Ng’endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for film ‘Yellow Fever’. Her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women’s ideals of beauty.

Ng’endo focuses on relationships and the separation between perception and reality. At the prestigious Design Indaba conference (2015), she gave a presentation, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of re-humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image.

She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (‘06), and hold a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (‘12). Also she is a Berlinale Talents Alumni (‘14, ‘15), and was selected to participate in the Grafikens Hus Artist’s residency ‘15, the REALNESS Screenwriter’s Residency ‘18, the Locarno Academy ‘18, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Filmmaker’s Lab ’18.

Ng’endo films have won numerous awards, including the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, both for ‘Yellow Fever’, and the Encounters Immersive Grand Prix for her first 360 film, ‘Nairobi Berries’.

During her time at Jiwar, she will start a ‘Left-Handed Sketch Book’: “Limiting myself  to the use of  what was originally my dominant hand, has been a method I have employed in the past to loosen the expectations I have of my own drawing abilities, and to participate in my practice without the limitations of ‘creating art.’ As a left-handed child, the adults who cared for me used psychological and physical methods to eventually convert me into right-handedness. Engaging with my left hand reminds me of what I see as an approach to life from which I unwillingly slipped to conform to provincial superstitions. It allows me to draw without judging my creation before it is even born, and to reconnect to a child-like sense of freedom.

As someone who finds the design of pattern and repetition very soothing, Jiwar presents a beautiful opportunity in which to explore the Moorish architecture of Barcelona, and engage in a fantastic cultural experience.”

Ng’endo is staying at Jiwar thanks to the collaboration with Africa Centre



Artist talk discussing politics of representation and her use of animation as an act of resistance at Hangar on Thursday 20th of September at 19h30. This talk will be in conversation with Tania Adam, the Founder and Editor of Radio Africa Magazine.



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