Ato Malinda (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, Malinda 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.
Malinda 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
SNF Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece.
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