Nicholas Calvin Mwakatobe


Nicholas Calvin Mwakatobe is a filmmaker/photographer and a curator interested in stories and intersectionality; how history, geography, and interaction with each other define how we see ourselves, each other, and our relationship to the world around us.

His work traces themes of representation and identity, something that influences his approach in both personal as well as collaborative work.

In 2018 he founded PichaTime (for which he is a curator), a platform interested in engaging the public in a critical reflection on convergence of power of stories, histories, and creative expressions in shaping our identities and relationships with others and the world around us.

He is a Video Consortium Fellow (2023), a recipient of a Civitella Ranieli Visual Art Fellowship in Italy (2019), and Apex Art Visual Art Fellowship in New York (2019). In 2020 he was selected to take part in a New York TimesPortfolio Review.

He co-curated a performative installation project, Vinyago: Dance Beyond Colonial Biography (2018-2022), premiered at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin in December 2022. The project focused on the collection of the East African masks of the Ethnological Museum Berlin as a starting point into reflecting on the facts and implications of African Heritage at large being displaced in European Museums.

He is currently an artist-in-residence at the British Library as part of Resonations, supported by British Council.

He lives and works in Dar es Salaam Tanzania where he is an active participant of local art and film scene. 

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