Ato Malinda

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.



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.



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

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