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Curatorial Research Residencies in Berlin, Lagos, Johannesburg and Nairobi for emerging curators and cultural practitioners


Starting in September 2021, ZK/U Berlin, G.A.S in Lagos, Bag Factory in Johannesburg and NCAI Nairobi, will host a new research residency programme with a focus on curatorial practices, the TURN2 Residencies.

The residencies were launched by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) and are part of the programme TURN2 - Artistic Co-Creation between Germany and African Countries. The TURN2 Residencies are a joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the ZK/U Berlin and the Triangle Network, and are carried out in collaboration with the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), the Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation in Lagos and the Bag Factory in Johannesburg. 

The TURN2 Residencies facilitate research for emerging curators and cultural practitioners with curatorial experience (visual arts, cross-disciplinary) either from the African continent to come to Berlin, or from Germany to come to Johannesburg, Lagos or Nairobi to explore the vibrant cultural scenes as a starting point for sustainable curatorial exchanges. 

The aim of the residency programme is to widen the professional network and research opportunities for curators and cultural producers living in the African continent, providing them with access to the visual cultural scene in Germany and facilitating sustainable exchanges.

Selected TURN2 Residents


Renée Akitelek Mboya (Nairobi)    /// Sept. - Nov. 2021
Laura Ganda (Harare)    /// Oct. - Dec. 2021
Mike Mavura (Cape Town)    /// Oct. - Dec. 2021
Luamba Muinga (Luanda)    /// Jan. - Mar. 2022
Essa Dabla-Attikpo (Accra)    /// Jan. - Mar. 2022
Second Round:
Elham Khattab (Cairo)    /// Apr. - Jun. 2022 
Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose (Cape Town)    /// Apr. - Jun. 2022
Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi (Kumasi)    /// Jul. - Sep. 2022
Alibeta (Dakar)    /// Jul. - Sep. 2022 
Jesse Gerard (Tanzania)    /// Oct. - Dec. 2022 
Huda Zikry (Cairo)    /// Nov. - Dec. 2022 
Sibongile Oageng Msimango (South Africa)    /// Jan. -Mar. 2023 


Lynhan Balatbat Helbock (Berlin)    /// Apr. - May 2022
Miriam Bettin (Cologne)    /// Sept. - Oct. 2022
Mahret Ifeoma Kupka (Frankfurt)    /// Jan. - Feb. 2023


Federica Bueti (Berlin)    /// Oct. - Nov. 2022
Anna Ehrenstein (Berlin)    /// Sept. - Oct. 2022 
Sofia Ana Elise Steinvorth (Würzburg)    /// Feb. - Mar.  2022


Jumoke Adeyanju (Berlin)    /// Apr. - Jun. 2022
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Berlin)    /// Jun.- Jul. 2022
Kathy-Ann, Tan (Berlin)    /// Jun.- Jul. 2022

Finalists were selected by an expert jury through a call open to emerging curators in the contemporary visual arts and emerging curators with a cross-disciplinary approach, as well as to cultural practitioners with a curatorial interest based on the African continent and in Germany. The selected candidate will undertake a fully-funded residency at ZK/U Berlin, Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI)G.A.S. Lagos or Bag Factory in Johannesburg. Residencies are scheduled to take place between September 2021 and June 2023. The selection phase of the first Open Call ended in June 2021, while the selection phase of the second Open Call ended in November 2021.

TURN2 Residencies at ZK/U Berlin

During their stay, residents are encouraged to involve themselves with ZK/U’s transdisciplinary and discursive residency programme and to propose their own formats. Furthermore, residents are also explicitly encouraged to visit and network with cultural institutions throughout Germany. The selected candidates at ZK/U will be supported by a mentor who facilitates contacts to relevant cultural institutions and actors and accompanies the research development during the residency.


The TURN2 Residencies are a joint project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), the ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics and the Triangle Network. In collaboration with the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI), the G.A.S. Foundation in Lagos and the Bag Factory in Johannesburg.

Triangle Network is a global network of artists and visual arts organisations that support professional development and cultural exchange amongst artists, curators and other arts professionals through residencies, workshops, training and knowledge sharing.

The Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) promotes art and culture within the scope of federal competence. One of its main priorities is to support innovative programmes and projects on an international level. The Foundation focuses on cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation by initiating projects of its own and funding project proposals in all areas of the arts with no stipulations as to theme or subject. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.

Host in Johannesburg

The Bag Factory is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation providing studio space to a cross-generational community of Johannesburg based artists, and hosting international artist residencies, the David Koloane Award and Cassirer Welz Award. Bag Factory regularly curates exhibitions and a public programme wiith a pioneering 30-year history, Bag Factory provides a fertile international environment for experimentation, innovation and cultural dialogue between creatives in South Africa and the rest of the world.

Host in Nairobi

Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI) is a non-profit visual art space dedicated to the growth and preservation of contemporary art in East Africa.

Host in Lagos

The Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange and developing creative practices through artist residencies, public programmes and international collaborations. Based on an idea Shonibare began developing back in 2011, G.A.S. Foundation was established in 2019 and launched under the Yinka Shonibare Foundation (a UK registered charity).

Host in Berlin

The Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) is a place of art production, an artists' and researchers' residence and a programme platform in Berlin that combines local creation with global discourses. The ZK/U Berlin investigates existing forms of knowledge and practices in urban spaces as a springboard for the self-determination of the individual and the community. The ZK/U Berlin promotes the development of resilient and integrative networks that do justice to the complexities of urban life in the 21st century.