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. http://hamlet5.wixsite.com/mirrart
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. www.evassalou.com
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. http://oralsite.be/pages/Clanguage
Sawsan Maher is a Syrian researcher, activist, philosopher and designer. She studied Philosophy and social science and specialised in political science . Her passion to find communicative tools to connect academic humanities and activism activated her great interest in design and methodology.
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.
Kinda Ghannoum was born in 1991 in Poland, she is a Syrian/Polish graphic designer coming from Damascus. She graduated from the faculty of Architecture in Damascus University. She worked as an Architect at the beginning of her career, and as a volunteer with many NGOs and startups in Syria. She participated in the second Startup Weekend in Damascus as a graphic designer and her team won the first prize. She found her passion in graphic design and decided to follow it and learned by herself. Knowing that she still have to learn a lot.
Iraqi. Current residence, based in Gent, Belgium. Studied graphic designs at Arteveldehogeschool. Drawing, painting, photography, animation, graphic work, performance. Mohammed’s work was presented to the larger public in the past year. In Kiosk, the gallery linked to Kask Ghent, he exhibited the animation “Liquid of life” with ODC (Open Design Course). This work was shown again in Thomas Moore, Mechelen, during “We can not work like this”, a project in collaboration with Contour. Together with the Post-ODC collective he participated in two sound poetry performances, among others in Kiosk. He worked on photography, painting, graphic and drawing on assignment, among others for Constant vzw, Association for Art and Media, based in Brussels. You can find other projects he worked on online, the images are clickable and show a whole spectrum of his artistic creative work. https://www.behance.net/tawfiqmoha58c3
Fatma Alomrani is an asylum seeker, human rights activist, writer and artist from Libya, born in 1990. She is a co-founder of a feminist organization called “Tamazight Women’s Movement”, she had worked on women rights, minorities and peacebuilding projects.
She started painting in a refugee centre, and participated in a painting exhibition in Gent, she experienced violence through her life. The writing and recently painting, were the way to express herself.
Muhned Bnana is a poet, short-story writer, linguist and a translator who worked and contributed to many printed and online magazines in Libya and North Africa. He writes mainly in Tamazight Language, Arabic, and English. He was a co-founder of many cultural and political movements in North Africa such as MCAN, Armat magazine, and Libu Party. Last but not least! a Refugee (his new identity…) in Belgium since 2018.