Tashkeel is happy to be partnering with Art Dubai’s 2020 edition of Residents. Coming from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Kenya, the invited Residents artists will spend 4 to 8 weeks immersing themselves in the life and culture of the Emirates and the local art scene to create new artworks for sale at the fair which merge their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings.

The 2020 edition of Residents will be accompanied by a range of public events and open studios, hosted by the residency spaces, giving the public an opportunity to interact with the artists and follow the production of their works up until their presentation at Art Dubai 2020. The programme will conclude with a round-table discussion, including representatives from each of the residency spaces as well as the artists.

Curated by Johannesburg-based Kabelo Malatsie, Residents returns in 2020 for its third iteration with a focus on the African continent.

Art Dubai Residents is supported by the A.R.M Holding and Tashkeel and is accompanied by a range of public events and open studios, hosted by the residency spaces, giving the public an opportunity to interact with the artists and follow the production of their works up until their presentation at Art Dubai 2020.

Residents

Wallen Mapondera
represented by SMAC, Johannesburg/Stellenbosch, South Africa

Wallen Mapondera is a Zimbabwean artist known for work that explores social and societal relationships using livestock imagery. The artist received formal art training from Zimbabwe’s National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design from 2005 to 2007 and is currently completing his masters degree in Fine Art from Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa. In 2015, he was the recipient of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Award – in the Visual Arts Two-Dimensional Work category – given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in recognition of outstanding achievements in arts and culture.

Longinos Nagila
represented by Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Longinos Nagila is an experimental multimedia visual artist living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. Focusing primarily on video art and the exploration of digital imagery, Longinos’ work is influenced by a deep love of early cinema and black and white photography, which he blends with paint and transferred images on paper and canvas. Nagila’s practice investigates the process and implications of mass production, industrialization, and rapid urbanisation. In Nagila’s more recent work, he has been examining the relationship between shapes and surfaces.

Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu
represented by Arthouse – The Space, Lagos, Nigeria

Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu is a Nigerian experimental artist, who utilises varied mediums including digital media, film, painting, photography and sculpture to produce conceptual and thematic works. Her process is in a constant state of flux, as the artist finds the theme of change to be a foundational aspect of her work.

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