CURATING LAB

Artists

Elsa M'Bala

Based between Berlin and Yaounde, Elsa M’Bala aka A.M.E.T. is a sound artist. Using technology as an empowering tool and through her own keen observations, she explores the interconnection between race, gender, technology and spirituality. Her broad oeuvre encompasses radio productions, live performances, as well as films and visual work. Elsa M’Bala performed and exhibited at IfA Galerie Berlin (DE); Casino Luxembourg-Forum d’art contemporain (LUX); Dak’Art Biennale (SEN); Les Brasseurs, Liège (BE), among others. Upcoming performances are at Gessnerallee, Zürich (CH), DEKOLONIALE Projektraum, Berlin (DE) and Halle Alte Feuerwache, Köln (DE). Since 2019 Elsa M’Bala also practices as a massage therapist.

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Mo Laudi

Multidisciplinary artist, composer, DJ and producer Mo Laudi is renowned for his key contributions to Afro-Electronic music in London during the first decade of the millennium and, since then, in Paris. Pursuing questions in relation to race, postapartheid transitionalism, post-coloniality, mobility and erasure, Mo Laudi experiments with sound and forms as material. He creates sonic landscapes, mixing vocals, textures and rhythms as a socio-political critique of society. Through painting, collage, sculpture, installations and video, he focuses on deconstructing black futurity, African knowledge systems and spirituality.

Mo Laudi draws on his experience in the music sphere to develop multilayered sound installations specially commissioned for exhibitions and festivals such as Ernest Mancoba. I Shall Dance in a Different Society, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019), OORtreders, Belgium (2020), Casablanca Biennale, Morocco (2022). This year his first experimental exhibition in collaboration with Charlotte Moth, Décalage, takes places at art3 in Valence, he is working with Becky Beh on a project for La Clairière d’Eza Boto, Jardin des plantes, Rouen, preparing his first solo show at Apartment in Cape Town, and he is curating Salon Globalisto at Galerie Bonne espérance in Paris in May. In 2020, a residency at the Fondation Martell in Cognac was the starting point of his project I Love Black People.

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Megan-Leigh Heilig

Born in 1993 in Nelspruit South Africa, Megan-Leigh Heilig grew up in Johannesburg and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor in Fine Art (BFA) in 2015. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Fine Art (MFA) at the University of Cape Town. In 2019 she completed a residency at the Higher Institute of Fine Art (HISK) in Ghent, Belgium. Megan has exhibited in the Seven Hills 2nd Kampala Biennale: Virtual Mobilities 2016 curated by Elise Atangana, in 2017 at the International Video Art House Madrid (IVAHM) curated by Nestor Prieto, in the Digital Africa projects between YaPhoto and Open Source curated by Christine Eyene in 2018. She performed in a group exhibition titled Somewhere In Between at BOZAR in Brussels; the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival 2018, Failures of Cohabitation curated by Daniella Gèo at MHKA in 2019, Feminist Art Prize exhibition held at IKOB in Eupen, 21st Biennial Contemporary Art Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities 2019-2020, Together at M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp in 2020 for Antwerp Pride. Recently she was a participant in the VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images (9th edition) curated by Leonardo Bigazzi and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in partnership with NAM – Not A Museum, the contemporary art programme by Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence, Italy.

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