Participating Artists

Her og der mentorprogram 2019


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emily robbins

Writer, U.S.

Emily Robbins is the author of the novel A Word for Love, which was inspired by her time as a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, where she studied with a women's mosque movement and lived with the family of a leading intellectual. Originally from the US, Emily has an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is now based in Norway, where she is at work on a second novel. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, GQ and on the Modern Love Podcast. In 2016, she was awarded a second Fulbright Fellowship in creative writing.

www.awordforlove.com


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amr tawfeek

Filmmaker, Egypt.

Amr Tawfeek is an Egyptian artist and filmmaker who based in Oslo after moving from his town Cairo. He studied in the Egyptian Academy of Art, Higher Institute of Cinema specialized in Directing/Cinematography/Script writing. He graduated in 2016, and since 2012 he joined the cinema working field in Egypt. Tawfeek knows how to deal with cinematography and to work with film production equipment.

Now he's writing his first short film, an Absurdist, surreal drama in Oslo and working with  actors and film crew for his upcoming short film.


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Muga / mike arpenteur

Artist, Belgium.

Muga (Fuseki) is a Belgian visual artist working with mural painting and installations mostly in the public space. He studied fine arts in Namur and Brussels. At first, strongly involved in urban art, his practice is influenced by graffiti and street culture.The last years his focus has shifted to classic painting.

His works can be seen in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Marseille where he lived for almost 10 years before settling in Norway from 2015.

https://www.instagram.com/muga_onair/



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Izabela zółcińska

Artist, Poland.

Izabela Żółcińska is a polish born artist based in Norway. She graduated at Fine Art Academy in Poznań in Poland. Zolcinska is interested in corporeality as a connection between organisms and inorganic matter. Particularly she interprets phenomena of fluids’ migration. She introduced the Capillary System as a visual language expressed in several realizations. Her interdisciplinary work explores sensory perception,  cognitive science, technology, anatomy, fluid mechanics, hydrology and architecture. Her projects take the form of: drawing, embroidery, sculpture, installation including installations in public space.  Recently she worked with land art installation and meeting with nature in 1:1 scale, refresh her philosophy working with term of public.

http://www.zolcinska.pl/en/


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YACHI SHIAN

Visual artist, Taiwan.

Shian-Yuan, Yachi (f. 1983, Taipei, Taiwan) lives and works in Oslo. Yachi is educated with a bachelor (BFA) degree from Taipei National University of the Arts and a master (MFA) degree from Tunghai University, Fine Art Department in Taiwan. Yachi have worked as an oriental ink painter professionally for about 10 years in her homeland. She explores the motifs especially in classical flower and bird painting from this tradition. Her work shows care toward grace and suffers through humanity with a meditative attitude facing both chaos and beauty nowadays.

She is a member of ACTU-Art Creator Taipei Union, Taiwan, freelancer of ARTCO magazine, Taipei, Taiwan and co-founder of Gallery 26, Oslo.

https://shian-yuan.com/


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RIC FRANCIS

Photojournalist, US

Originally from the U.S., Ric Francis is currently based in Oslo, Norway. A graduate of the City University of New York, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications - Media Studies, 1989. Ric studied painting before switching to photojournalism (under Media Studies) because of a need to more realistically document his awareness of our shared humanity. His editorial photographs have appeared in Le Nouvel Observateur (L’OBS), Jeune Afrique, The Guardian, IRIN News, The New York Times and NBC.News.com. Currently he is working on a project about diversity and gentrification in Tøyen.

http://www.ricfrancis.net/


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Araiz Mesanza

Araiz Mesanza (1983 Basque Country/Spain) is an artist and illustrator. She received her 5 years BFA from the Basque University of Art (Bilbao), and she holds a 3 years specialisation in illustration from the Art and design centre Escola Massana (Barcelona). She has worked as a freelance illustrator since 2009 and in 2011 she co-founded Ediciones Armadillo, an artist collective and publishing outlet releasing an annual collaborative illustration fanzine and other publications. Having relocated to Oslo in autumn of 2016 Mesanza has continued working as a independet illustrator and visual artist. Lately her personal projects has largely focused on exploring her relationship with her new surroundings, mainly around nature, through drawings, paintings and small installations.

http://araiz.tumblr.com/


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ANAS SALAMEH

Artist and animator, Syria

Anas Salameh is an Palestinian visual, animation and cartoon artist. He now lives in Norway and have been working on a number of exhibitions and works in public space in Norway and elsewhere. One of his most important work is a large serie of drawings and paintings from the everyday life in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus. The images have no colours and made with coffee and other everyday products. Salameh works mainly with painting and drawing, but also with installations and works in public space. A recent work is Fargelegg Ski with KORO.

 

Participating Artists Her og der program 2018 - 2019

 
 
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Lucia Cristerna Aragón

Lucia Cristerna Aragón is a visual artist who is influenced by her Mexican heritage and her current surroundings in Norway. She works primarily between the mediums of wall paintings, video projections, printmaking and drawing, in which she questions the boundaries between socio political matters and the intangible myths and beliefs across cultures. Her artwork goes from intimate etchings as visual poetry to large scale wall paintings in public spaces.

www.lucia-aragon.com




Izabela zółcińska

Izabela Żółcińska is a polish born artist based in Norway. She graduated at Fine Art Academy in Poznań in Poland. Zolcinska is interested in corporeality as a connection between organisms and inorganic matter. Particularly she interprets phenomena of fluids’ migration. She introduced the Capillary System as a visual language expressed in several realizations. Her interdisciplinary work explores sensory perception,  cognitive science, technology, anatomy, fluid mechanics, hydrology and architecture. Her projects take the form of: drawing, embroidery, sculpture, installation including installations in public space.  Recently she worked with land art installation and meeting with nature in 1:1 scale, refresh her philosophy working with term of public.

http://www.zolcinska.pl/en/







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itzel esquivel

Itzel Esquivel, recently based in Oslo and graduated at The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2017.  Esquivel’s works, created in different techniques, reflects about minorities, micropolitics and violence, specifically gender violence from her native context: Mexico City. The pieces derived from this reflection, point out to the contradictions between Official History and micro-narratives; and in some cases, her pieces work as a sort of measuring devices. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Portrait/Anti-portrait (Art Faculty at UNAM, ENPEG La Esmeralda, Mexico City, 2017), The Eleventh Edition of the Contemporary Art Biennial Puebla de los Ángeles (Puebla, Mexico, 2017), The Third Edition of the Contemporary Art Biennial CMUCH (Puebla, Mexico, 2017), The Tenth Edition of the Contemporary Art Biennial Puebla de los Ángeles (Puebla, Mexico, 2017), and she has been recently pre-selected to be part of Bienal Sur, Argentina 2019. Her work has been published in La Jornada and Didasko Magazine.

https://itzelesquivel.squarespace.com/


Araiz Mesanza

Araiz Mesanza (1983 Basque Country/Spain) is an artist and illustrator. She received her 5 years BFA from the Basque University of Art (Bilbao), and she holds a 3 years specialisation in illustration from the Art and design centre Escola Massana (Barcelona). She has worked as a freelance illustrator since 2009 and in 2011 she co-founded Ediciones Armadillo, an artist collective and publishing outlet releasing an annual collaborative illustration fanzine and other publications. Having relocated to Oslo in autumn of 2016 Mesanza has continued working as a independet illustrator and visual artist. Lately her personal projects has largely focused on exploring her relationship with her new surroundings, mainly around nature, through drawings, paintings and small installations.

http://araiz.tumblr.com/



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Anas Salameh

Anas Salameh is an Palestinian visual, animation and cartoon artist. He now lives in Norway and have been working on a number of exhibitions and works in public space in Norway and elsewhere. One of his most important work is a large serie of drawings and paintings from the everyday life in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus. The images have no colours and made with coffee and other everyday products. Salameh works mainly with painting and drawing, but also with installations and works in public space. A recent work is Fargelegg Ski with KORO.




jakub baloun

Jakub Baloun (b.1990, Czechoslovakia) is a visual artist based in Oslo. He has worked with photography since he was 10 years old and combines his great interest in car culture and travelling with exploring connections. It has led to a number of works, such as "Dear Life", where photographing a series of events on an intersection led to two years long investigation of relationships in the city of Oslo. At the moment he studies service design at Westerdals and currently works on a mobile art residency project where he wishes to send various artists on a journey to self realisation and inner peace.

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