What does it mean to grow on water?

As part of our Summer Artist-Organizer-in-Residence program, Ama BE hosts this virtual conversation with artists Patti Anahory, Tracian Meikle, Nyancho NwaNri, and Kenda Rae, to offer nuance to the topic of African migration. They will explore how people are able to root themselves amidst constant fluidity—like plants growing on water—and discuss the ways they navigate these ideas and questions in their work.

Their conversation will be followed by a short Q&A. RSVP for this virtual conversation here.


Kenda Rae | Musician/Educator (United States)

Tracian Meikle | Curatorial Resident, Treehouse Lagos (Jamaica)

Nyancho NwaNri | Award winning Photographer/ Artist (Gambia/Nigeria)

About the Host

Ama BE is a Ghanaian American, transdisciplinary artist exploring African relationships to land, labor, and migration. She works largely with botanical materials that carry antithetical ties to hegemonic trade, violent labor migrations, spirituality, and holistic remedy. Her work probes at the porous spaces between time, materiality, sentience, and memory to propose nuanced encounters and open suggestive space for performing and embodying Africanfuturity.

About this Residency Program

We host an annual summer residency for Artist-Organizers. The Artist-Organizer-in-Residence is a yearly opportunity for an artist-organizer to conduct independent research, widen their network, and organize programming. Since the fall of 2020, we have hosted five Artist-Organizers-in-Residence: Brittney Washington, Bilphena Yahwon, Mikhail Ilyin, Adele Kenworthy, Kamal Rahim Tanner Tourgee, and Ama BE. This opportunity is for artists based in the DC region. Applications will open in the Spring. 





Thursday, July 27, 6:00 pm EST