Limerick, Ireland
Image Description: A freckled, brown-skinned woman looks intently into the camera, her arms crossed to present her left side. Her black curly Afro hair is glinting in the light and she wears a pleated red dress and red lipstick. She has tortoiseshell, cat-eye glasses on, a gold nose ring and mottled white cowbone earrings. Image Description Text: Ama Josephine Budge. Photo Credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Ama Josephine Budge

EVA International and Frame Finland are delighted to announce Ama Josephine Budge as the recipient of the Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship (2020-2021). The Fellowship is the first in a four-year programme for contemporary art curators led by Frame Finland, exploring new forms of research that renew curatorial and institutional working habits.

Ama Josephine Budge’s research project, titled Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care: Curation as Future-building will be led by independent practice, supported by site-visits and organisational facilitations in Ireland and Finland respectively. Click here for further information about the project.

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities.

Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana and across the Black diaspora. Ama is a member of Queer Ecologies 2020, runs the Apocalypse Reading Room project, and is the lead artist on the MycoLective project with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice.

Ama’s artistic and curatorial work has been presented at Nottingham Contemporary, the Other Futures Festival, Casco Art Institute and b.Dewitt Gallery. Her writing practice has been published internationally in Aperture, The Bookseller, The Independent, Media Diversified, Autograph ABP Newspaper, CHEW Magazine and Spec from the Margins, Consented Magazine and SKIN Deep. She has given talks at Southbank Centre, Wits University Johannesburg, Goldsmiths University, ICA London, Glasgow School of Art and University of Minneapolis.