Latest Project: Protective Style

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About me

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Merci aka Mercikubik is a visual artist. She draws her inspiration from the people in her surroundings, especially from family, friends and ancestors. Her work and projects often focus on themes like connectivity, womanhood and cultural heritage, while also exploring the random, wavy and abstractness of humans, human life and the human brain. Interconnection of all beings, nature and space are always at the back of her mind.

Her main elements of expression are painting, collages, photography and video editing. Further drawing from decolonial and Black feminist therory she explores multiple ways to implement her writing and art.


Merci completed a BA in Social Science and a MA in Political Science in Amsterdam.

She is currently working as a Visual Artist and Producer at the Rossel Chaslie Studio (

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Digital Art

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Project series

Connection: Protective Style – Ancestor Connection – Womxn Connection 

Is a compilation of art projects in which Mercikubik explored and expressed feelings of sisterhood/siblinghood, cultural and ancestral heritage and connectivity.

Inspiration for these art projects were Mercikubiks' sister, her culture and friendships.

The artworks consist of multiple materials. Pictures and Videos captured the moments we spent together, with which short films and collages have been created. For example, with the hair from Womxn Connection several paintings were created, that are spread across Amsterdam.

Protective Style

Braids, Twist and Cornrows are also known as Protective Hairstyles. But these hairstyles do more than save our snapped edges, tired hair and exhausted scalps, it connects us to our culture and ancestors. It reminds us of lovely moments with our parents, family and friends who do our hair or funny moments at the hair salon. It gives us the peace to not do our hair for a few weeks and waking up already looking fabulous. It also reminds us of the struggle Black people experience and how despite the hate and appropriation we wear our hairstyles proud.

With one big braid, that forms a circle with 5 connections, I want to represent this protection and connection between the African diaspora. Someone always stands in the middle as the rest are attached with hair protecting the person in the middle and each other.

Contemporary non-narrative short film (15min)

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Ancestral connection

I think a lot about my ancestors and if they would accept me. I grew up in Vienna, Austria, but growing up I did not really feel accepted by this society and that was often on bases of me not being white. I am mixed, my mother is Ghanaian and my father Austrian. I was raised by my mother and she raised me with her culture. Unfortunately, she did not teach me to speak her language, Fante. When I left the house, I was starred at, insulted and expected to behave a certain way. The older I got the more I wished I was fluent in my mother’s language. I was sad. I thought, If Austrian society is not accepting me, would my Austrian ancestors accept me? And further questioned, I do not speak Fante, would my Ghanaian ancestors accept me? However, when I moved out of my mothers' house I noticed I could do things I did not know I could do. One of those things was braiding hair. Braids are also referred to as protective hairstyles. Up until today, I cannot explain to anyone how I braid hair, it's just a thing I do. I love braiding hair of people I can connect to. I think it is a gift from my ancestors. It makes me feel protected. So now, I speak a language I don´t understand and understand a language I don’t speak.

Through these images, I want to show how it is possible to connect to people and energies at the most random places.

Sandy van den Brink (the model) and Safiano Leming (photographer) are two people I have made a strong connection with and that in a short time, which is unusual for me. Both of them are from the formerly colonized countries, Aruba and Suriname, but also, mixed with white Dutch parents. Places I did not know before I moved to the Netherlands. Places I did not know have a connection to Africa. We found each other in the Netherlands, a place we fit in but also don’t. We connected on different levels. One of those levels is our ancestral link, which especially comes through when caring for each other. That being, for example, me giving them a protective hairstyle.

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Womxn Connection

For this project I invited women and non-binary people, whom I feel a connection with and that have inspired me, to create an artwork together. In this project, I wanted to build connection and inspiration between women and non-binary people. I tried to do this by connecting them all through my hair with which they were encouraged to paint in the hope of creating a creative flow (inspiration from each other). I decided to connect people through hair because my hair to me is often how I connect to myself, my ancestors and other people. I invited women and non-binary people for this project because there is a different level of comfort present in a womb space and because they are my main source of inspiration, the first person being my mother.

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Ongoing Exhibtions

Past Exhibtions

2D Animation 'Strey! '

by Rossel Chaslie Studio

as producer and artist

Supported by

The Black Archives and Zwarte Manifest

Hosted by


Opening:  20.10.2021 until 20.2.2022