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Charlott Markus

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Charlott Markus
(Born in Sweden, works and lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)




Charlott Markus is a Swedish visual artist living and working in Amsterdam. After graduating from the Photography Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy her works has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Markus constructs still-lifes and arrangements that predominantly end up as photographic series and as site-specific spatial pieces. Markus is the recipient of the Proven Talent grant from The Mondriaan foundation in 2016 supporting her work for four years. The way Markus works is not only investigating space, color and form but an indirect investigation into relations and structures (often mixed with her own biography). Aside from being a visual artist Markus occasionally organizes events and curates exhibitions with themes close to her own artist practice.

Her solo shows includes "Markus&I" (Weekender Trailer Show, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, 2014), "Live at: Matter of Gradation" (Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, 2015), "Solitaire" (Probe Project Space, Suze May Sho, Amsterdam, 2017). Her works are also exhibited in the group shows including "Collective Thinking, For Freedoms" at Aperture Foundation, NY (2017), "Who are we again?" at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (2018).

Through the residency at AIT she will develop new ways of seeing and to make an in-depth acquaintance with history and symbolism within the fields of Japanese textiles, traditions and within the daily (art) life of a contemporary Japan.
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Residency: January 9 - April 4, 2018
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds
Event: AIT ARTIST TALK #75 "Indefinite ways of actual seeing"
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (18:30 Door open)
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room


Matter of Gradation #II, 2015, Felt, diverse textiles, drawing paper, calligraphy silk, video projection, wood / Installation
©Charlott Markus




Partition #3 (Markus&I), 2018, Oak wood, ink print, silk thread, various textiles,
©Charlott Markus




Partition #4 (apparition), 2018, 30 secondhand lace curtains, 2 self-made textile pieces, aluminium tubes, cotton wire
©Charlott Markus




Solitaire, 2017, Wood, paint, textile, plastic, LEE filters / Installation - photography
©Charlott Markus



2019-1- 9

Stacey Hunter

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Stacey Hunter
(b.1979 in Scotland, lives and works in Edinburgh)




Stacey Hunter is a British curator and producer based in Scotland. Her expertise lies in developing programmes to promote design locally and internationally through exhibitions, events, symposia and cultural projects. In 2007 she co-programmed and delivered "The Six Cities Design Festival", a "£3M national festival of design" in Scotland. Her doctoral thesis in architecture is the first major review of Scotland's emergent New Urbanism (University of Edinburgh, 2015).
In 2015 she founded Local Heroes, a curatorial agency - based in Edinburgh - that connects audiences with exceptional Scottish design. Local Heroes is an ongoing cultural project promoting and supporting design culture in Scotland and abroad through exhibitions and events providing unique opportunities for people to appreciate Scotland's contemporary design landscape. In August 2016 Local Heroes produced a major exhibition of newly commissioned Scottish design souvenirs at Edinburgh Airport. A key part of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Local Heroes presented contemporary design to a global audience spanning 120 different locations and three continents. In 2018 Local Heroes curated and produced a major exhibition called "Made in Glasgow" by Local Heroes which brought together the city's leading designers to coincide with the hosting of the Berlin / Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Her interest in this residency stems from a preoccupation with the souvenir as an object and the cultures and rituals of gift-giving - something Japan in particular has a rich and nuanced history of. What interests her most about Japan is its distinctive culture and how designers there, and design curators, communicate key aspects of that culture through the design of objects. Broadly, she would also hope to achieve an enhanced knowledge and understanding of design processes within Japanese ceramics.
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Residency: January 9, 2019 - March 5, 2019
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
Event: Scotland - Japan / Curator Talk by Stacey Hunter
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 / 14:30 - 16:30 (14:00 Door open)
Venue: 2016/ SHOP (Arita, Saga)


Installation shot from "Local Heroes" at Edinburgh Airport, 2016, Photo by Ross Fraser McLean



Exhibition "Made in Glasgow", 2018, Photo by Christina Kernohan



Design & Personal Identity exhibition at Edinburgh City Art Centre, 2018



Article on Contemporary Clay on "The Skinny", April issue, 2018
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2019-1- 9

Florence Dwyer

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Florence Dwyer
(b.1992 in London, lives and works in Glasgow)




Florence Dwyer is an artist who currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland where she graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Dwyer's practice has previously been informed by research into the politics behind the process of building, making and inhabiting and predominantly takes the form of ceramics, textile pieces or furniture. Dwyer is particularly interested in the design of domestic settings and different models of living and my work predominantly takes the form of ceramics, textile pieces or furniture, and researching the history of the people, especially in relation to craft, industry and labour practices and thinking about political relevance of this in relation to everyday life, in particularly the domestic realm. This has previously involved working rigorously with archives and within factories themselves to explore lesser known stories from the ground up. The work then usually manifests through drawing connections with materials which feel relevant to the project, investigating their origins and reacting to their properties.
Her artworks have been previously shown at the numerous exhibitions such as "I remain Yours" (The Tenement House, Glasgow, 2018), "Village College" (The Lighthouse Glasgow, 2018), "Reel Meal" (David Dale Gallery Garden, 2017). Dwyer is a recipient of the following major awards; Inches Carr Craft Award (2018) and Glasgow Life Visual Arts and Crafts Mentoring Award. (2017-18)

For the first part of the residency Dwyer will look in to the design and social impact of Nagaya, row houses created in the Edo period as living spaces for the common class. Residents within the same building lived in close proximity to each other, creating a sense of community at a time of high density population growth in the capital, to think about how craft is ingrained in these domestic spaces and how the cooperation mentality of the present day Japanese society may have stemmed from these living conditions in the Edo period. In Arita, she will interview potters who work in different production sites, explore the workers relation to ceramics outside of the factory/studio realm.
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Residency: January 9, 2019 - March 19, 2019
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018



Detail of I Remain Yours, objects collected, donated and borrowed from Eliz Murphy, Annette Rauf,
Jane Sutherland and Margaret Watt, 2018
Photograph by Malcolm Cochrane
©Florence Dwyer




I Remain Yours, objects collected, donated and borrowed from Eliz Murphy, Annette Rauf,
Jane Sutherland and Margaret Watt, 2018
Photograph by Malcolm Cochrane
©Florence Dwyer




Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2016
Works made in collaboration with Simon Worthington and Katie Schwab
Photograph by Max Slaven
©Florence Dwyer




Home-ware, Tufted Rug, 2018
Photograph by Malcolm Cochrane
©Florence Dwyer



2019-1- 9

Ylva Carlgren

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Ylva Carlgren
(b.1984 in Luleå. Lives and works in Stockholm)




Ylva Carlgren works with non-figurative watercolor painting. The work is experimental and systematic. Through a meticulous and controlled layering technique, fields of color are gradually charged with light, manipulating the perceptual field. The work is an exploration of the limitations of her medium. It is a process of perfection where the artist's practice becomes and end in and of itself. Relinquishing any and all mimetic pretension, Carlgren creates a reduced visual language characterized by presence and stillness.

Carlgren holds an MFA from Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the recipient of grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows such as "300 Layers" (solo exhibition at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018), "The Shadows' call" (solo exhibition at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016), and "In Light of Absence". (duo exhibition at Market art fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017)

Website: Ylva Carlgren



Stay: September 18 - December 15, 2018
Co-organized by IASPIS



Black square on grey (watercolor on paper, 50 x 50cm, 2017)


White square on black (watercolor on paper, 50 x 50cm, 2018)


In light of absence (6) (watercolour on paper, 73 x 53cm, 2016)


Installation view (Galleri Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, 2018)

2018-9- 3

Esther Vossen

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Esther Vossen(Born in & Lives in the Netherlands)



Esther Vossen is director and curator at Het Vijfde Seizoen, an artist residency in the mental health institute Altrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands). At Altrecht she is as well art consultant and responsible for the art collection. At the Fifth Season she had developed a training programme for psychiatrist (in training) and art students. She regularly lectures and give workshops about art and psychiatry. She is curator of exhibitions that presents the works made at The Fifth Season.

Vossen is board member at the Association of Corporate Art Collections Netherlands and external art advisor for the Province of Brabant. She studied Journalism and worked as a program maker for a Dutch national broadcast company. Hereafter she studied at the art academy Amsterdam and art history at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1998 she was project manager and curator at several international arts institutes, like de Appel Arts Centre, de Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and the Dutch national museum of The Mind, Het Dolhuys.


http://www.vijfde-seizoen.nl/en/



Residency: August 24, 2018 - September 5, 2018
Supported by: The Nippon Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tokyo
Lecture :実践1 - 森の中の柔らかな協働:精神科医療施設とアートの関わり -
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 13:00-15:00
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Workshop: 実践2 - 子どもとアーティストのワークショップ・ファシリテーション -
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018 13:00-16:00
Venue: Daikanyama ※Sold out

2018-8-25

Wilco Tuinebreijer

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Wilco Tuinebreijer(Born in & Lives in the Netherlands)



Wilco Tuinebreijer studie medicine and psychiatry in Amsterdam.He works as a psychiatrist and medical director at the public mental health department at the GGD, Amsterdam.During his career he is involved in projects where culture and psychiatry meet. He published, lectures and teaches on both, university of medicine and art schools. He founded a foundation called Beautiful Distress;
Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.
Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition.


http://www.vijfde-seizoen.nl/en/
http://theartofimpact.nl/projecten/beautiful-distress-kunstmanifestatie/



Residency: August 20, 2018 - September 3, 2018
Supported by: The Nippon Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tokyo
Lecture :実践1 - 森の中の柔らかな協働:精神科医療施設とアートの関わり -
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 13:00-15:00 ※Sold out
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Workshop: 実践2 - 子どもとアーティストのワークショップ・ファシリテーション -
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018 13:00-16:00
Venue: Daikanyama ※Sold out

2018-8-20

"Tokyo A La Carte −The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years"

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Commemorating 10 years of the residency programme
"Tokyo A La Carte
−The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years
"

August 24th, Friday - September 1st, Saturday, 2018 *Closed on August 26th and 27th
TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery (Roppongi)

A La Carte
(Exhibition image visual)
Photo: Miti Ruangkritya (2017 resident artist, Thailand)
Design: Yasutaka Fukuoka

 

Press Release Japanese: Download(PDF / 3.6MB)/English: Download(PDF / 3.2MB)




 

− Visioning Tokyo by 20 Artists for the past 10 years

The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo is pleased to announce the coming exhibition, "Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The BAR) Memories of 10 years" from August 24th to September 1st at three venues, TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery in the complex665 building centrally located in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Since 2007, The Backers Foundation and Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) have been collaborating on the Artist-in-Residence Programme (The BAR) and invited a total of 20 emerging artists from 15 countries across Americas, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia to support their artistic research and production in Japan.
The key characteristic of The BAR is that it is collaboratively organized between members of The Backers Foundation, business experts, and AIT, a non-profit organization specialized in contemporary art. With support from art galleries in Tokyo, the programme created opportunities for each of the artists to present new works produced during their stay along with previous works. The works have been partially collected by The Backers Foundation.
In its 12th year, to commemorate the completion of the programme, the exhibition "Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years" showcases various works by 20 artists in multiple venues and with generous support from TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY, ShugoArts and Taka Ishii Gallery.

Through their works and artistic viewpoints, The BAR has learned about the complex histories of the artists' countries and the various trajectories that extend to the current state in today's diverse landscapes where these artists live and work. Originally from Afghanistan, Khadim Ali came to Japan in 2007 from the Hazara ethnic group who are native to Central Asia. His home country remains in a state of tension and the landscape of Bamiyan Valley remains as testimony to the tragic destruction of the two standing Buddha statues. Duto Hardono and Syagini Ratnawulan came over from Indonesia in 2011, after the disastrous earthquakes and the aftermaths from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, in response to the situation with their own memory from the earthquakes Indonesia previously suffered. A Guatemalan artist Alberto Rodríguez Collía from 2013 and a Kenyan artist Gor Soudan from 2014, both have undergone oppression and struggles in their artistic expressions and they joined the programme to pursue a sense of freedom in order to expand their passion towards research activities back in their countries. In 2016, Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar from Sri Lanka took her very first journey outside of her country. She has had an extraordinary life experience in which she lost her mother during the civil war that continued until 2009 in her hometown, Jaffna.

These artists all lived and witnessed history being made and their artistic interpretations through unique experiences in Japanese society and interactions here were interwoven into their art production. Exhibiting these artworks and their practices widely again today will uncover diverse realities that are globally shared today.

Utilizing the space of three galleries, the exhibition embodies and observes through three keywords: "Urban Space" (TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY), "Inhabitants" (ShugoArts) and "Imaginative Memory" (Taka Ishii Gallery), while each artwork from the different years come together in a space where cultural dialogues and its fruition in the current landscape of Tokyo through their eyes will be evoked.
We hope you enjoy a la carte of Tokyo served by 20 artists at the exhibition.
On this occasion, the exhibition is also offering guided tours and a small and limitedly published catalogue, comprising installation views from the past residency exhibitions and comments expressed by the people involved.



[ Exhibition Overview ]
"Tokyo A La Carte -The Backers Foundation and AIT Residence Programme (The Bar) Memories of 10 years"
Date: August 24th, Friday - September 1st, Saturday, 2018 *Closed on August 26th and 27th
Venues: TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery
6-5-24, complex665 2F/3F, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation
Collaborated by TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY / ShugoArts / Taka Ishii Gallery
Supported by Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan / Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Japan

Opening reception: August 24th, Friday, 18:00 - 20:00
Guided Tour: August 25th, Saturday, 15:00 - 16:00 and 31st, Friday, 16:00 - 17:00
*Free Admission / No booking required / Please meet at the entrance on the 2nd floor.




About the Backers Foundation
The Backers Foundation is a private group of patrons from the business world who first joined together in 1994 to provide support for the Japan Animal Welfare Society. Since then, the 64 members have funded a variety of organisations. They also participate in self-organised committees set up for a wide range of projects to which they volunteer their personal time under the motto of enjoying the good things.




Participating Artists

TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY (2F) − Urban Space

Thiago Rocha Pitta (b.1980 Brazil)
Allegra Pacheco (b.1986 Costa Rica)
Pradeep Mishra (b.1977 India)
Rattana Vandy (b.1980 Cambodia)
Kanitha Tith (b.1987 Cambodia)
Miti Ruangkritya (b.1981 Thailand)


Left: Rattana Vandy Shadow in the Dark, 2015, Wood, nails, text, 92.5 x 182.5 x 5.5cm *2
Center: Pradeep Mishra Installation view from warmth of togetherness, 2010, Oil paint, canvas, 45.5 x 53cm /each *1
Right: Allegra Pacheco Installation view from Untitled, 2013, Ink on paper, 72.5 x 53cm *1
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima



ShugoArts (2F) − Inhabitants

Khadim Ali (b.1978 Afganistan)
Erika Verzutti (b.1971 Brazil)
Alberto Rodríguez Collía (b.1985 Guatemala)
Albert Samreth (b.1987 U.S.A.)
Krishnapriya Tharmakrishnar (b.1987 Sri Lanka)
Chaw Ei Thein (b.1969 Myanmar)


Left: Khadim Ali KOISANKA, 2007, DVD data *1
Center: Albert Samreth Perfect Strangers (Sou-Sou), 2014, Pigment on Sou-Sou Graphic Canvas, 91 x 73 cm *2
Right: Alberto Rodríguez Collía Non-place, 2013, 32 x 38cm/each, Drypoint, paper *Reference image *2
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima



Taka Ishii Gallery (3F) − Imaginative Memory

Mary-Elizabeth Yarbrough (b.1974 U.S.A.)
Donna Ong (b.1978 Singapore)
Florencia Rodríguez Giles (b.1978 Argentina)
Minam Apang (b.1980 India)
Syagini Ratnawulan (b.1979 Indonesia)
Duto Hardono (b.1985 Indonesia)
Gor Soudan (b.1983 Kenya)
Sarah Abu Abdallah (b.1990 Saudi Arabia)


Left: Syagini Ratnawulan Family portrait, 2011, 77 x 57cm, Technical pen drawing on paper *1
Center: Gor Soudan minimal tension 1/6, 2014, 36 x 36cm, Protest wire *2
Right: Duto Hardono Memory Spy (detail), 2011, Dimensions variable, Blank cassette tapes *2
*1 Photo by Keizo Kioku | *2 Photo by Yukiko Koshima


2018-7-12

Christoph Liedtke

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Christoph Liedtke
(b. 1985 in Saalfeld, lives and works in Halle, Germany)



In 2010 Christoph Liedtke finished an apprenticeship for wood sculpture and studied at the university of art and design Burg Giebichenstein until 2016. Since then he works as a painter, sculptor, poet and sound-performer. Since 2018 he is an original member of the artcollective Rhizom Halle-Leipzig and organizes several art events. He currently publishes a volume of poetry entitled "Symmetrie der Risse" (the symmetry of cracks) and works on an illustrated book together with mentally challenged people.
The artwork of Liedtke's is about the capability and possibility of humans perceiving reality as something beautiful, undefined, and undetermined. The central leitmotif of his artwork is an ontoligical questioning of what we perceive as form. This leads towards a relativization of the phenomenon and concept from which arises the subversive force of art.

He exhibited at numerous exhibitions, such as "2018 Talents" (Munich, 2017), "Graded Present" (Burg Gallery, Halle, 2017), New Aspects of Landscape Painting, (art-price Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen, 2016), "Home in the Foreign" (Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Halle, 2015)

Christoph Liedtke
Rhizom Halle-Leipzig






Residency: May 2 - June 30, 2018
Supported by ザクセン=アンハルト州芸術財団


Winterlandschaft (Winter landscape), Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, 2014



Landschaft (Landscape), Acrylic and oil on canvas, 210 x 190 cm, 2016



"Graded Present" exhibition view, Burg Gallery, Halle (Saale), 2017



"Home in the Foreign" exhibition view, Art Foundation Saxony-Anhalt, Halle (Saale), 2015


2018-5- 2

Natalia Valencia

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Natalia Valencia
(b. 1984, Bogotá, Columbia, lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)




Natalia Valencia is an independent curator based in Mexico City. She has collaborated with institutions such as Museo de Arte Moderno MAMM in Medellín, L'appartement 22 in Rabat, CAPC Museum in Bordeaux, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museo Quinta de Bolívar in Bogotá, Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala. She is a former editor of Terremoto Magazine in Mexico and she worked as fellow researcher of Latin American art at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2013.





Residency: January 22 - March 5, 2018
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: RADIO RABATOKYO Live Streaming
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 / 18:30 - 19:30 (17:30 Door open)
Venue: SodaCCO


Installation view, "Los Multinaturalistas", Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, 2017, curated by Natalia Valencia



Installation view "Serpientes, Aurora Pellizzi", L' appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 2016, curated by Natalia Valencia



Terremoto #8 "La Vida Eterna", Mexico City, 2016, edited by Natalia Valencia


2018-1-23

Sara Ouhaddou

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Sara Ouhaddou
(b. 1986 in Paris, lives and works in Paris, France)




Born in France in a traditional Moroccan family and graduated from the École Olivier De Serres in Paris. Sara Ouhaddou's dual culture informs her practice as a continuous cultural and anthropological dialogue, questioning the transformations of her heritage. Ouhaddou strikes a balance between traditional Moroccan art forms and the conventions of contemporary art, aiming to place artistic creation's in forgotten cultural continuities into new perspectives.

She has exhibited at numerous group exhibitions extensively and art festivals such as "Islamic Art festival" (Sharja Art Museum, Sharjah, 2017), "Crafts Becomes Modern!", (Bauhaus Dessau Fondation, Germany, 2017), "Lettres ouvertes" (Institut des Cultures d'Islam, France, 2017-18), "Marrakech Biennale" (Morocco, 2016). Solo exhibitions include, "IMPRESSION//IMPRESSION" (Morocco, 2017) and "Wasalnalilio/On en set arrive là" (Polaris Gallery, France, 2017).

The award received include Arab Fund for Art and Culture grant and One Percent contemporary art NYC, Little Syria project. She has taken part in artist-residencies at L'appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, Edge Of Arabia ISCP residency, New-York (2015) among others.

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Residency: January 15, 2018 - March 12, 2018
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: RADIO RABATOKYO Live Streaming
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 / 18:30 - 19:30 (17:30 Door open)
Venue: SodaCCO


Stained glass Installation, 2017 / Photo by Marc Domage



Stained glass Installation, 2017 / Photo by Marc Domage



Ourika Road, White Clay, 2016 / Photo by Marwen Farhat


Green Titaween, Silk embroidery, 2013 / Photo by Rebecca Fanuele


Wassalna Lilo, woven cotton, Tanger, 2016 / Photo by Sara Ouhaddou

2018-1-23