Artist Biography 


Selected Awards and Bursaries



2020 Earth Seed Scholarship The Black Permaculture Network, USA

2017  Boss Harlan Foundation Stipend, USA, University of Minnesota.

2015  TINA Award Winner

2014  Leon Levy Foundation grant recipient, USA

2014  David and Rosamund Putmann Transportation Fund, MacDowell Colony, NH, USA

2013  Emergency Craft Award Finalist, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth, England.

2013  Shortlisted for Neo Art Prize, Bolton, England.

2012  Selected as a winner of the  Premio-Ora Contemporary Art Prize, Italy

2012  Selected as Artslant award winner for the showcase for Sculpture, NY, USA

2009  Scholarship for MFA program at the Transart Institute Krems, Austria 

1989  Bursary to attend the Royal St. Catherine’s Conference of Commonwealth Arts       Windsor, England 


Selected Exhibitions and Residencies





  • In cooperation with Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, now an online exhibition called "WATERGATE - From water to land, from land to water". 

  • Fellowship CAT+SR Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Lecturer Drawing Medicine Department, University of Southampton, England

  • Solo Show: “Sky” Villa Romana, Florence, Italy.

  • “Womanism" Circle Gallery in conjunction with Ostrale Biennale, Nairobi

  • Selected for the Mycolective Feral Practice at Chisenhale Studio, England

  • Selected for Test Card Project, with live Cinema UK “Hyperlink” England

  • Venice Agenda's online exhibition "Platform Art Project", commissioned by invitation.

  • Selected for Residency at West Dean College of Art and Conservation, England to consider "Whose Heritage?" 


  • Finalist: Assistant Professor of Sculpture tenure track University of Minnesota USA

  • Ostrale Biennale, Dresden, Germany

  • Panel member “Womanism” Goethe Institute, Dresden Germany

  • "A Space" bursary Panel, Southampton England

  • Bleddfa Cultural Centre Wales "Out of the Woods"

  • The Black Pow(d)er Room screening at Grrlhousecinema, Berlin.

  • "Ghosting" Residency Artsadmin, Toynbe studios, London England.



  • “Beyond Windrush” The MAC (Midlands Art Centre) Birmingham, UK in interview with Dr Pat Knoxolo.

  • Iwalewahaus,"Prekäre Kunst” Bayreuth.

  • Artists Talk, University of Bayreuth and Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater

  • The One Gallery, “EXIST... an Ode to Ballet” New York

  • The University of Leeds “Hello Culture: Digital Identities” Including a position a

   panel member and Artist Talk.

  • National Trust legacies of colonialism workshop lecture Empire and un stated-

   Stately Homes, Birmingham.

  • Artists talk, The University of Amsterdam.

   Residency, hosted “Talking to ourselves”. The aipcc, Bavaria, Germany.




  • Artist Talk and Exhibition British Library, London, UK​​

  • August "Topophilia" Contemporary Visual Projects “The hygge and the un-hygge”Mid and Western Jutland, Denmark

  • March “Loving Blackness” Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, USA

  • Commission Derby Museum and Art Gallery and exhibition, England.

  • CARISCC commission Caribbean insecurities creativity and negotiation in the Caribbean, Birmingham, England.

  • Residency East Street Arts Leeds, Union 105, Leeds England

  • March, Artists Talk Keynote Leeds University, Leeds Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean In/securities and Creativity, England

  • June, British Library, London, UK

  • Aug, The Light House, Glasgow, UK

  • Oct, Union 105/East Street Arts. Leeds UK




  • “My Future Non-Identity Will” Tete Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

  • “(re) Thinking Feminism and Black Womanhood Open lab and exhibition,

  • 32 degrees East Gallery, Kampala, Uganda. including Artist Talk for Goethe Zen- trum and Iwalele House.

  • The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, West Indies. "Digital"

  • Transart Triennale, Berlin, Germany. "The Imperceptible Self"

  • “Digital”, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.

  • “A Traveling Exhibition” Create or Die, Sydney, Australia.

  • “Afrosonic Signifier” in conversation with Satch Hoyt broadcast at Gallery Kit at the Trondheim Academy of Art, Meta.Morf 2016 Trondheim Biennale for art and technology.

  • “On Site in 16 Cities” Babette, Karl Marx Alee 36 Berlin, Jan, Germany.



  • “Double Life” The Berlin Collective, Feb, Berlin, Germany. 

  • “The Format Follow” The Format-Contemporary Culture Gallery, March Milan, Italy.

  • Pop up show with Olaf Holzapfel at the Kunstfabrik Flutorgraben ev. Berlin Sept.

  • Gallery Below 65 “Edge” Plymouth Aug, England. 

  • Borgo Ensemble, "Dialogannahme", Nürnberg, Germany.

  • NN Kunst Preis Sonderausstellung, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Kunst Kultur Quatier,Germany

  • Schlachten “Displaced” Mendelsohnhalle, Brandenburg, June/July, Germany





• MacDowell Colony Residency, New Hampshire, USA Nov/Dec

• TIAF The Independent Artists Fair (not for profit artists coop) London 15th  -18th Oct during Frieze London

• "Home" Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art, OCCCA, California, USA

• Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), USA

• "The Grass Grows"  The Format Gallery in conjunction with ArtLab Gallery,Glenda  Cinquegrana Basel, Switzerland, during Art Basel.

• Amy-d arte spazio, "Ghoramara" of Deasung Lee with the Desktop Garden Group    Milan, Italy  

• "The Secret Gardens" in Fabbrica del Vapore, an Artist intervention in Milan  Design Week, Italy.



Resistance and Longing, CIAT- Contemporary Institute for Art & Thought, Berlin,   Germany.

Emergency Craft Show, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth, England.

London Calling, Factory Art Gallery, 4 Wilkes Street, London,England.

Reloaded, Factory Art Gallery, Momsen Strasse 27, Berlin, Germany.

• Solo Show: Otherings sea/home Magazzini dell'Arte Contemporanea, Trapani, Italy.

Nutrimenti Trapani Biennale, Museum of the Sea, Trapani, Italy.

Unlucky, Berlin Collective, Online show, Berlin, Germany.

Precursor, Catalyst Arts Center, Belfast, Ireland.

The Story of the Creative Angel Orensanz Gallery, Long Island City, NY, USA

• “Keywords” project with INIVA and Tate Liverpool, England

• Critique leader for European students of Transart Institute



Coiled Potentials, Atelierhof, Berlin

Home and Away Caribbean Art project and 4Hr Nap Collective, WOMA ,Grenada, WI

• Berlin Collective workshop with John Von Bergen, Berlin

• Film collaboration with Rex Films

• Video Workshop Art Institute New York with N.Cohen Jan 2012

• Residency Like the Spice Gallery Transart Institute, New York,2011

•„Making Mirrors“ NGBK, (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) Berlin,Germany.




Nothing to Declare Blanc compound Manila, Philippines

• Residency, Like the Spice Gallery Transart Institute, New York,

• Making Mirrors, NGBK, Berlin, Germany,

• Snap to Grid Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA

• Art in the Open Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia

• Art in the Open, Installation in the Saucihall Park Philadelphia

• Group Residency Dia Beacon, New York

• Winter Residency, Sideshow Gallery Transart Institute, New York

• Open Space Projekt: Zwischenraum für Kunst & Migration, Heinrich Böll Institute,   Berlin Germany.



• Summer Residency Tanzfabrik Berlin, Transart Institute 2009

• Black Fine Arts Fair, 2008, 2009 New York



Selected Publications

Contemporary & "Complicating the Notion of identity" By Will Furtado lundi 30 janvier 2017 (with image)

Kunstforum International, Vol 210,211, pg 324, 2011 (with image)

"Daima" Images of Women of Color in Germany by Nzitu Mawakha Series: Witnessed, 2013

"The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World" ed. Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo  2012 (with image)

International Review of African American Art innovation ed. 2011 vol.23 (with image)

Interkultur Newspaper Berlin Jul/Aug 2010 (with image)

Black History 365 Journal,  London, pg 4, 2009.(with image)



Education and Related Experience

MFA Studio Practice Transart Institute  Berlin/New York           

MA Degree English Literature St Andrews University Scotland

Dissertation Poetry and Art in Caribbean Culture



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