TURN2 Residencies

TURN2 is a programme developed by the German Federal Cultural Foundation to facilitate artistic co-creation between Germany and African countries. The TURN2 Residencies were devised to facilitate research for emerging curators and cultural practitioners with curatorial experience based in Germany and on the African continent with ambitions to make them the starting point for more international collaborations and knowledge sharing opportunities.


A joint project between the German Federal Cultural Foundation, ZK/U Berlin and the Triangle Network, the residencies are carried out in collaboration with the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute, Bag Factory in Johannesburg and G.A.S. Foundation. They are fully funded and provide living and working space while offering research opportunities for curators and cultural practitioners with curatorial experience of the African continent.


The selected recipients of the residencies were announced in March 2021 following an open call and include curators Lynhan Balatbat Helbock, Miriam Bettin and Mahret Ifeoma Kupka who joined us in Lagos from May 2022.


Lynhan Balatbat Helbock

Berlin | May - Jun 2022


Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock is a curator and researcher at SAVVY Contemporary where she is part of the participatory archive project Colonial Neighbours. She received her MA in Postcolonial Cultures and Global Policy at Goldsmiths University of London. In her work within the permanent collection of SAVVY Contemporary she looks for colonial traces that are manifested in our present.Lately she was co-curating the yearlong research and exhibition program HERE HISTORY BEGAN. TRACING THE RE/VERBERATIONS OF HALIM EL-DABH (2020-2021).




Miriam Bettin

Cologne | Oct - Dec 2022


Miriam Bettin is a curator and writer based in Cologne. Since 2019 she's been the Assistant Curator at the Kölnischer Kunstverein where she worked on various solo and group exhibitions, among them a solo show of Emma LaMorte, as well as accompanying events. Previously, she was a curator at the Kunstverein Braunschweig, where she worked with artists such as Jasmin Werner, Marvin Luvualu António, Hannah Weinberger, Leda Bourgogne, and Hassan Khan.


She published several catalogues and artist books, among them the first publication on Jasmin Werner's work. As a freelance curator and writer she regularly realizes projects, such as the group exhibition The Same As Ever, But More So (2018) at Braunsfelder in Cologne with works by Rebecca Ackroyd, Anna Blume, Leda Bourgogne, Melike Kara, Emma LaMorte, Turiya Magadlela, Aileen Murphy, R.H. Quaytman, Frances Scholz, Ambera Wellmann, and a contribution by Jessa Crispin, et al. In 2012, she worked in art education at the documenta 13 in Kassel. She is an alumni of the Curatorial Studies program at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and a graduate student of Juliane Rebentisch.



Dr Mahret Ifeoma Kupka

Frankfurt | Jan - Feb 2023


Dr Mahret Ifeoma Kupka is an art scholar, freelance writer and, since 2013, curator of fashion, body and the performative at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In her exhibitions, lectures, publications, and interdisciplinary projects, she addresses the issues of racism, memory culture, representation, and the decolonization of art and cultural practices in Europe and on the African continent.


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