Valerie Asiimwe Amani
Lives & Works in Oxford, UK
Valerie Asiimwe Amani is a Tanzanian visual artist and writer working through video, textile, sculpture, installation, and the embodied. Her practice is informed by the malleable boundaries between the political, domestic, and intimate. She examines how language and disseminated images shift perceptions of relationships and reality. Amani’s practice incorporates myth, history, and contemporary culture to demonstrate how counter narratives and the unsaid form senses of self and community.

Amani has exhibited internationally, including in London, Lagos, Paris, and Cape Town. She is a 2023 Foundwork Art Prize Honoree and the recipient of the 2022 Ingram Art Prize. Recent exhibitions and performances include Boundary Encounters, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2023), and Holding Space, Hauser & Wirth, London (2023).

Her upcoming exhibitions include A Spirit Inside, Compton Verney (May 2024) and a solo presentation at Forster Gallery, Zanzibar (June 2024). Amani was recently commissioned by the Museen Stade for its project, “The Karl Braun Collection and the Role of the Amani Institute & German Colonialism in Tanzania.” Amani holds an MFA from The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, where she is currently pursuing a practice-led Fine Art PhD.

Valerie Asiimwe Amani will be presented by Kendeja Collective.
Valerie Asiimwe Amani, DADA (Sister) I, 2023, Ink and thread on watercolour paper, 38 x 28.5 cm. Courtesy of Kendeja Collective.