Ayo’s practice enlivens unofficial and official archives, recognizing that no knowledge is complete until it passes through the body. With this engagement of the body as an archive, Ayo studies oral records, intangible forms of cultural heritage, and craft practices, among other sources, to build new narratives shape-shifting from sculpture, film, and performance. Having migrated from Uganda to the Netherlands in her youth, Ayo carries personal and collective histories pertaining to what she remembers about her homeland. These recollections are fertile ground for creating plural narratives in conversation with the cultural contexts she currently inhabits.

Unfair - Odero & the weeping totem, material context_photo_by_nickthomas

Browse works by Ayo

She asked me why did you come if you''ll leave again
Unfair - Ayo_she asked me why did you come if you'll leave again_2019_shimmerrotterdam_photographerjhoeko

She asked me why did you come if you''ll leave again (2019)

Exhibited at Shimmer, Rotterdam

Modern Day Griots & tapped train conversations
Unfair - Modern day griots_exhibition _ expoplu art center_2020

Modern Day Griots & tapped train conversations (2020)
Cours Belsunce
Unfair - Cours belsunce_ateliers portes ouvertes_

Cours Belsunce (2021)
That which chases away sorrow
Unfair - Ayo_that which chases away sorrow-(i)_2023_artrotterdam
Unfair - Ayo_that which chases away sorrow(ii)_2023_artrotterdam
Unfair - Ayo_that which chases away sorrow_2023_art rotterdam_photographer_silvia arenas

That which chases away sorrow (2023)

Exhibited at Art Rotterdam

(Third picture by Silvia Arenas)

When Things Are Beings
Unfair - Ayo_winnow(er)_when things are beings' 2022-photographer.gj.vanrooij
Unfair - Ayo_winnow(er)_stedelijk museum amsterdam, exhibition, 'when things are beings', 2022-2023, geert-jan van rooij

When Things Are Beings (2023)

Exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

(Pictures by Geert-Jan Van Rooij)

Unfair - Ayo_portrait_photographer_juliusthissen
Ayo (Picture by Julius Thissen)

Ayo is a Ugandan-born artist, researcher, and filmmaker based in The Netherlands. She holds an MA in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. In 2022, Ayo was a resident at Amant, New York, and Triangle - Astérides, Marseilles in 2021. In 2020 Ayo was awarded the Willem De Kooning Master Research Award. Recent exhibitions include: When things are beings, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Art Rotterdam, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin among others.


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