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Born in (1981, Kenya), previously known as Ato Malinda, Alex Mawimbi 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. 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.

Through her diverse practice, Mawimbi 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.

The way she looks at both the way Africa is represented by the West as well as political struggles facing the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community within Africa has led to the fact that audiences begin to see her as a spokesperson for the LGBT-community in Africa. Mawimbi has made work on a small group of queer-identifying people in Nairobi. But still, it is important to clarify that this work does not represent the whole African continent. Although she does work on correcting this unitarian view of a dark continent.

 

Alex Mawimbi