Born in Uganda, Currently working in Rotterdam

Ayo's artistic practice predominantly consists of research based projects which shape shift into film, sculpture, sound 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 (hi)stories.


2021:  Triangle France- Astérides, Marseilles, France


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

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

Grants + Commissions + Awards


  • WdKA Master Research Award 

  • Putsebocht Award

  • African Culture Fund


  • Stichting Vivace


  • KLA Public Art

2016 - 2017

  • ArtEZ Academic Merit scholarship 

Selected Exhibitions & *Screening


  • Print and Play 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

  •  *Forthcoming; Ikoce, Open Air film Screening, Locations in Kampala & Apac (tba), UG

  • Modern Day Griots and Tapped Train Conversations, (Duo), Expoplu Experiment, Curated by Fenne Saedt, Expoplu Art Centre, NL

  •  Daybed (Solo) Via Via Salon, 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, 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

  • De Gildekamp, Bibliotheek Zwaneveld, Nijmegen, NL

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

Artist Talk 


  • 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.

Other related experience


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


  • Performance, Is my body public? Alicia Framis, Juana De Aizpuru gallery, Madrid & Upstream gallery, Amsterdam.

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

 Publication & Press



  • Twaalf Vrouwen Een Stem, Gelderlander Pg. 46

  • Alle Vrouwen Een Stem, Nieuwe Veluwe  Pg. 11

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