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Taking place in Luanda, the Nesr Art Foundation's residency program is open to all Angolan emerging artists and the selection is made by the foundation's artistic committee following an open call for applications.

The residencies' mission is to establish deeper engagement between artists and curators, and to create opportunities for practical and theoretical mentorship. It has a commitment to facilitating connections with the social and cultural scene in Angola, as well as maintaining strong conversations between the residents and international arts professionals.

The Residency program welcomes 6 artists per year, in 3 sessions of 10 weeks, with 2 artists at a time. Residents receive a fully furnished studio and living space, as well as a monthly stipend and production grant.

Open Call

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Residents

Sofia Yala Sofia Yala

Residency: May - July,2023
Sofia Yala's artwork conveys a sense of urgency to display archival material combined with episodes of emancipation in life. Yala is a storyteller, working in different times, textures, and layers. Her work considers (de)construction of her own body and identity in search of futuristic ways of framing. Her medium of choice is photography, but Sofia enjoys experimenting and showing her work alongside different formats and compositions.

Type here to Search, Collage, Inkjet print on cotton paper,
2020

Carina Ubisse Capitine Carina Ubisse Capitine

Residency: May - July, 2023
Mozambican and queer artist Carina Capitine believes in the power of art to give voice to the realities of marginalized communities. She manifests the sapphic nature of her art in her use of the body, nature, and sensuality to portray her interaction with feminine energy. Through the combination of traditional ceramics, writing, and audio-visual cut-outs, Carina finds a vehicle for self-reflection and expression and she explores the use of art as a communication tool for social change.

KAPPAUSE, modeling on red clay, 2021

Malebona Maphutse Malebona Maphutse

Residency: January - March, 2023
Malebona Maphutse, guest artist through a partnership with the THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE gallery, lives and works in Johannesburg, and seeks to build historical narratives through her extensive and comprehensive artistic production - which includes linocuts and digigraphy, painting on canvas, drawing, sculptural installations, and video art. Her digital collages and installations appropriate the visuals and language of street flyers, bitingly exploring the historical debt resulting from systemic oppression. Her work seeks to investigate how bodies encounter space and transcend mere existence to understand the politics of space.

Siyagoduka: Bamba Lapha, 2021.

Hélio Buite Hélio Buite

Residency: January - March, 2023
Hélio Buite's practice goes deep into different disciplines, such as photography, video, installation, audio, and documentation. He is interested in neocolonialism when analyzing the path taken by Angola, from colonialism, independence, civil war, and the economic crisis that the country is going through. Hélio believes in a future of self-sufficiency and human rights that are practiced, not just written. A reality that seems utopian in the current context.

Grupo Paizinho e Filhos LDT, 2021.

Adriano Cangombe Adriano Cangombe

Residency: September - November, 2022
Adriano Cangombe's practices focus on resignifying certain aspects, facts, and events that have marked Angolan history in the context of the civil war. His work is fundamentally based on the construction of collective memory and archive that sustains his narrative, resulting in experimenting different media and materials.

Ao Som das Marés, 2022.

Rui Magalhães Rui Magalhães

Residency: September - November, 2022
Rui Magalhães is a photographer who captures commonplace with detailed intensity and an eye for the expressions, attitudes, and postures that expose mechanisms of visibility and opacity, mobility and permanence, resistance, and survival in a city built on economic eventualities. Studying us and the occupations of the spaces, his practice is a mix of critical archives of Luanda’s recent architectural history and urban archaeology, documenting the city's inoperable relations.

Untitled, photography. (Benguela, Angola 2019)

Rui Magalhães

Benigno Mangovo Benigno Mangovo

Residency: May - June, 2022
Benigno's work is mostly a metaphorical representation of personal experiences and various characteristics that make up the human experience, such as interpersonal relationships, fear, death, loneliness, memory, love, and dreams.

Mbu, 2020

Eltina Gaspar Eltina Gaspar

Residency: May - June, 2022
Eltina Gaspar uses photography as a communication tool, expressing herself through it. Her work is focused on human rights and social protests. Through images, she is storytelling the social, political, and economic context of her country and the world.

"Melanina", photography.

Osvaldo Ferreira Osvaldo Ferreira

Residency: November - December, 2021
Osvaldo Ferreira explores the relationship between generations within Angola's social everyday life.

Juntos pela mesma causa, 2021

Pamina Sebastião Pamina Sebastião

Residency: November - December, 2021
Pamina Sebastião is an artist and activist whose practice focuses on gender and sexuality, as well as the (de)construction of the body as part of the decolonization process.

Drawings from the Cadernos de colagens Series, Collage and pen on paper, 2021

Open Call

Sofia Yala

Residency: May - July,2023: May - July,2023
Sofia Yala's artwork conveys a sense of urgency to display archival material combined with episodes of emancipation in life. Yala is a storyteller, working in different times, textures, and layers. Her work considers (de)construction of her own body and identity in search of futuristic ways of framing. Her medium of choice is photography, but Sofia enjoys experimenting and showing her work alongside different formats and compositions.

Type here to Search, Collage, Inkjet print on cotton paper,
2020

Sofia Yala,

Carina Ubisse Capitine

Residency: May - July, 2023: May - July, 2023
Mozambican and queer artist Carina Capitine believes in the power of art to give voice to the realities of marginalized communities. She manifests the sapphic nature of her art in her use of the body, nature, and sensuality to portray her interaction with feminine energy. Through the combination of traditional ceramics, writing, and audio-visual cut-outs, Carina finds a vehicle for self-reflection and expression and she explores the use of art as a communication tool for social change.

KAPPAUSE, modeling on red clay, 2021

Carina Ubisse Capitine,

Malebona Maphutse

Residency: January - March, 2023: January - March, 2023
Malebona Maphutse, guest artist through a partnership with the THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE gallery, lives and works in Johannesburg, and seeks to build historical narratives through her extensive and comprehensive artistic production - which includes linocuts and digigraphy, painting on canvas, drawing, sculptural installations, and video art. Her digital collages and installations appropriate the visuals and language of street flyers, bitingly exploring the historical debt resulting from systemic oppression. Her work seeks to investigate how bodies encounter space and transcend mere existence to understand the politics of space.

Siyagoduka: Bamba Lapha, 2021.

Malebona Maphutse,

Hélio Buite

Residency: January - March, 2023: January - March, 2023
Hélio Buite's practice goes deep into different disciplines, such as photography, video, installation, audio, and documentation. He is interested in neocolonialism when analyzing the path taken by Angola, from colonialism, independence, civil war, and the economic crisis that the country is going through. Hélio believes in a future of self-sufficiency and human rights that are practiced, not just written. A reality that seems utopian in the current context.

Grupo Paizinho e Filhos LDT, 2021.

Hélio Buite,

Adriano Cangombe

Residency: September - November, 2022: September - November, 2022
Adriano Cangombe's practices focus on resignifying certain aspects, facts, and events that have marked Angolan history in the context of the civil war. His work is fundamentally based on the construction of collective memory and archive that sustains his narrative, resulting in experimenting different media and materials.

Ao Som das Marés, 2022.

Adriano Cangombe,

Rui Magalhães

Residency: September - November, 2022: September - November, 2022
Rui Magalhães is a photographer who captures commonplace with detailed intensity and an eye for the expressions, attitudes, and postures that expose mechanisms of visibility and opacity, mobility and permanence, resistance, and survival in a city built on economic eventualities. Studying us and the occupations of the spaces, his practice is a mix of critical archives of Luanda’s recent architectural history and urban archaeology, documenting the city's inoperable relations.

Untitled, photography. (Benguela, Angola 2019)

Rui Magalhães

Rui Magalhães,

Benigno Mangovo

Residency: May - June, 2022: May - June, 2022
Benigno's work is mostly a metaphorical representation of personal experiences and various characteristics that make up the human experience, such as interpersonal relationships, fear, death, loneliness, memory, love, and dreams.

Mbu, 2020

Benigno Mangovo,

Eltina Gaspar

Residency: May - June, 2022: May - June, 2022
Eltina Gaspar uses photography as a communication tool, expressing herself through it. Her work is focused on human rights and social protests. Through images, she is storytelling the social, political, and economic context of her country and the world.

"Melanina", photography.

Eltina Gaspar,

Osvaldo Ferreira

Residency: November - December, 2021: November - December, 2021
Osvaldo Ferreira explores the relationship between generations within Angola's social everyday life.

Juntos pela mesma causa, 2021

Osvaldo Ferreira,

Pamina Sebastião

Residency: November - December, 2021: November - December, 2021
Pamina Sebastião is an artist and activist whose practice focuses on gender and sexuality, as well as the (de)construction of the body as part of the decolonization process.

Drawings from the Cadernos de colagens Series, Collage and pen on paper, 2021

Pamina Sebastião,

Presentation

Constituting a significant and unprecedented group of artworks showcasing the vitality and diversity of Angola, the collection aims at contextualizing these works within wider practices in Africa and its diaspora.

The Foundation facilitates the circulation of works across the world with an active loan program of its collection.

Artists

Aïda Muluneh Aïda Muluneh

Residency:
Born in Addis Ababa in 1974, Muluneh graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film. Her photography has been published widely, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum, The RISD Museum of Art, and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States.

Shackles of Limitation, 2018.

António Ole António Ole

Residency:
António Ole (b.1951 Angola) is a leading figure in the history of artistic developments in Angola and one of the most active on the international contemporary art scene among Portuguese-speaking African artists. His rich and diversified visual universe is bound in the vivid intersection of direct observation, historical memory, far-reaching references and pressing contemporary issues such as poverty, inequity, migration, corruption and unsustainable development.

O Poder da Água e das Partículas Sensíveis, 2018.

Benigno Mangovo Benigno Mangovo

Residency:
Benigno’s work is mostly a metaphorical representation of personal experiences and various characteristics that make up the human experience, such as interpersonal relationships, fear, death, loneliness, memory, love and dreams.

Ilumbu Awuna, 2022.

Esther Mahlangu Esther Mahlangu

Residency:
Esther Mahlangu is part of the Ndebele community in the Gauteng region, located north of Pretoria. The Ndebele, unlike many other tribes in South Africa, have managed to preserve their centuries’ old ancestral traditions. Esther Mahlangu is an important proponent of this tradition. She draws freehand, without first measuring or sketching, using luminous and high-contrast vinyl paints that lend extraordinary vigor to her murals. While at a glance purely abstract, her compositions are built upon a highly inventive system of signs and symbols. Mahlangu is the first Ndebele artist to transpose wall paintings onto canvases and to take the conventions of her artwork into the larger arena.

Ndbele abstract, 2022.

Gio Swaby Gio Swaby

Residency:
"My work revolves around an exploration of identity, more specifically, the intersections of Blackness and womanhood. I am interested in the ways in which this physical identity can serve as a positive force of connection and closeness, while also examining its imposed relationship to otherness."

Another Side To Me Second Chapter #2, 2021.

Helena Uambembe Helena Uambembe

Residency:
Helena Uambembe is an Angolan-South African artist whose work interrogates the dyadic relationship between the political (world politics) and the domestic (personal politics). Drawing from personal and familial history, Uambembe maps the ideological and intimate space created by the historical and colonial links between Angolan, Southern African and global history. Born in South Africa in 1994, her Angolan parents fled the Angolan civil war back in 1975 and settled in the embattled Pomfret with other families of the 32 Battalion.

That many crowds, faces and bodies, 2022-23.

She is the earth and speaks for those in the after, 2022-23.

Joana Choumali Joana Choumali

Residency:
Born in 1974, Choumali is a visual artist/photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She works mainly on conceptual portraits, mixed media, and documentary photography.

Interconnected, 2020.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

The crop, Series Albahian, 2019.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

Jeremy Demester Jeremy Demester

Residency:

Times of Grace VII, 2021.

Kiluanji Kia Henda Kiluanji Kia Henda

Residency:
Born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola), Kiluanji Kia Henda is a Multidisciplinary artist that uses humor and visual storytelling to examine Angola’s colonial history and propose new possibilities for the future. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paolo, and Gwangju Biennial, and his photo series Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline) (2013) was acquired by the Tate Modern in 2019.

Migrants Who Don’t Give a Fuck. 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

Mónica de Miranda Mónica de Miranda

Residency:
Born in 1976, Mónica de Miranda is a Portuguese artist, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. Mónica is an artist and researcher. Born in Porto (Portugal) from Angolan parents, she actually describes herself as an artist working in the diaspora. Her work is based on themes of urban archaeology and personal geographies.

Botanic gardens (Arquipélago Series). 2014

Back to Paradise (1). 2021

Back to Paradise (2). 2021

Osvaldo Ferreira Osvaldo Ferreira

Residency:
Osvaldo Ferreira (b. 1980, Angola) explores themes associated with the everyday life of Angolan society, evidencing an intergenerational continuity/discontinuity with regard to social experiences. His work, primarily constituted of paintings, often integrates chromatic and material elements that refer to the African textile tradition of exuberant colors.

Global Chaos, 2022.

René Tavares René Tavares

Residency:
René Tavares (b.1983, São Tomé e Príncipe) translates into painting and drawing, through strokes, lines, and spots, a personal synthesis of his own identity - always "unfinished" and in construction - positioning himself in constant movement between past and present references.

No Boundaries to Love (Cotton People Reloaded), 2021.

Bailarinas de Algodão, 2023

Yinka Shonibare Yinka Shonibare

Residency:
Throughout his colourful multimedia practice, Yinka Shonibare considers issues of postcolonialism and globalism and often references the distinctive batik cloth common in Nigeria. The African Library is a commemoration of the fight for independence in previous European colonies across the African continent and celebrates the achievements made by Africans since liberation.

The African Library Collection: Female Political Leaders, 2021.

Ymane Chabi-Gara Ymane Chabi-Gara

Residency:
Ymane Chabi-Gara is a French painter born in 1986 in Paris. She lives and works in Montreuil. Isolation, solitude, the body in relation to the world, and to the condition of being social are the main subjects of Ymane Chabi-Gara’s paintings. They represent individuals, alone or in small groups, in universes and situations that mirror their interiority. Domestic spaces and industrial wastelands serve as a support for the narrative, guided by formal and colored impressions. At first, a very detailed drawing determines the structure of the composition. Then the experience of painting for its own sake, opens sensitive and pictorial possibilities.

KOENJI (BUSTE BLANC), 2022

Aïda Muluneh

Born in Addis Ababa in 1974, Muluneh graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film. Her photography has been published widely, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum, The RISD Museum of Art, and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States.

Shackles of Limitation, 2018.

Aïda Muluneh,

António Ole

António Ole (b.1951 Angola) is a leading figure in the history of artistic developments in Angola and one of the most active on the international contemporary art scene among Portuguese-speaking African artists. His rich and diversified visual universe is bound in the vivid intersection of direct observation, historical memory, far-reaching references and pressing contemporary issues such as poverty, inequity, migration, corruption and unsustainable development.

O Poder da Água e das Partículas Sensíveis, 2018.

António Ole,

Benigno Mangovo

Benigno’s work is mostly a metaphorical representation of personal experiences and various characteristics that make up the human experience, such as interpersonal relationships, fear, death, loneliness, memory, love and dreams.

Ilumbu Awuna, 2022.

Benigno Mangovo,

Esther Mahlangu

Esther Mahlangu is part of the Ndebele community in the Gauteng region, located north of Pretoria. The Ndebele, unlike many other tribes in South Africa, have managed to preserve their centuries’ old ancestral traditions. Esther Mahlangu is an important proponent of this tradition. She draws freehand, without first measuring or sketching, using luminous and high-contrast vinyl paints that lend extraordinary vigor to her murals. While at a glance purely abstract, her compositions are built upon a highly inventive system of signs and symbols. Mahlangu is the first Ndebele artist to transpose wall paintings onto canvases and to take the conventions of her artwork into the larger arena.

Ndbele abstract, 2022.

Esther Mahlangu,

Gio Swaby

"My work revolves around an exploration of identity, more specifically, the intersections of Blackness and womanhood. I am interested in the ways in which this physical identity can serve as a positive force of connection and closeness, while also examining its imposed relationship to otherness."

Another Side To Me Second Chapter #2, 2021.

Gio Swaby ,

Helena Uambembe

Helena Uambembe is an Angolan-South African artist whose work interrogates the dyadic relationship between the political (world politics) and the domestic (personal politics). Drawing from personal and familial history, Uambembe maps the ideological and intimate space created by the historical and colonial links between Angolan, Southern African and global history. Born in South Africa in 1994, her Angolan parents fled the Angolan civil war back in 1975 and settled in the embattled Pomfret with other families of the 32 Battalion.

That many crowds, faces and bodies, 2022-23.

She is the earth and speaks for those in the after, 2022-23.

Helena Uambembe,

Joana Choumali

Born in 1974, Choumali is a visual artist/photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She works mainly on conceptual portraits, mixed media, and documentary photography.

Interconnected, 2020.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

The crop, Series Albahian, 2019.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

Joana Choumali,

Jeremy Demester

Times of Grace VII, 2021.

Jeremy Demester,

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola), Kiluanji Kia Henda is a Multidisciplinary artist that uses humor and visual storytelling to examine Angola’s colonial history and propose new possibilities for the future. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paolo, and Gwangju Biennial, and his photo series Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline) (2013) was acquired by the Tate Modern in 2019.

Migrants Who Don’t Give a Fuck. 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

Kiluanji Kia Henda ,

Mónica de Miranda

Born in 1976, Mónica de Miranda is a Portuguese artist, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. Mónica is an artist and researcher. Born in Porto (Portugal) from Angolan parents, she actually describes herself as an artist working in the diaspora. Her work is based on themes of urban archaeology and personal geographies.

Botanic gardens (Arquipélago Series). 2014

Back to Paradise (1). 2021

Back to Paradise (2). 2021

Mónica de Miranda,

Osvaldo Ferreira

Osvaldo Ferreira (b. 1980, Angola) explores themes associated with the everyday life of Angolan society, evidencing an intergenerational continuity/discontinuity with regard to social experiences. His work, primarily constituted of paintings, often integrates chromatic and material elements that refer to the African textile tradition of exuberant colors.

Global Chaos, 2022.

Osvaldo Ferreira,

René Tavares

René Tavares (b.1983, São Tomé e Príncipe) translates into painting and drawing, through strokes, lines, and spots, a personal synthesis of his own identity - always "unfinished" and in construction - positioning himself in constant movement between past and present references.

No Boundaries to Love (Cotton People Reloaded), 2021.

Bailarinas de Algodão, 2023

René Tavares,

Yinka Shonibare

Throughout his colourful multimedia practice, Yinka Shonibare considers issues of postcolonialism and globalism and often references the distinctive batik cloth common in Nigeria. The African Library is a commemoration of the fight for independence in previous European colonies across the African continent and celebrates the achievements made by Africans since liberation.

The African Library Collection: Female Political Leaders, 2021.

Yinka Shonibare,

Ymane Chabi-Gara

Ymane Chabi-Gara is a French painter born in 1986 in Paris. She lives and works in Montreuil. Isolation, solitude, the body in relation to the world, and to the condition of being social are the main subjects of Ymane Chabi-Gara’s paintings. They represent individuals, alone or in small groups, in universes and situations that mirror their interiority. Domestic spaces and industrial wastelands serve as a support for the narrative, guided by formal and colored impressions. At first, a very detailed drawing determines the structure of the composition. Then the experience of painting for its own sake, opens sensitive and pictorial possibilities.

KOENJI (BUSTE BLANC), 2022

Ymane Chabi-Gara,

The Nesr Art Foundation is an independent art foundation founded in 2021 by Hiba and Wissam Nesr. It focuses on supporting Angolan artists, and artists from the continent, through a platform for dialogue and exchange within Africa and internationally. The foundation provides a space for artistic research, production, and critical discourse through its residencies, collection, and educational projects, centered around a creative hub located in Luanda, Angola.

Founders

Hiba and Wissam Nesr are philanthropists and founders of the Nesr Art Foundation; a foundation born out of their wish to support the dynamic creative community within Angola and promote it internationally. The Nesr family has been based in Africa for the last 40 years and operates the largest agri-industrial group in Angola. For the last ten years, Hiba and Wissam have focused their philanthropic efforts to promote quality education, zero hunger, clean water and sanitation in the country.

Project Manager

Edna Bettencourt

Artistic Committee

Azu Nwagbogu Paula Nascimento Tandazani Dhlakama Thiago de Paula Souza

Advisory Board

Diana Campbell N'Goné Fall Samy Ghiyati Hala Khayat Jozef Smets Suzana Sousa Mercedes Vilardell Nora Mansour