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In Conversation: Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed

In Conversation: Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed

Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed, 'Except this time nothing returns from the ashes' (2023). Installation View at Spike Island. Photography by Dan Weill

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Exhibiting artists Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed join in conversation to discuss their new film collaboration Except this time nothing returns from the ashes. The conversation is followed by a Q&A with the audience.

ASMAA JAMA

Asmaa Jama is a Somali artist, poet and filmmaker based in Bristol. As a filmmaker, Jama was commissioned by BBC Arts to make the interactive film Before We Disappear (2021), and by Bristol Old Vic to make The Season of Burning Things (2021), which was screened at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2021), as part of 100 Ways to say We. Both films were made with artist and costume designer Gouled Ahmed, as part of an ongoing creative collaboration. Jama is a Film London FLAMIN Fellow (2022) and a resident artist at Somerset House Studios.

GOULED ABDISHAKOUR AHMED

Gouled Abdishakour Ahmed is an artist, stylist, costume designer and writer. Their work explores themes of memory, belonging and futurity using self-portraiture and self-fashioning as a tool to challenge traumatic histories and interrogate how structures of power have created meaning in how the ‘other’ is seen and understood in the Horn of Africa. Their work has been shown widely at venues such as V&A Museum, London (2022); Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa (2021); Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2021); Northstar Church of the Arts, Durham (2019); ZOMA Museum, Addis Ababa (2018); Guramayle Art Center, Addis Ababa (2018); Asni Art Gallery, Addis Ababa (2018); Lela Art Gallery, Addis Ababa (2018); and Africa Center, London (2017).

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