Education 

Ayo is a Ugandan born artist currently based in The Netherlands. Her work consists of extensive research projects that shape shift into film, sculpture and performance. Ayo’s practice is based on a desire to seek out counter narratives, and to explore both pleasurable as well as uncomfortable ways of re-telling histories. Recent projects unpack intangible forms of cultural heritage and informal knowledge production held by unofficial bodies.

Residency

2022: Amant Foundation, New York, USA (forthcoming)

2021: Triangle - Astérides, Marseilles, France

Education

2018-2020: MA Fine Art (Cum Laude)  Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, 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 

Selected Exhibitions & * Film Screening

2022

  • Municipal Art Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (Forthcoming)

  • Unfair22, Gashouder, Amsterdam, Solo presentation,NL  (forthcoming)

  • Heks, Artphy, Groningen, NL (forthcoming)

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

  • *Rencontres Internationales Paris, FR

2021

  • *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

2020

  • 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

 

2019

  • *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

2017

  • 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

Grants + Awards

2021

  • Guido Huysmans Young African Film Maker Award (Nominee)

  • Mondriaan Stipend for Emerging Artists (Werkbijdrage Jong Talent) 

2020​

2019​

  • Stichting Vivace project grant

2018

  • KLA Public Art Commission

2016 - 2017

  • ArtEZ Academic Merit scholarship 

Artist Talk 

2021

2019​

2018

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

 Publication & Press

2021​​

2020

2019

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

  • Twaalf Vrouwen Een Stem, Gelderlander Pg. 46

  • Alle Vrouwen Een Stem, Nieuwe Veluwe  Pg. 11

  • Trendbeheer

2018

  • Voicing Entebbe Artbook 

  • Art Monthly UK, November issue   

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