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Rodan Tekle

“I believe that through smart and new use of technology, and through joint efforts, we the people can protect and care for ourselves at a way higher rate.”

This is a black and white grainy photo of a close up of Rodan Tekle's face, she is a black woman with headphones on, one hand touching the headphone as she's looking straight into the camera with a serious but gentle gaze.
Date and place of birth
b. 1981, Sudan
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2020, Rapid Response Fellow

Rodan Tekle is a video editor and digital artist/designer living and working in NYC via Sweden/Eritrea/Sudan. She is also the Co-founder of the digital motion studio STUDIO JUNBI. Before earning her MFA in the field of digital art, she worked several years, in Stockholm – in the professional world of theater and opera. In her ongoing research work, she is mainly interested in exploring the cinematic and documentary themes and possibilities associated with the daily-encountered, lived within a screen environment – looking to understand and visualize the blur between the physical and the virtual, specifically from a woman-centric African diasporic lens.

Rapid Response Project

Tekle’s Rapid Response project is an exploration of what a more innovative infrastructure for redistribution and reparations could look like in the form of “digital, insurrectionary, mutual aid, community financing.” Through her research during Phase 1, she hopes to author a manifesto and design a guide for an open-sourced and ever-evolving model prototype for money organizing.

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