Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is one of the artists in the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Resident program 2021 announced on November 25, 2019.
The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program awards internationally highly regarded fellowships. Since 1963, over 1000 outstanding international visual artists, authors, filmmakers, composers, and sound artists have been invited to live and work in Berlin. As part of its long-term support of artists, works by current and former guests are presented at the daadgalerie in Kreuzberg as well as at partner institutions in Berlin, around Germany, and also abroad. Some of the previous residents to this program have been Petina Gappah, Helon Habila, Binyavanga Wainaina, Niq Mhlongo, and many more.
The program announced its literature residents with Robin Detje, author and translator, Berlin; Ricardo Domeneck, literary critic, São Paulo / Berlin; Dominique Haensell, literary critic, Berlin; Anna Jäger, curator and translator, Berlin; Barbara Wahlster, author, journalist and critic, Berlin; and Alexandra Ortiz Wallner, literary critic, Berlin doing the selections for the 2021 cycle.
The 2021 DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Resident in literature are;
- Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenya
- Taqi Akhlaqi, Afghanistan
- Miguel Bonnefoy, Venezuela / France
- Athena Farrokhzad, Sweden
- Francesca Melandri, Italy
- Fernanda Melchor, Mexico
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor came to continental fame when she won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing. Since then, she has written the novels Dust (2013) which won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and The Dragonfly Sea (2019).