Alex Mawimbi (born 1981, Kenya), lives and works in Rotterdam. She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Transart Institute, New York. Her works consist of performance, drawing, painting, installation, video, and ceramic object-making. Through her diverse practice, Mawimbi investigates the hybrid nature of African identity, contesting notions of authenticity. She has worked with western museums to dispel notions of a Unitarian Africa, so often seen in ethnographic exhibitions. In addition to this she also focuses on gender and female sexuality. She is inspired by LGBTQ communities whose stories are rarely told.
Mawimbi was one of the honourees of the inaugural African art awards given out by the Smithsonian Institution (2016). She was also one of the awardees of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2015) and won the One Minutes Award (2012) for moving photography. Her solo shows include “Games” (2013) at Savvy Contemporary which centred round sexual abuse, and “Incommensurable Identities” (2011) at Aarhus Art Building which examined tenuous relations between Europe and Africa. She has exhibited in group exhibitions at Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2014), the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution (2015), Salon Urbain de Douala in Cameroon (2010), Brooklyn Museum (2016) and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen (2015), among others.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Kalao Panafrican Creations, Bilbao, Spain. An Exploration of Self: her Mirror, curated by Jesús Ahedo.
GAMES, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin
Incommensurable Identities, im Rahmen von IMAGINE – towards an ecoaesthetic, The Aarhus Art Building, Aarhus
Dans Mon Brun,Doual’art, Douala
Looking at Art; Looking at Africa; Looking at Art, Prison Sex II., Goethe Institute Nairobi
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya, Future Africa: Visions in Time, by Nadine Siegert, Storm Janse Van Rensburg and Katharina Fink.
TENT Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Among other things, I’ve taken up smoking, curated by Jesse van Oosten.
!KAURU, Contemporary Art from Africa, Being Her(e): Meditations of African Femininities, Johannesburg, South Africa, curated by Refilwe Nkomo and Thato Mogotsi.
The Heong Gallery, Cambridge, England. When the Heavens Meet the Earth. Selected works from the Sina Jina Collection of Contemporary Art. Collector – Robert Devereux.
Stichting KunstWerk, Schiedam, The Netherlands. Gusto45 presents Peep Show, curated by Gusto45.
Kiosk, Ghent, Belgium. Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power, curated by Wim Waelput and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez.
Art Paris Art Fair, Paris. Curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi.
La Villette, Paris. Afrique Capitales, curated by Simon Njami.
The Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, THE MANY HEADED HYDRA, Imagination, Speculation, Dissolution of Space and Time, curated by Emma Haugh and Suza Husse.
The Project Space Festival, Berlin. THE MANY HEADED HYDRA.
Brooklyn Museum, New York, Agitprop!, curated by Saisha Grayson and Catherine J. Morris.
SNF Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece.
AKAA Art Fair, Paris. With Circle Art Gallery.
1:54 Art Fair, London. With Circle Art Gallery.
Johannesburg Art Fair, South Africa. With Circle Art Gallery.
Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, curated by Robert
Storr, Barbara London, Kalliopi Mirioudaki and Francesca Pietropaolo
Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark. COLAB2, curated by Mácio Carvalho.
BRASS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. African Odysseys, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi
Art15, London. With Circle Art Gallery
Cape Town Art Fair, with Circle Art Gallery
Goethe Institute Kenya, Festival of Performance and Media Arts
Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon. Queer Lisboa 18
Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin.
Giving Contours to Shadows, curated by Bonaventure S.B Ndikung.
Dak’Art Biennial 2014 Producing the Common and Cabinet of Curiosity, curated by Elise Atangana, Smooth Ugochukwu Nzewi and Abdelkader Damani
Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar).Where We’reAt, curated by Christine Eyene
Afiriperfoma Biennial, Zimbabwe
Untitled January 2012, Roots Contemporary, Brüssel
the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin
One Minutes Africa, at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
FOCUS 11, Contemporary Art Africa, Art 42 Basel
Fertile, South London Gallery, CONTEMPORARY AFRICA ON SCREEN, London
Kaddou Diggen, La Paroles aux Femmes, Women Speak Out, Galerie Le Manège, Dakar
Salon Urbain de Douala, SUD2010: Douala Triennial, Douala
II Trienal Luanda 2010. Luanda
My World IMAGES, Contemporary Arts Festival 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark. Rebuilding, Remembering & Renewing, Karen Blixen Museum, Rungstedlund
Beyond the Desert, in Cairo: DARB1718, Centre for Contemporary Art.
PROBE: Amnesia Platform 7, GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi
Urban Wasanii international artists’ Workshops mit Triangle Arts Trust, Mombasa. Performance im Fort Jesus Museum.
Baby, Can You Hear Me? At NOVAS Contemporary Art Centre, London
Bonzo Art Gallery, Nairobi