Born in Uganda, Currently working in the Netherlands 

Ayo's practice consists of extensive research projects which shape shift into film, sculpture and performance. Her projects often start from the personal and specific; favouring relation-making with various bodies and geographies with whom she seeks out counter narratives, fictions, pleasurable and uncomfortable ways of (re)telling histories. Recent thematics in Ayo's work explore intangible forms of cultural heritage and informal knowledge production held by unofficial bodies.


2022: Amant Foundation,New York, USA 

2021: Triangle France- Astérides, Marseilles, France


2018-2020: MA Fine Art (Cum Laude)  Piet Zwart Institute, WdKA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2016-2017: BA Fine Art (Honour's Program) Propedeuse, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2008-2012: BBA, International School of Business & École Supérieure de Commerce, Montpellier, France 

Grants + Awards


  • Guido Huysmans Young African Film Maker Award (Nominee)

  • Mondriaan Stipend for Emerging Artists (Werkbijdrage Jong Talent) 



  • Stichting Vivace project grant


  • KLA Public Art Commission

2016 - 2017

  • ArtEZ Academic Merit scholarship 

Selected Exhibitions & * Film Screening


  • A Door Ajar, Singing, Shimmer, Rotterdam,NL (forthcoming)


  • *25th Afrika Film festival, Leuven, BE 

  • Ateliers Portes Ouvertes, Triangle-Asterides, Marseilles, FR

  • Material Context, Het Archief, Rotterdam, NL, curated by Nathalie Haartjes & Danny Giles.

  • *Tent Online Cinema, Tent Rotterdam, NL

  • On Display, Print& Play Group Exhibition, curated by Marieke van den Belt & Thieu Custers

  • *Possessed, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, GR

  • Unbound Anthologies, a two person exhibition with Katrina Niebergal, Available and the Rat, Rotterdam


  • Print and Play group exhibition,  curated by Marieke van den Belt and Thieu Custers, Boijmans Hillevliet, Rotterdam, NL

  • *A house of Many Parts, curated by Lucas Morin, Goethe Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Modern Day Griots and Tapped Train Conversations, (a two person exhibition with Kateřina Gabriel Konarovská), Expoplu Experiment, Curated by Fenne Saedt, Expoplu Art Centre, NL

  •  Daybed (Solo) Weelde, curated by KONTRA Rotterdam, NL

  •  Melkweg Expo & Nest Call for Graduates exhibition, The Hague & Amsterdam, NL

  • * We are Living Monuments, 66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, GR 

  • Open Studios,  Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL



  • *Pulp Puppets, Focal Point Gallery, Twenty one Southend-on-sea, UK

  • Your Voice Matters, Museum Arnhem at De Kerk, group show curated by Mirjam Westen, Arnhem, NL

  • *Ba-dum-pssh, The Burden of representation and Affect, LocatieZ, Den Haag, NL

  • Open Studios, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL


2018                                     ​​

  • Off the record, KLA public art curated by 32 Degrees East/Ugandan Arts Trust, Kampala, UG

  • The Gathering, Participatory event, Entebbe, UG

  • How art thou? Cultuur op Campus, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL


  • Voicing Entebbe participatory event, De gildekamp, Nijmegen, NL

  • Lok Kede Kom A, Performance, Patty Morgan, Amsterdam, NL

  • Lok Kede Kom A, Performance, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

  • Rebirth, De Vasim, Nijmegen,NL

  • Myel Ba Performance, Art gallery Het Klooster, Tiel, NL

Artist Talk 


  • Tip Off#5, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam


  • The body as ground for belonging, Studium generale ArtEZ & Honour's program, Zwolle


  • Legacy: An Artist and literary Panel discussion organized byWritivism in collaboration with KLA ART, the Square, Kampala.

 Publication & Press




  • Speaking with Others - An Interview with Pussy Riot, APRIA digital publication, ArtEZ. Read article here 

  • Twaalf Vrouwen Een Stem, Gelderlander Pg. 46

  • Alle Vrouwen Een Stem, Nieuwe Veluwe  Pg. 11

  • Trendbeheer


  • Voicing Entebbe Artbook 

  • Art Monthly UK, November issue   

  • Studium Generale ArtEZ podcast contributor about diversity in art practices and institutions.