Ato Malinda (born 1981) grew up in the Netherlands, Kenya and the USA. She studied Art History and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas in Austin, and is currently doing a Master of Fine Arts at Transart Institute, New York. She began her professional practice as a painter and now works in the mediums of performance, drawing, painting, installation and video, and also as a free-lance curator. She has exhibited at Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Salon Urbain de Douala in Cameroon and the Karen Blixen Museum in Copenhagen. Her previous work focused on Africanisms based in a postcolonial context, for example in A Black Man’s View, A White Man’s Taboo, an exhibition about racial hierarchies in Nairobi; she now focuses on the ontology of the female experience and African feminism, examining social segregates and performance theories.
Selected SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 GAMES, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin
2011 Solo exhibition, Incommensurable Identities, at IMAGINE – towards an ecoaesthetic at The Aarhus Art Building, Aarhus
2009 Dans Mon Brun, Doual’art, Douala
2009 Solo exhibition at Goethe Institute Nairobi: Looking at Art; Looking at Africa; Looking at Art, Prison Sex II.
Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Untitled January 2012, at Roots Contemporary, Brussels
2011 the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers, at Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin
2011 One Minutes Africa, at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
2011 FOCUS 11, Contemporary Art Africa during Art 42 Basel
2011 Fertile, South London Gallery, CONTEMPORARY AFRICA ON SCREEN, London
2011 Kaddou Diggen, La Paroles aux Femmes, Women Speak Out, at Galerie Le Manège, Dakar
2010 Salon Urbain de Douala, SUD2010: Douala Triennial, Douala
2010 II Trienal Luanda 2010. Luanda
2010 My World IMAGES, Contemporary Arts Festival 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark. Rebuilding, Remembering & Renewing, Karen Blixen Museum, Rungstedlund
2009 Beyond the Desert, in Cairo: DARB1718, Centre for Contemporary Art.
2009 PROBE: Amnesia Platform 7 at the GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi
2008 Urban Wasanii international artists’ workshops with Triangle Arts Trust, Mombasa. Public performance at Fort Jesus Museum.
2008 Baby, Can You Hear Me? At NOVAS Contemporary Art Centre, London
2006 Bonzo Art Gallery, Nairobi