Brussels-based visual artist and photographer. Born in Abu Dhabi, of Somali origin, he picked up on photography and graphic designing as a minor while he was at university.
He discovered his passion for portraits and storytelling after experiencing with his friend’s point&shoot camera. Moving forward, he mastered image-editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, not only to get the best out of reality but also to create his own visual world.
A short radio-phonic collage, cut from a three hours online meeting between the members of The Post Collective brainstorming/contemplating on the word ‘hope’ spoken in four different languages; Arabic, English, Greek, and Somali – mixed with incidental sounds of our everyday life in quarantine: interior observations and playful performances.
Performed by the members of The Post Collective: Mahammed Alimu, Marcus Bergner, Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher and Orkid
“Festival of Hope”: A Global Virtual Poetry Initiative by Versopolis
The Post Collective: A Piece of Hope, a sound poem, April 2020
From February 2020 to the end of 2020 the collective is hosted by Kunsthal Gent for a development residency. In this 3 months the collective aims to build up artistic practices that transcend language and cultural barriers and address to a broad audience. it also seeks to extend its network and knowledge on how to sustainably structure itself and its agency.
The group will work on the fields of speculative design, self-publishing, graphic design, performance/sound art, collective reading and viewing, cultural activism and other artistic and critical practices.
Our agenda had been interrupted by COVID-19. Stay tuned for more updates.
Supported by: Kunsthal Gent, Stad Gent, Arts in Society Award 2019 – 2020, Refu Interim, KASK School of Arts
‘the wasp and the weather’ is Robin Vanbesien’s new film that focuses on Rzoezie, a former youth center in Mechelen, Belgium. Rzoezie was founded and organized in 1978 by young people of Moroccan and Amazigh descendent. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’, the center focused on education and organization by the youngsters, for the youngsters: bottom-up and from the inside. “Rzoezie” is the Arabic word for “wasp”.
In the center, the youngsters wrote poetry. These poems preserve to various extent the activist history of the moment in which they were written and dedicated to (1990-2000). In ’the wasp and the weather’, some of the original authors (M’Hamed El Ouali, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah) and contemporary poets (Samira Saleh, Mathieu Charles, members of The Post Collective) revisit, recite, and discuss these poems.
’the wasp and the weather’ (2019) is part of an ongoing study of the imaginary which holds together self-organized social practices (starting with the film ’Under These Words (Solidarity Athens 2016)’ 2017).
The premiere was on Sunday October 20th (20:30 – 22:00) and was followed by a conversation between the artist and M’Hamed El Ouali, Samira Saleh and Mathieu Charles, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah, Mirra Markhaeva, Elli Vassalou, Hooman Jalidi, Fatma Alomrani, and Muhned Bnana.
Photos from the Q&A at Nona by Daan Broos.
CATCALL ME AGAIN is a series of illustrations made by Markhaëva Mirra. It is an expression of disagreement and anger collected through years of sexual harassment endured by girls on the city streets and other contexts. Most of the time women undergo this unwanted attention from the men and do not respond, leaving the harassment unpunished and keeping negative feelings that are created by that. To express those feelings Mirra with help of her ODC comrades has come with several colorful, fun, and angry designs to put them on the streets in form of stickers and posters for everybody to see.
Mirra Markhaëva is a young visual artist born in 1992 in the little republic named Buryatia. The range of her skills includes illustration, graphic design, lettering, painting and sculpting, but mostly she’s passionate by creation of murals. She has started her studies in ESA 75 in Graphic Design department and succeeded her jury, but couldn’t be graduated due to the fact that she’s stuck in paperless status. Searching for the ways to educate herself anyways she joined Open Design Course and then continued with Post Collective.
Elli Vassalou (1983° Greece) is a Brussels-based multimedia artist, activist, researcher and performer. She has studied Architecture and Urbanism [M.Arch.] at the Patras School of Architecture – GR and Visual Arts [M.A.] , at Autonomous design department, KASK School of Arts, Ghent – BE. She designs and contributes in participatory platforms, actions and socially engaged projects focusing on public space, collective memory, feminist/decolonial pedagogies and the commons.
She works hybridicly with film-making, photography, movement, sound, discursive and multi-sensorial tools, site specific and archival art. She is seeking for new ways of polyphonic narrating, assembling bodies, spaces and objects in a critical and creative dialogue.
She moved to Belgium in 2015 and since then she is working on the project “Syntrofi”, a series of performative lunches about inclusion and exclusion in art & education. Currently she is active in the co-learning and co-creating platforms School of love, Sasé Istwé, Open Design Course for refugees and asylum seekers, Parallel Perceptions, Decolonize the art school research group and the Post Collective.
Marcus Bergner is an Australian artist based in Brussels. He is a member of the Australian sound poetry group Arf Arf who have mounted hundreds of performances in Australia and Europe between 1985 and 2015. He was awarded a PhD degree in art history in 2009 from Melbourne University. He has made over 25 experimental films that have been screened extensively worldwide and a selection of these films are distributed by Light Cone, Paris and the German Film Archives, Berlin. Recently with the Belgium artist, Myriam van Imschoot, he presented a series of workshops on sound poetry in art schools and institutions in Belgium, France and Portugal. His most recent solo performance was part of ‘The Autobiographical” at Performance aan de Laan in 2018 in Rotterdam. Due to his pending residence status when moving to Brussels he followed ODC2018.
Hooman Jalidi was born in 1990 in Iran. He comes from Shiraz city, the capital of culture and arts in his country. He began to study visual arts and music in 2004 during this period he devoted himself in drawing, painting, collage, illustration, pattern design, digital design, fabric manipulation and textile design. In 2015 he came to Belgium. He took part in Center Cultural Omar khayam (CCOK) with his paintings in the Royal Academy of fine art in Brussels and also in the project “Next generation please festival” in Bozar. He has presented work at the art book fair 2017 in WIELS, Brussels. He is also a member of Cinemaximiliaan and ODC2018.