Ethel-Ruth Tawe (b.1994, Yaoundé, Cameroon) is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist with a keen interest in engaging dialogue on identity and diasporic cultures. She holds an MSc in Development Studies (2018) from SOAS University of London and a BA (Hons) in International Human Rights with a minor in Art History & Criticism (2016). Her BA research examined the effectiveness and prospects of international programs and regional provisions geared toward safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Africa. Her Masters research interrogated the construct of citizenship from primarily African epistemologies, case studying insurgency, politics of recognition and postcolonial ideology in her birth home Cameroon.
Living in Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, The US, UK, Netherlands, and Ghana has informed her diverse approach to artistic experimentation. Her passion for art was born out of her heritage: landscapes, sounds, and spirited cultures of Home. She commends the ongoing cultural renaissance in Africa and the Diaspora. Many of her works showcase these visual cultures and aim to cultivate discourse about panafricanism and afrofuturism. Other subjects celebrate the resilience of women of color as healers, warriors, and creators. They strive to create and capture an alignment between the past, present, and future.
She currently works in content production and creative strategy in West Africa, most recently at an international art fair in Lagos, Nigeria and a creative agency in Accra, Ghana.