Artist Pilots - We Coach, You Grow

Artist Pilots - We Coach, You Grow The project supports artists, cultural and media workers who have left or are being forced to leave their countries of origin because they feel threatened or cannot pursue their professional activity on account of a current political situation

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Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Yara MekaweiYara Mekawei is an Egyptian sound artist and scholar based in Berlin since 2021. ...

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Yara Mekawei

Yara Mekawei is an Egyptian sound artist and scholar based in Berlin since 2021. Yara draws inspiration from the dynamic flow of urban centres and the key infrastructure of cities to create her sonic bricolages. Her research-based artistic practice raises questions about how to intimately connect ideologies of the mythic past with the developed technology of the eternal present.

With the idea of sound being an essential tool of “vision”, an idea central in her recently published in the Arabic language first book, There Are Sounds of the Moving Images, Yara Mekawei explores ways to implement optical transactions from musical conversations, by transferring sound waves to visual forms. She approaches the composition process inspired and informed by ideas from the domains of philosophy, architecture, and social science to shape conceptual messages for the audience. Using such ideas, Yara builds her body of work in a way that generates a continuity, where each art piece is linked to and follows the next. Moreover, her work is informed by her identity and investigate her position of being a woman in an East African society.

Since 2011, Yara Mekawei’s work has been shown and performed internationally in places such as SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin, 2021), SHUBBAK Festival (London, 2021), Rote Fabrik (Zürich, 2019), MEMPHIS Gallery (Linz, 2019), Halle14 (Leipzig, 2019), Dakar Biennial (Dakar, 2018), Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival (Johannesburg, 2018), Cairotronica festival (2018), Lagos Biennial (Lagos, 2017), and Biennale méditerranéenne dʼart contemporain dʼOran (Oran, 2014), among others.

In 2018, Yara founded Radio SUBMARINE, dedicated to broadcast the diversity of music from the African continent.

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Helena Ospina LizarraldeHelena Ospina Lizarralde is a multi-disciplinary Colombian artist who...

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Helena Ospina Lizarralde

Helena Ospina Lizarralde is a multi-disciplinary Colombian artist whose
work ranges from ceramics, weaving, and video to performance and
installation. It stands in the intersection of art and philosophy and
explores the interrelationship between the natural world and human

Through her artistic practice, Helena is interested in generating
questions that depart from personal inquiries and subsequently create a
space to trigger the spectators’ own explorations.
In her current ongoing research, she addresses the fundamental notion of
time by reflecting upon possible relationships with it and the way human
existence has been determined by a social understanding of the concept.

In 2021, Helena took part in the GlogauAIR Residency Berlin where she
developed a participatory artwork in the city’s public space - “Why are
we here Project”- a continuing initiative that has so far received 500
email answers.
Realising that there are scarce opportunities to support conceptual art
projects in her home country, in in the same year, Helena Ospina
Lizarralde decided to move from Bogotá, Colombia, to Berlin, Germany to
pursue her profession as an artist. Her decision to move to Europe was
also motivated by the desire to deepen her artistic research in relation
to philosophy.

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Gülşah MursaloğluGülşah Mursaloğlu is a visual artist working with installation. Her body of ...

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Gülşah Mursaloğlu

Gülşah Mursaloğlu is a visual artist working with installation. Her body of work is research-based and is centred around notions of materiality, matter’s agency, and human and non-human temporalities. Through her installations of ephemeral nature, Gülşah is interested in creating dynamic and fluid systems. Her recent projects investigate the shift in potato temporalities in the past centuries, terrestrial sequences, and the ways in which humans voluntarily and involuntarily eat/devour/consume the earth.

Gülşah Mursaloğlu has exhibited her work internationally including at “Hosting Bodies”, Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey (2021); “Once Upon a Time Inconceivable”, Protocinema, Istanbul, Turkey (2021); “3rd Industrial Art Biennial”, Labin, Croatia (2020); “Material Play”, Salisbury University Galleries, Salisbury, USA (2019); “YFD 10: One Must Continue” Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2019); “A Notation, for Every Crossing”, poşe, Istanbul, Turkey (2019); “An Internal Garden”, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey (2018); “Artificial Life”, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, USA (2018).

Some of the recent artist residencies Gülşah participated in are SAHA Studio, Istanbul, Turkey (2020); [email protected], Oisterwijk, Netherlands (2019); Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme, Istanbul, Turkey (2018-19), and Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, USA (2016).

Gülşah Mursaloğlu holds a BA in Sociology from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“I moved to Berlin in 2021 to broaden my artistic interests and seek new creative opportunities in an international environment. Considering the deteriorating economic and political circumstances in Turkey, it was proving more and more difficult to tackle the financial precarity as a creative practitioner there. Now, I am hoping to develop my artistic practice in a more sustainable manner and to form new collaborations in the vibrant art scene that Berlin offers”.

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Cristina Negucioiu𝘐𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩, 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘗𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘴 2022 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘴. 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘯𝘰...

Artist Pilots Mentee 2022: Cristina Negucioiu

𝘐𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩, 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘗𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘴 2022 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘴. 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳.

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘊𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘕𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘪𝘶.

Cristina Negucioiu is a Romanian actor, performer, and dancer who is a PerShe graduated from the Caragiale National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest in 2018. Cristina has participated in several state and independent theatre productions in Romania, before shifting her focus towards an interdisciplinary and conceptual movement-based artistic practice.
In her work, recurrent topics of ontology, identity, time and space, body politics, and the position of the individual within a universal context are explored through perspectives drawn from the fields of spirituality, science, science-fiction, mythology, club culture, and queer theory.

Cristina’s creative interest lies in generating performative material with the characteristics of an urban ritual proposing to connect the contemporary individual with the power of ancient knowledge which has been altered or lost owning to the workings of patriarchal, colonialist, and imperialist systems.

“ In 2020, I moved to Berlin to pursue an experimental, process-oriented, and research-based approach to my performance practice. In the Romanian cultural scene, there is no space, nor financial means to encourage such artistic explorations. The socio-economic, political, and cultural spheres in Romania are still haunted by the country’s socialist past and the detrimental elements it brought to the society: corruption, precarity, and an overall sense of helplessness persist. Among Berlin’s artistic communities, I found values that I identify as core to help me engage in the creative process, such as presence, vulnerability, honesty, curiosity, and playfulness.”

Cristina Negucioiu on Social Media:

From the concept to the project proposalDate: 14. April 2022Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMLocation: OnlineAre you wondering how...

From the concept to the project proposal

Date: 14. April 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Online

Are you wondering how to approach the writing for a grant application? Do you want to learn how to proceed with it step by step? During this online information session, an expert from the Cultural Funding Consulting Service of the association Kreativ Kultur Berlin will answer your questions about submitting a cultural or artistic project application. In a keynote speech, our guest Ann-Kathrin Rudorf will introduce the topic and guide you through the process, from the idea to the project application’s submission, on the basis of two examples. She will then answer your questions.

* Ann-Kathrin Rudorf *

Since 2021, Ann-Kathrin Rudorf has been part of the advisors’ team for cultural funding at Kreativ Kultur Berlin. The future of the independent sector, the promotion of young artists, as well as the critical evaluation of working and production conditions are core concerns for the freelance curator, art mediator, and art manager. Already during her art studies, Rudorf advised her fellow students on questions of cultural funding. Ann-Kathrin Rudorf was responsible for the International Studio Program of the city of Weimar. Moreover, she worked for the gallery EIGEN+ART in Berlin, and got well acquainted with the surrounding area of Berlin by managing the municipal gallery of the city of Bernau.

* Kreativ Kultur Berlin *

Kreativ Kultur Berlin is the first point of contact for cultural and creative professionals in the capital who have questions about project financing, cultural funding, professionalisation and self-employment, or who are planning a start-up project. Kreativ Kultur Berlin’s experienced consultants inform, advise and liaise across all sectors and industries – from artists to start-ups. Their services are competent, unbureaucratic and free of charge.

For registration and queries:
[email protected]


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