Kelvin Haizel

Program Overview

Kelvin Haizel is the recipient of the annual David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award which makes this residency at Hyde Park Art Center possible. This residency is also made possible due to a partnership with Northwestern University through the Black Arts Consortium.

Kelvin Haizel

  • July 17 – December 5, 2022
  • Visiting from Ghana
Kelvin Haizel is a Ghanaian artist committed to understanding the image via received notions of the expanded field of the photographical. His experiments in image extend beyond the visual to include sonic and haptic forms. Haizel’s installation titled things and nothings showed at the 11th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, entitled Afrotopia (2017). He also participated in  Orderly Disorderly exhibition (2017), organized by blaxTARLINES KUMASI at the Museum of Science and Technology, Accra.  In the same year, he served as guest curator to the inaugural Lagos Biennale. Haizel won the prize for young contemporary photography “A New Gaze 2” presented by Vontobel Art Commission, 2018, Switzerland.  In 2019 he had his multi-sensorial solo exhibition in Zurich Babysitting A Shark In A Coldroom: Comoros Encounters. An extension of the project was shown in the Stellenbosch Triennial, Tomorrow there will be more of us in 2020, and a select few also showed at the Museum Belvédère as part of the 27th Nooderlicht Photo Festival “Generation Z” in 2020. His work was shown in the exhibition This Is Not Africa: Unlearn what you have learned which opened at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in 2021. He is currently in residency at the MARKK Museum developing work from their photographic archive towards the Hamburg Photography Triennial in 2022. Kelvin Haizel is a  doctoral student at  KNUST College of Art in Kumasi. He belongs to the collectives: blaxTARLINES KUMASI and Exit Frame.