About us

Deutsche Version

Sunanda Mesquita is a visual artist, curator and co-founder of WE DEY. In her artistic work she focuses on concepts of home, (be)longing and community. Currently she studies at the Academy of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Education in the Arts and Video & Video Installation. Part of her artistic practice are workshops in kindergartens, schools and universities with an emphasis on the critical interrogation of epistemic violence in knowledge production and the mediation of history. She also curates exhibitions and workshops with contemporary artists in Vienna, London and Accra.

Amoako Boafo is a Ghanaian, Vienna based, visual artist currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Amongst other exhibitions and projects prior to and during his time in Vienna, Amoako Boafo was most recently part of the project WE DEY.IN which was awarded with the kültür gemma! stipendium in 2014. In his painting he combines oil, acrylics and pastels, on canvas, cardboard and paper, incoporating elements from his daily life into his canvases that are inspired by the interlocked, social and political. The “Diary Series” presented at the Sounds of Blackness x HEUER at the Kunsthalle Wien portrays the artist himself, giving insight into his personal experiences and struggles, while at the same time allowing the viewer to see the art pieces as resistence against society’s racist structures.

Jaqueline Ejiji is historian. During her studies she focused on the examination of representation and constructs of differences f.e. the categories of race, class and gender. Currently she concentrates on social, political and economic conditions in the field of art and cultural production. She is founding member of WE DEY.

Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński connects an interdisciplinary approach of de- and postcolonial Black feminist theory with her visual arts practice. She is interested in concepts of memory and Black radical imagination. She is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Arts Education of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. During her PhD-in-Practice she is currently working on the project The Non-Human. The Believer. The Alien – Unsettling Innocence. 2016 she was awarded with the Theodor Körner award for fine art. Together with Amoako Boafo she organizes WE DEY cook! events.

 

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English Version

Sunanda Mesquita ist bildende Künstlerin, Kuratorin und Mitbegründerin von WE DEY. In ihren künstlerischen Arbeiten konzentriert sie sich auf die Auseinandersetzung mit Konzepten zu Heimat, Zugehörigkeit und Community. Sie studiert derzeit am Künstlerischen Lehramt und in der Klasse für Video & Videoinstallation an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien. Als Teil ihrer künstlerischen Praxis organisiert sie Workshops in Kindergärten, Schulen und Universitäten mit Fokus auf kritische Auseinandersetzungen mit epistemischer Gewalt in Wissensproduktionen und Geschichtsvermittlung. Zudem kuratiert sie Ausstellungen und Workshops mit zeitgenössischen Künstler*innen in Wien, London und Accra.

In his painting he combines oil, acrylics and pastels, on canvas, cardboard and paper, incoporating elements from his daily life into his canvases that are inspired by the interlocked, social and political. The “Diary Series” presented at the Sounds of Blackness x HEUER at the Kunsthalle Wien portrays the artist himself, giving insight into his personal experiences and struggles, while at the same time allowing the viewer to see the art pieces as resistence against society’s racist structures.

Amoako Boafo wurde in Akkra geboren und lebt in Wien. Derzeit studiert er an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien. Neben diversen Solo- und Gruppenausstellungen vor und während seiner Zeit in Wien, war er besonders involviert in das Projekt WE DEY, für welches er 2014, gemeinsam mit Sunanda Mesquita das kültür gemma! Stipendium der Stadt Wien erhielt.

Durch die Verbindung von Öl- und Acrylmalerei und Pastelkreiden Techniken, lässt Boafo Elemente seines Alltags in seine Arbeiten einfliessen, die inspiriert werden durch ineinander verwobenen soziale und politische Elemente. Die “Diary Serie” die während Sounds of Blackness x Heuer in der Kunsthalle Wien gezeigt wurde, porträtiert er sich selbst, während er gleichzeitig die Betrachter_in auffordert, die Kunstwerke als Widerstand gegen rassistische Strukturen zu sehen.

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