Two artists selected for Wintanworks 2024

It is a great pleasure to announce that the artists Halimatu Iddurisu from Ghana and Charlotte Thrane from Denmark have been selected for Wintanworks 2024; a residency and exchange program between AHC in Denmark and the collective blaxTARLINES KUMASI in Ghana.

Charlotte Thrane: Accumulations, site specific work, 2023, inter.pblc, Copenhagen. Photo: Jan Søndergaard

Wintanworks is a residency program providing two artists – one from each country – with the opportunity to ‘swap’ locations for one month, each of them thereby spending time in another art scene and another cultural environment. The overall idea of Wintanworks is to engender and support artistic exchange and networking between north and south – between Denmark and Ghana.

Wintanworks first took place as a pilot project in February 2023, involving the artists Abdul-Salam Alhassan and Sofie Amalie Andersen. This year is the first time that Wintanworks is held on the basis of an Open Call, and it is with great pleasure to be able to announce that it is the two artists Halimatu Iddurisu and Charlotte Thrane who have been selected.

Halimatu Iddurisu (b. 1997) is a Ghanaian visual artist, graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who lives and works in Kumasi, Ghana. Her artworks explore the dichotomy between the liberal dressing style of Muslim women in Ghana and the strict Islamic rules that govern women’s costume. Through a combination of henna, acrylic paints and synthetic dyes to paradoxically portray women in an obscured style, Iddrisu omits certain details of the supposed features within the Islamic customs and highlights rather the unseen features on the body. Iddrisu’s thought-provoking artworks prompt viewers to reflect on the complexities of identity, cultural practices and societal expectations.

Charlotte Thrane (b. 1975) is a Danish visual artist, who lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, UK, in 2003. She orchestrates meetings between soft and hard materials, objects and structures, which become sculptures and site-specific installations. Thrane’s works are centered around sculptural, bodily experiences, and speak directly to the body and the senses as aesthetic and spatial gestures. Central to the works are the traces and markings that we leave through touch and through living.

The programme comprises accommodation in Accra/Kumasi and Copenhagen and a planned programme that allows for time to conduct research, form a new network, and give a public talk. You’ll find more details here.

The name ‘Wintanworks’ is a portmanteau word composed of ‘Winter’ and ‘Harmattan’, meaning ‘desert wind’, indicating quite simply that the residency takes place in February-March, when cold winds blow in Denmark, and strong and Sahara dusty winds prevail in West Africa.

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