Ethel-Ruth Tawe (b. Yaoundé, Cameroon) is a multidisciplinary artist and creative strategist exploring visual and sonic archives, memory, and identity in Africa and its diaspora. Image-making, storytelling, and time-travelling compose the framework of her inquiry. Using collage, pigments, words, installation, still and moving images, Ethel examines space and time-based technologies often from a magical realist lens. Her burgeoning curatorial practice took form in an inaugural exhibition titled 'African Ancient Futures', and continues to expand in a myriad of audiovisual experiments.
She is recipient of the Magnum Foundation (Magnum Photos) 2022 Counter Histories Initiative Grant for her project 'Image Frequency Modulation'. Exhibitions include 'Back In The Day is Our Future' (2021) at Melkweg Amsterdam, 'Reclaim Space' (2021) on flat 70 x JCDecaux billboards in London, Mozilla Foundation's 'Ancestral Intelligence' (2022) by Mystique Afrique, among others. Ethel has presented at academic panels including at Maastricht University and at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Her work has been featured on international platforms like BOMB Magazine and OkayAfrica. As a creative consultant, she has produced global campaigns for ART X Lagos, conducted research for brands like Nike and Johnnie Walker, and is a contributor to the British Journal of Photography, ContemporaryAnd, Quartz, Nataal, Africas A Country, Feminists, A2.O Magazine among other publications.
Ethel holds an MSc Development Studies from SOAS University of London and a BA (Hons) International Human Rights. Her academic research examined the safeguarding of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Africa, informing her work experience 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.