Ethel-Ruth Tawe (b. Yaoundé, Cameroon) is a multidisciplinary artist, editor, and creative strategist, exploring identity, archival histories, and African diaspora cultures. Image-making, storytelling, and time-travelling compose the framework of her inquiry. Using collage, pigments, words, still and moving images, Ethel examines technologies of nature and space, often from a magical realist lens. Her burgeoning curatorial practice took form in an inaugural exhibition titled 'African Ancient Futures', and continues to expand through a myriad of audiovisual experiments.
While based between Europe and Africa, Ethel has exhibited on billboards in London by flat 70 x JCDecaux, and presented at several academic panels including at Maastricht University. As a creative consultant, she has produced global campaigns for ART X Lagos (West Africa's leading international art fair), conducted editorial research for ContemporaryAnd, Quartz, Nataal, A2.O Magazine among other publications, designed best-selling guidebooks, and developed impactful brand strategies.
Ethel holds an MSc Development Studies from SOAS University of London and a BA (Hons) International Human Rights with a minor in Art History & Criticism. Her academic research examined the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Africa. Ethel has also worked with the African Union and international organisations in The Hague. Living in Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, The US, UK, Netherlands, and Ghana has informed her multifaceted approach to social problem-solving.