By the Prince Claus Fund & Creative Industries Fund NL

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We are happy to announce the 12 inspiring artists, who will be reimagining the future of their cities and transforming ideas of space and citizenship as part of Cycle 3 of the Mentorship: Building Beyond. 

Hailing from 8 different countries, the selected artists’ practices span a wide range of design fields including architecture, urbanism, digital design, visual arts, photography, research and performance. Over the course of a year, the cohort will be guided by four mentors, who are experts in architecture, art and design: art advisor and curator, Fatima Bintou Rassoul Sy; artist, architect, critical space practitioner, Ola Hassanain; architectural researcher, designer, and performer, Khensani Jurczok-de Klerk; curator and cultural practitioner, Hicham Bouzid.

The Cycle 3 cohort will be looking at challenges and opportunities within their local context and communities particularly around vernacular spatial and design practices, (im)permanance in relation to public spatial dynamics and holding space. Through their projects and practices, the artists will bring their shared realities and imaginations forth into their cities thereby promote transformative urban agendas. 

Get to know the artists

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Chantell Hassan | Mozambique

Interdisciplinary artist breaking down elitist barriers and fostering inclusive dialogues through extensive research and collaborative efforts.

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Akwasi Bediako Afrane | Ghana

Artist exploring the idea of augmentation and extensions between technological gadgets, humans, and the environment.

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Doha Ibrahim | Egypt

Architect and urbanist investigating the possibilities of conserving and archiving collective memory using spatial and cultural practices.

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Elolo Bosoka | Ghana

Multidisciplinary artist engaging with notions of art as economic exchange, materiality, and history via items from mundane urban environments.

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Jesse Gerard Mpango | Tanzania

Storyteller exploring the capacity for participatory rituals of imagining to dislocate dominant narratives and extractive power structures.

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Isabella Asiimwe | Uganda

Architect and visual artist embracing slow design with an intrinsic commitment to elevating native-making processes and techniques.

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Michael Tesfaye | Ethiopia

Architect working with bamboo as a construction material that addresses the current challenges of a rapidly urbanising Ethiopia.

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Khotso Lamola | South Africa

Interdisciplinary artist, researcher, writer, and architect investigating the emotional landscapes that make up urban space through process-based research.

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Oratile Mothoagae | South Africa

Architect and filmmaker revealing and preserving the hidden stories of marginalised bodies in archives through a multi-disciplinary practice.

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Victor Adéwálé | Nigeria

Photographer, film producer, and event curator visualising non-traditional stories through a human-centric, introspective, and reflective practice.

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Nneoma Angela Okorie | Ghana

Curator and researcher using visual, textual, activations, audio, and archival materials to explore new forms of displaying and debating.

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Yasmin Abdu Bushra | Ethiopia

Architect and urbanist drawing attention to aspects of urbanity that are obscured by capitalism and recentring knowledge production on African identities.