http://www.tarekatoui.com / www.myspace.com/tarekatoui
Born in 1981
Tarek Atoui studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Atoui is an electro-acoustic musician who initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, events, concerts and workshops in Europe and the Middle East. He builds new software for each project he works on and specializes in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education. Much of Atoui’s work references social and political realities such as his pioneering youth workshop, Empty Cans, that he presented in France, Holland, Lebanon, Egypt, and New York, as part of his Museum as Hub residency at the New Museum.
He took part in contemporary art events and festivals such as the Today’s Art Festival (the Hague), The Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates) the New Museum (New-York), La Maison Rouge (Paris), Mediacity (Seoul).
News > Currently in residency at the Sharjah Art Foundation (United Arab Emirates)
Born in 1974. Lives in Istanbul, Turkey
Represented by Akinci gallery, Amsterdam / http://www.akinci.nl
Cevdet Erek holds a BA in architecture, a MA in sound and a PhD from ITU MIAM, Center for Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul.
He composes and re-composes works that capture and reformulate spaces and situations. His works, which take the form of videos, time-based installations and performance, employ sounds, beats, borrowed and constructed architectural elements, graphic illustrations as well as readymade forms. He has exhibited at the 9th Istanbul Biennial, Platform Garanti (Istanbul), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Arter (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York) among others. Erek collaborates with architects, directors, choreographers, authors and is also the co-founder of the avant-garde rock act Nekropsi.
News > 11 February – 17 April : “Out of Place”, collective show at Tate Modern’s Level 2 Gallery, curated by Kasia Redzisz and Ala Younis.
Born in 1981. Lives in Tangier, Marroco, and Dijon, France
Graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Dijon, Mohssin Harraki is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores cultural constructions, consequences of post colonialism and collective imaginations. Paying particular attention to foreign cultural landmarks and social practices, Harraki produced his first video works in the form of interviews with colleague artists debating political everyday issues that have no direct association to art practice. Harraki showed his work in a solo exhibition at Lavomatic in Saint-Ouen in Paris in 2009, as well as in exhibitions and festivals in Amman, Cairo and Berlin.
News > 4 – 8 May 2011: Panorama of Maghreb’s cinemas, Saint-Denis (France).
Born in 1972. Lives in Cairo, Egypt
Working mainly through the mediums of photography and video, Maamoun often starts from generic visual representations of Cairo to explore how these intersect with and are negotiated by personal experiences. Maamoun’s work has been shown in biennials and exhibitions including:
“Mapping Subjectivity: Experimental Cinema in The Arab World”, MoMA (2010); “Live Cinema”, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2010); “Ground Floor America”, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, DK (2010); “Homeworks 5”, Beirut (2010), Past of the“Coming Days”, Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009); “PhotoCairo 4”, Contemporary Image Collective – CiC (2008); “Global Cities”, Tate Modern (2007), “C on Cities”, 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2006).
Born in 1974. Lives in Paris and Antwerp
Represented by Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam / http://www.lumentravo.nl
Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile- Ife, Nigeria and then, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. She was at the residency program at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
She recently participated to “Sentences on the banks and other activities” curated by Abdellah Karroum at Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan (2011) and to “Animism, A collaboration between Extra City Kunsthal and M HKA”, Museun van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, Belgium (2010). She was also part of “Diagonal Views”, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2009), “Re/presentaciones: ellas”, Casa Africa, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (2008), “Flow”, Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2008).
News > Currently in residency at the Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, Germany.
Born 1954. Lives in Damascus, Syria
Mohammed Ossama is a director. He studied film at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. His films are concerned with power structures and the effects of these on individual identity. As the smallest organisational structure of the state, the family group propagates social order and thereby maintains its norms and values. In 1980, upon his return to Syria, Mohammed directed a short documentary for the General Organization of Cinema titled Al Yawm Kol Yawm (Today Everyday). His first fiction feature (Stars in Broad Daylight, 1988) (Nujum Al Nahar) has never been permitted to be publicly screened in Syria, although it was selected for viewing at the Cannes Film Festival Quinzaine des Realisateurs and won a the Golden Olive at the Valencia Festival in the same year. Step by Step was shown at the 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009), at the FRAC Lorraine (2010), at the Independent Arab Film Festival in Cairo (2010) and transmediale.11 (2011).
Born in 1928 – died 2008. Lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt
Hassan Soliman graduated from Cairo’s School of Fine Arts in 1951. Soliman’s career spanned almost 60 years. He also wrote on art and literature, founded and worked as a graphic designer on many avant-garde publications, taught at the Open University and the Cinema Institute. He contributed to Egypt’s cultural life in the 60s and 70s through his polemics on the role of art and the artist in society. Upon graduating from the School of Fine Arts, Soliman moved to Luxor in 1952-53, where he worked as painter in residence at the Luxor Atelier. In the early 1960s Soliman went to Italy to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s he joined the writer Ehia Haqqi in producing the monthly cultural review Al-Majalah, in which he worked as layout editor and art critic. He was graphic designer for many avant-garde publications, including Al-Katiband Gallery 68.