Installation

Mireille Astore

Mireille Astore
Born in 1961, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Mireille Astore (Beirut, 1961) (Arabic: ميراي استور) is an artist and a writer. She left Beirut during the Lebanese civil war in 1975 to live in Melbourne, Australia. She studied the Sciences at the University of Melbourne where she graduated before becoming a full-time artist and writer. Influenced by Continental Philosophy, her art draws on autobiographical notions of representation and the unheimlich; where the conscious intersects with the unconscious. Through her art and her writing she "explores human emotions" and "asks what it is to be human".

Doris Bittar

Doris Bittar
Born in Iraq
Lives and works in USA

I am a multi-disciplinary artist who closely follows history and intertwines it with pattern and decorative structures. In part, my art tests a pattern's veracity to see if it may act as an identifying unit of culture, which I call cultural DNA.  Also, because the word “decorum” is related to the word ”decoration,” I wonder if decoration may be a code for behavior, for how a room should be organized to spur dialogue? Could pattern and decoration be animated into lattices or structures that guide and bridge?

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Dineo Seshee Bopape
Born 1981 in Polokwane, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa

Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981 on a Sunday. If she were Ghanaian, her name would be Akosua/Akos for short. In the year of her birth, the Brixton riots took place; two people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Durban shopping centre. Bobby Sands dies, MTV is launched, the Boeing 767 makes its first air flight, Umkhonto we Sizwe performs numerous underground assault operations against the apartheid state. There was an earthquake in China that killed maybe 50 people. Hosni Mubarak was elected president of Egypt, there was a coup d'etat in Ghana. Princess Diana of Britain married Charles.

Sanjeev Maharjan

Sanjeev Maharjan
Born in 1983, Kathmandu, Nepal
Lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal

Sanjeev Maharjan is a freelance visual artist based in Kathmandu. He was graduated from Kathmandu University Center for Art and Design in 2009. Since then he had participated in group exhibitions, several art wrokshops and art projects. Maharjan worked as artist in residency in Kathmandu Contemporary Art Center for six month and had a show with another fellow artist in residency Sunita Maharjan.

Nancy Atakan

Nancy Atakan
Born in USA
Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey

Born in the USA, the visual artist and art historian, Nancy Atakan, received her BA degree from Mary Washington College in 1968 before moving to Istanbul, Turkey, in 1969.  Since then, she has lived and worked in Istanbul, where she received her PhD in art history from Mimar Sinan University in 1994 and has taught at the Bosphorus University and Robert College. 

Sunita Maharjan

Sunita Maharjan
Born in Nepal
Lives and works in Nepal

Sunita Maharjan is a freelance visual artist and a member of "Re-fuzed”--a group of young artists. She recently completed her six months as an artist in residence at the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Center and had a joint show with a fellow artist in residence, Sanjeev Maharjan. In addition to painting, she has a passion in experimenting with other forms of art. In general, she is sensitive to forms created by and through lines, which become metaphors about her life.  She graduated from Kathmandu University Center for Art and Design in 2009. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art projects.

Babak Golkar

Babak Golkar
Born in USA
Currently lives and works in Vancouver

Born in the United States, raised in Tehran and having lived between Canada and the Middle East since 1996, Babak Golkar has developed bodies of work, which navigate and negotiate the space between cultural and socio-economical registers. His research-based art practice is centred on seemingly contradictory forms, shapes and material.

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