Daura, La Maison des arts Georges Pompidou', Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Voyons Voir, Aix-en-Provence
2013
HomeBase VI Project Art Residency’, Jerusalem, Israel

Awards

2015
“Video Innovation Prize”, EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Belgium
2014
De Ateliers Grant, Amsterdam
Arts Council England and British Council “AIDF” Grant, UK
“Special Award”, Split Film Festival, Croatia
“Best of the Festival” Jury Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan
2013
“Arte Creative Newcomer Award” Jury Prize, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Finalist – National Art Competition, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos

Commissions

2015
Film - (forthcoming 2016) Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva
2013
Film - ‘Lagos Sand Merchants’, Arte Creative, France

Selected screenings

2016
Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (forthcoming Nov 2016)
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (forthcoming May 2016)

2015
EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Aachen, Germany
“Does Not Equal”, W139 Space for contemporary art, Amsterdam
Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London

2014
De Ateliers New Participants, Amsterdam
Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires
Athens Video Art Festival, Athens
Split Film Festival, Croatia
GoetheOnMain (Goethe-Institut), Johannesburg
Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan
ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Maison des arts George Pompidou, Cajarc
Château Grand Boise (voyons voir), Trets
ARTEUM – musée d’art contemporain, Châteauneuf-le-Rouge
Ford Foundation (African Artists’ Foundation), Lagos
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück
Now&After Video Art Festival, Victoria Art Gallery, Samara
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan

2013
National Art Competition, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos
Southampton Film Week, Southampton, UK
Festival Internacional de VideoArte, Buenos Aires
Danube Video Art Festival, Austria
Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago
Facade Video Festival, Plovdiv
One Minute Film and Video Festival, Aarau
VIDEOEX Experimental Film and Video Festival, Zürich
Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario
Experimental Film Festival Portland, Portland, Oregon
Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne
Now&After Video Art Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück
Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture', Berlin
'Film as Measure Exhibition': Cookhouse Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2012
Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria
The Public (Sandwell Arts Trust), West Midlands, UK

2011
Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA Interior/Spatial Design Degree Show, London
EWHA University, Seoul, Korea
South London Gallery, London
Wimbledon Space, London
Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria
AFEFV Festival, Art and Culture Laboratory (KUL), Croatia

Selected publications

2015
“Of Drones and Horses or the Multiplication of Moving Images”, Dr Jennifer Allen, Mousse Magazine, Italy
“Retrace” exhibition at GoetheonMain, Classic Feel Magazine, Johannesburg
2014
Issue #2 ‘PROCESS’, ‘CON.TEXT’ art journal, SOAS – University of London
Ann Arbor Film Festival Exhibition Catalogue, Michigan
Arte.tv – EMAF Newcomer Award ‘The Art of Perception’
2013
aqnb.com – Interview with art/culture journal atractivoquenobello.com

Karimah Ashadu
Born 1985 in London Lives and works in London Education 2011 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London M.A. Interior and Spatial Design – applied art (film specialism) 2007 The University of Reading School of Arts and Communication, Berkshire B.A Fine Art and History of Art and Architecture Residencies 2014 - 16 De Ateliers, Amsterdam 2014 GoetheonMain, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg Maison Daura, La Maison des arts Georges Pompidou', Saint-Cirq-Lapopie Voyons Voir, Aix-en-Provence 2013 HomeBase VI Project Art Residency’, Jerusalem, Israel Awards 2015 “Video Innovation Prize”, EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Belgium 2014 De Ateliers Grant, Amsterdam Arts Council England and British Council “AIDF” Grant, UK “Special Award”, Split Film Festival, Croatia “Best of the Festival” Jury Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan 2013 “Arte Creative Newcomer Award” Jury Prize, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück Finalist – National Art Competition, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos Commissions 2015 Film - (forthcoming 2016) Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva 2013 Film - ‘Lagos Sand Merchants’, Arte Creative, France Selected screenings 2016 Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (forthcoming Nov 2016) Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (forthcoming May 2016) 2015 EUROVIDEO 2015 Festival, Aachen, Germany “Does Not Equal”, W139 Space for contemporary art, Amsterdam Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London 2014 De Ateliers New Participants, Amsterdam Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires Athens Video Art Festival, Athens Split Film Festival, Croatia GoetheOnMain (Goethe-Institut), Johannesburg Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London Maison des arts George Pompidou, Cajarc Château Grand Boise (voyons voir), Trets ARTEUM – musée d’art contemporain, Châteauneuf-le-Rouge Ford Foundation (African Artists’ Foundation), Lagos European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück Now&After Video Art Festival, Victoria Art Gallery, Samara Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan 2013 National Art Competition, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos Southampton Film Week, Southampton, UK Festival Internacional de VideoArte, Buenos Aires Danube Video Art Festival, Austria Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago Facade Video Festival, Plovdiv One Minute Film and Video Festival, Aarau VIDEOEX Experimental Film and Video Festival, Zürich Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario Experimental Film Festival Portland, Portland, Oregon Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne Now&After Video Art Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture', Berlin 'Film as Measure Exhibition': Cookhouse Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 2012 Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria The Public (Sandwell Arts Trust), West Midlands, UK 2011 Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA Interior/Spatial Design Degree Show, London EWHA University, Seoul, Korea South London Gallery, London Wimbledon Space, London Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria AFEFV Festival, Art and Culture Laboratory (KUL), Croatia Selected publications 2015 “Of Drones and Horses or the Multiplication of Moving Images”, Dr Jennifer Allen, Mousse Magazine, Italy “Retrace” exhibition at GoetheonMain, Classic Feel Magazine, Johannesburg 2014 Issue #2 ‘PROCESS’, ‘CON.TEXT’ art journal, SOAS – University of London Ann Arbor Film Festival Exhibition Catalogue, Michigan Arte.tv – EMAF Newcomer Award ‘The Art of Perception’ 2013 aqnb.com – Interview with art/culture journal atractivoquenobello.com

Karimah Ashadu
King of Boys (Abattoir of Makoko)

Artist Karimah Ashadu
Year 2015
Duration 5:02 min
Technical info HD digital film, colour with sound
Contact
Karimah Ashadu
Karimah Ashadu
45 Windsor road
N33SN London
United Kingdom

E-Mail: karimah@karimahashadu.com

About the video

"King of Boys"
A street term given to a man in charge of a specific territory or group of "area boys" in Lagos, Nigeria.

"King of Boys" is a window into the abattoir of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria.

The men butcher heads of bulls and rams. Decapitated heads with raging horns once brutal, docilely await the butcher's block. Nothing is wasted; horns, offal, bone, skin, all destined for distinct uses. Deftly wielding heavy axes and large sharp knives, precision is key; A rhythm arises.

Spatially, almost mirroring the set-up of theatre in the round, butchers are grouped per task, with each group and its specificity of craft unfolding like scenes of a play. Animal skins boil in steaming vats of water over open fire, knives sharpen, noisily scraping the hairs off. Bones are hacked and horns attacked, decorating the ground like battlefield carnage.

The atmosphere is visually layered and aurally complex. A collage of gestures, a cacophony of noises: muffled conversation, footsteps of passers by, generators powering up, crackling fires boiling skins, relentless axes slamming into dense bone, the soundtrack from a nearby television set loudly playing a Nollywood movie.

"Red Bubble Mechanism" is an analogue filter device made from a large, found commercial beer keg. The keg is red, playfully "bubble shaped" and rotund, echoing once more, the spatiality of the abattoir's stage. Positioned on a wooden tripod, the mechanism is built with the ability to turn 360 degrees. A small window is cut out of the keg and the camera sits inside.

As the artist turns the mechanism, the camera shifts between a state of fantasy and reality, offering snippets of the real and engulfing us into the dream-like state of a red filtered world. Often, the camera reflects both worlds at once.

"King of Boys" explores the ways in which colour manipulates filmic language. The device becomes such an instigator of narrative and atmospheric resonance that in this almost violent world with macabre undertones and hyper repulsive conditions, the viewer is strangely seduced by the device's red filter and compelled to watch.

About Makoko
Makoko is a self sufficient water community in Lagos, Nigeria. Settlers from nearby countries such as Togo and Benin Republic arrived by boat over 200 years ago and made their home on the Lagos State Lagoon.

Karimah Ashadu - King of Boys (Abattoir of Makoko)
King of BoysA street term given to a man in charge of a specific territory or group of area boys in Lagos, Nigeria.King of Boys is a window into the abattoir of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria.The men butcher heads of bulls and rams. Decapitated heads with raging horns once brutal, docilely await the butcher's block. Nothing is wasted; horns, offal, bone, skin, all destined for distinct uses. Deftly wielding heavy axes and large sharp knives, precision is key; A rhythm arises.Spatially, almost mirroring the set-up of theatre in the round, butchers are grouped per task, with each group and its specificity of craft unfolding like scenes of a play. Animal skins boil in steaming vats of water over open fire, knives sharpen, noisily scraping the hairs off. Bones are hacked and horns attacked, decorating the ground like battlefield carnage.The atmosphere is visually layered and aurally complex. A collage of gestures, a cacophony of noises: muffled conversation, footsteps of passers by, generators powering up, crackling fires boiling skins, relentless axes slamming into dense bone, the soundtrack from a nearby television set loudly playing a Nollywood movie.Red Bubble Mechanism is an analogue filter device made from a large, found commercial beer keg. The keg is red, playfully bubble shaped and rotund, echoing once more, the spatiality of the abattoir's stage. Positioned on a wooden tripod, the mechanism is built with the ability to turn 360 degrees. A small window is cut out of the keg and the camera sits inside.As the artist turns the mechanism, the camera shifts between a state of fantasy and reality, offering snippets of the real and engulfing us into the dream-like state of a red filtered world. Often, the camera reflects both worlds at once.King of Boys explores the ways in which colour manipulates filmic language. The device becomes such an instigator of narrative and atmospheric resonance that in this almost violent world with macabre undertones and hyper repulsive conditions, the viewer is strangely seduced by the device's red filter and compelled to watch.About MakokoMakoko is a self sufficient water community in Lagos, Nigeria. Settlers from nearby countries such as Togo and Benin Republic arrived by boat over 200 years ago and made their home on the Lagos State Lagoon.

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