This is a special, two-week screening in the context of our Fortnightly Highlight #11, presenting video footage shot during Berlin-based, German/Ghanaian artist Magdalena Akua Agyekum’s time in residence with Em'kal Eyongakpa at mbì-ɛshobì, Bɔ́ Bɛtɔk / Bijlmer station, Amsterdam, in August 2020; foregrounding her participation as well as her authorship of the residency’s title, The water hit me.
This recorded warm-up session represents only a series of moments within the wider process of collective activity that took place throughout August 2020; yet it provides a powerful testament to the spirit of solidarity created by such spaces of mutual support and creative exchange - urgent even more than ever in these times - between artists, writers, musicians, poets and creative practices worldwide.
Read more about the roots and starting points for Magdalena Akua Agyekum / azura pataku's residency with Em'kal Eyongakpa here.
Image and video above: Magdalena Akua Agyekum / azura pataku, video from a live recording at the end of The water hit me residency, mbì-ɛshobì, Bɔ́ Bɛtɔk / Bijlmer station, Amsterdam, August 2020. Courtesy of the artists, Bɔ́ Bɛtɔk, © Eyongakpa
Magdalena Akua Agyekum was born in Berlin and grew up in Ghana and Germany. Her multidisciplinary practice as an artist within which she works under the name azura pataku incorporates sonic installations, in parallel with her work as a holistic vitality coach. She is part of the multimedia collective as r9.conn9ct (tuabas kolletiv).