It's a Questions of Power, Isn't It?


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sonsbeek20→24 is conceived by artistic director, curator, author and biotechnologist Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, PhD (born in 1977 in Yaoundé, Cameroon). He is founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin and is the artistic director of sonsbeek20–24, a quadrennial contemporary art exhibition in Arnhem, the Netherlands. He is artistic director of the 13th Bamako Encounters 2022, a biennale for African photography in Mali. Ndikung was the curator-at-large for Adam Szymczyk's Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany in 2017; a guest curator of the Dak’Art biennale in Dakar, Senegal in 2018; as well as artistic director of the 12th Bamako Encounters in 2019. Together with the Miracle Workers Collective, he curated the Finland Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019.He was a recipient of the first OCAD University International Curators Residency fellowship in Toronto in 2020. Most recently he was appointed as a jury member for the 59th International Art Exhibition in Venice 2022. He is currently a professor in the Spatial Strategies MA program at the Weissensee Academy of Art in Berlin. From 2023 he will take on the role of Director at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin.

Amal Alhaag (1983) is an Amsterdam-based independent curator, DJ, and researcher who develops ongoing experimental and collaborative research practices, public programs, and projects on global spatial politics, archives, colonialism, counter-culture, oral histories, and popular culture. Her projects and collaborations with people, initiatives, and institutions invite, stage, question, and play with “uncomfortable” issues that riddle, rewrite, remix, share, and compose narratives in impermanent settings. Alhaag was awarded Akademie van Kunsten Penning 2022 prize by Akademie van Kunsten/Society of the Arts.

Zippora Elders (1986) is chief curator (head of curatorial department & outreach) at the Gropius Bau in Berlin. Until recently she was director of Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen in the Netherlands, a heritage site that she since 2016 has led as a retreat for contemporary art and ecological exchange under the themes of science fiction and enchantment, healing, fertility. Previously she was curator at Foam, museum for photography in Amsterdam. Zippora studied art history and museum curating with philosophy and public administration. Besides making exhibitions, she works as a writer, editor and (guest) teacher, and holds several advisory and supervisory positions. She is cocurator for sonsbeek20-24.

Krista Jantowski (1986) runs WALTER books, a bookshop, hang out and reading room located in Arnhem (NL). Ever since opening its doors in 2016, WALTER books is open five days a week for conversation, (collective) reading, and gossip, centering conviviality and hosting its institutional and not-so-institutional partners, centralizing publicness. She works as an organizer, host and curator.

Aude Christel Mgba (1991) is an independent curator and art historian based between the Netherlands and Cameroon. She was a participant of the De Appel 2018 / 19 Curatorial Program. Aude’s curatorial practice includes research projects and platforms around production, transcription, translation and embodiment of knowledge.

Prior to 2022, the curatorial team was completed by Antonia Alampi, who has been the artistic co-director of SAVVY Contemporary, and Vincent van Velsen, who is currently curator photography at Stedelijk Museum.

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