On 3 June, at 13:00 we welcome you to meet and greet with current artist-in-residency Carine Mansan Chowanek at Thami Mnyele Foundation studio space. The artist talk will start at 14:00.
Thami Mnyele Foundation Studio
Bellamystraat 21D, 1053 BE, Amsterdam.
The Thami Mnyele Foundation was established in 1990 as a tribute to South African activist artist Thami Mnyele. Since then, the Foundation has been able to present an ‘award’ to more than 130 artists from Africa and the diasporas. It’s a small artist in residency in an old school building.The last three decades , residencies have been participating extensively in shaping the art scene. They have been played an important role in contributing artist’ practices providing means and infrastructures that helps in the production new works /expand , nourish new reflections.
Artist-in-residence programmes give artists the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, seek cultural exchange, and conduct vital research. For each artist, we create a tailor-made programme that emphasises and encourages direct collaborations between practitioners from Africa and the Diaspora and the Netherlands. Our artist- in-residence programme is a communal product of the cooperation among artists, curators, universities, art academies, cultural agents, and the local people of Amsterdam, who understand its constantly evolving social structure.
Friendships and long-standing relationships are built during residency programmes like this at the Foundation, and we have seen wonderful cultural exchanges happening not just in one direction, but from both sides. Artists have become friends. Museums in Amsterdam , the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum, bought their first work from a living artist from Africa. Dutch artists and curators have been, among other things, invited by visiting artists to South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Marokko, New York, and the Venice Biennale, as well as the Bamako Biennale, Lagos Biennale, Dakar Biennale, and Joburg Art Fair.
For the spring periode 2023 Carine Mansan Chowanek (b. 1988) Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, is selected on the occasion of the exhibition Memoria: ‘Stories of another History ‘that took place from April 7 to August 22, 2022 at the Musée des Cultures Contemporaines Adama Toungara, Abidjan Ivory coast.
In cooperation with new Société Générale Foundation in Bassam in cooperation with the PRIX DÉCOUVERTE JEUNE TALENT X SOCIETY GENERALE CI 2022 in partnership the Mucat and INSAAC, the Thami Mnyele Foundation selected Carine Mansan Chowanek for the Thami Mnyele Foundation residency Award Amsterdam 2023 and an exhibition in 2023 at the at the Musée des Cultures Contemporaines Adama Toungara, Abidjan Ivory coast.
CARINE MANSAN CHOWANEK born in 1988, lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Carine Mansan Chowanek is a painter and visual artist born in Abidjan. The death of her mother during her childhood had a profound impact on her artistic approach. After high school, she left Ivory Coast to study interior design in Paris, at the prestigious Condé school. It was during her studies at the Faculty of Planning at the University of Montreal, Canada, that she met Achilles Kouamé. Working with this professor of drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Montreal, the artist explored the non-figurative and found the opportunity to express her emotions and spirituality, in an open and spontaneous way. Deeply inspired by the sacredness and aesthetics of religious icons and black virgins in particular, which fascinate her and mark her imagination, Carine Mansan Chowanek does not hesitate to go on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of one of the most famous and revered black virgins in Europe.