Mahammed Alimu is a 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 it 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.
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 about the creation of murals. She has started her studies in ESA 75 in the 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 ways to educate herself any way she joined Open Design Course and then continued with The 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 to 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 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 has mounted hundreds of performances in Australia and Europe between 1985 and 2015. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in art history in 2009 from Melbourne University.
Marcus has made over 25 experimental films that have been screened extensively worldwide and a selection of these films is 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 Open Design Course 2018.
Sawsan Maher is a Syrian researcher, activist, philosopher, and designer. She studied Philosophy and social science and specialized 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 to drawing, painting, collage, illustration, pattern design, digital design, fabric manipulation, and textile design. In 2015 he came to Belgium.
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 at 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 will start her master’s degree in Graphic design in Saint Lucas Antwerp in September 2020.
Mohamed Tawfiq. Iraqi artist based in Gent, Belgium. Studied graphic designs at Arteveldehogeschool. Drawing, painting, photography, animation, graphic work, and 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 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 here: Behance Portfolio
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’s rights, minorities, and peacebuilding projects. She started painting in a refugee centre, and participated in a painting exhibition in Gent, she experienced violence throughout her life. The writing and recently painting were the way to express herself.
Muhned Bnana is a poet, short-story writer, linguist, and 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.