Amaqhawekazi Emafini Malamlela
Amaqhawekazi Emafini Malamlela is a Ghanaian-South African multidisciplinary artist. They create artwork that provokes the standards of identity, sexuality and spirituality. Their work centres on getting to grips with what is “present”. They engage Space-Time through multidisciplinary art making. Kofi advocates for under-represented groups through their art. They founded Pyramidkofi: An art-house committed to collaborative art-making in Africa.
I CREATE WORK THAT SEEKS TO ARCHIVE BLACK TRANS EXPERIENCE. I USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMAGINE OUR LIVES IN ENVIRONMENTS THAT CENTRE OUR BODIES…
THOSE LIVING, THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AND THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN
Hamza Mohammed Beg
Hamza Mohammed Beg is a London-born Muslim artist, activist and researcher. Over the years his work has employed performance, sound design, video collage, digital design and poetry. Between performances in galleries and museums, bars and cafes; his artistic work and life traverses both high cultural institutions and highly localised artist run collectives. Hamza is a brown, able-bodied, male-conditioned, postcolonial body with roots in Pakistan, Mauritius, India, Britain and Germany. He is a mediocre but enthusiastic football player.
Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC)
Kin (Cultura Plasmic INC) is a multi-pseudonymous artist and essayist from Newcastle upon Tyne. Often working with moving image, sound, installation, digital technologies and sensors, she critiques the monopolising forces of big tech and the relationship between surveillance and communication technologies. Her work often draws upon ecological imagery and metaphor to explore power dynamics within the digital landscape.
Aileen Ye is an Irish-Chinese interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Dublin. Her work uses experimental 16mm techniques to highlight the ‘experimentality’ of entangled narratives and complex social structures within Asian diasporas, memories, and heritage. Central to her work is exploring micro and macro power infrastructures within cultural and design practices. Since starting in 2021, Ye’s work has been showcased in Rotterdam, Haarlem (NL), London (UK), Taipei (TW), New York (US) and Berlin (DE).
Hi I’m Ellis Lewis-Dragstra, 28 years old and full time freelance illustration artist, born and raised in North London. As a child I was one of the worst at drawing within my group of friends and truly felt drawing didn’t come naturally to me. But I was at the age where being “good” wasn’t the point, I just loved being able to create with no limitations. Looking back, the concept of art having no wrong answers probably appealed to me a lot since I often felt left behind in school due to my dyslexia.
A collector of skills, Estabrak is an award winning cross-disciplinary artist, film maker, facilitator and researcher committed to experimentation, inclusivity and a participatory arts practice. Named one of “five incredible underwater artists” by the BBC, her works often explore the intersections between human behaviour, water and our environments; centering racial, social, humanitarian and climate justice. Rooting lived experience, she focuses on themes of love, trauma and belonging, whilst inviting community engagement to navigate the ever evolving and ephemeral human condition.
Saverio Cantoni is a white, masculine-presenting cyborg, disabled artist based in Berlin. They build imagined accessible worlds, working with several media comprising sound, moving images, installation, and textiles. Their work is often activated by sharing foods or actively involving the audience. Lately, they is questioning the normative understanding of sensory information, working on sonic spaces that are not made to be just audible. Saverio’s work is informed by queer-theory and crip-theory, and their favorite subjects are social and environmental justice.
Andrew Luk is a Hong Kong artist who works across a range of media examining the intricacies of the human experience as well as the myths and histories associated with civilisation building. Investigating the creases between binaries such as culture and nature, human and non-human, and the personal and the collaborative, Luk’s sculptures and installations explore utopian desires of perfection and their dystopian repercussions. Although the works are diverse, the practice is united through an exploration of idealogical superstructures and their systems of expression — delicately tracing connections across disciplines, speculating on potential futures and revealing expressions of beauty, preservation and entropy.
My creative process is participatory, collaborative, and inclusive with a focus on disability, neurodiversity or history. It is also multidisciplinary, with materials and approach informed by the theme of the project. I have an interest in using digital technology creatively and finding new tools to create art.
violet/a marchenkova is an arts worker, filmmaker, writer and queer-feminist community organiser with Devil’s Dyke Network based in Brighton. They trained in Art History and Digital Documentary, and have a diaristic first person film practice. vi grew up between Post-Soviet Riga and Moscow’s landscapes in a Russian-speaking family; for the past 8 years they’ve been living in the UK.
Their work is influenced by Disability Arts Movement, Embodied Social Justice practices, and creativity and wisdom of the many friends=teachers. They’ve spent the past few years curating spaces for politicised creative expression.
…kruse is a neurodivergent, experimental artist and writer, whose practice includes drawing, text, storytelling and autoethnographical research. …kruse uses walking, short hikes and longer pilgrimages, to gather data and stories and explore her relationship with the Earth. She is interested in the connections between landscape, mythmaking, magic and science.
Mckenzie is a qualified integrated dance teacher, receiving training by Alito Alessi at the ImpulsTanz International festival in Vienna in 2010. In 2006 she joined Remix Dance Company. Since then she had produced exceptional work as a performer/ teacher in a wheelchair and has established herself as a well recognized figure within the performing arts community both nationally and internationally.
Artist Rebekah Ubuntu (pictured), commissioned performance at Tate Britain, image courtesy of Tate London
Rebekah Ubuntu is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and university lecturer. Their practice explores speculative fiction through electronic music, sound art, voice, performance, installation, text, songwriting and the moving image.
Siphenathi Mayekiso was born in Cape Town and grew up between the city and the rural areas of Eastern Cape. So far, he has presented his solo work called Blood Bath under the direction of the late Standard Bank Young Artist Themba Mbuli in South Africa and Germany.
Laura Lulika is a chronically sick and disabled queer artist, working predominantly with video, sound, writing and performance. Their practice explores themes of care, sexuality, labour, sickness and performativity in the everyday. Lulika’s work is inspired by that which is available to them when they spend long periods housebound, such as popular and digital culture as well as domestic spaces and local communities. They strive to work in interdependent formats which reflect the care needs of themselves and everyone they work with. Their practice involves the embodiment of unconventional care methods that are playful, inquisitive and which shed the layers of shame that are attached to othered bodies.
Linda Stupart is a South African artist, writer and educator based in Birmingham and is interested in objectification, abjection, science fiction and revenge. They work predominantly in performance; writing; film, video, and, sometimes, sculpture.
Seo Hye Lee
Somerset-based South Korean artist Seo Hye Lee uses the mediums of sound, illustration, and installation to experiment with new forms of narrative, creating playful pieces that challenge the idea of listening. Drawing inspiration from her hearing loss experience, Seo Hye aims to explore the boundaries between hearing and listening; regardless of your hearing skill, one can always listen in a variety of ways.
During May 2021, we worked with three international artists, including Vishal Kumaraswamy (India), Tzu Huan Lin (Taiwan) and Katarzyna Perlak (UK/Poland). Throughout May, artists had the opportunity to interact with one another, test and explore ideas, and engage with audiences through the site via postings and their work.
My practice engages moving image, performance, sound, installation and textiles and explores the intersection of politics and feelings, tackling perceptibly static subjects such as history, nationalism and power, through affect, desire and collective memory – informed by my own experience as a queer woman and immigrant to the UK from Eastern Europe. I am interested in the capacity of art to move us through our shared vulnerabilities and enable us to problematise how history is written and traditions represented.
Tzu Huan Lin
Tzu Huan Lin is a practising artist working primarily with moving image media, including short video, feature film, and animation. His work connects disparate stories to address subjects he experiences in the digital era. It draws upon a wide variety of sources, including mythology, historical events, science theory, pseudo-documentary, and abstract narrative works. Narrative play is central to his video work, acting as a guide through his work.
Vishal Kumaraswamy is an artist and filmmaker from Bangalore, India. He has an MA in Photography from Central Saint Martins, London. His works have been shown at The Venice Biennale’s Research Pavilion, Athens Digital Arts Festival, CCS Bard College, The Royal College of Art & Furtherfield. He has been an artist in residence with the US Consulate General Mumbai, Contemporary Calgary in Alberta and is currently a virtual resident at SAVAC’s ADA-DADA Residency Program in Toronto. A recipient of the inaugural Artists for Artists micro-grant, he is currently developing works for SITE Gallery in Sheffield, The Mozilla Foundation and Industra Art, Brno.
In November 2020, we worked with four artists from across the globe, including Angela Su (Hong Kong), Clifford Sage (UK), Damien Robinson (UK) and Jaene F. Castrillon (Canada). Work by artists can be seen in their studios and in the exhibition section of the site.
Angela Su’s works investigate the perception and imagery of the body, through metamorphosis, hybridity and transformation. Her research-based projects include drawing, video, performative and installation works that focus on the interrelations between our state of being and scientific technology. Central to these projects are video essays that weave together fiction and facts.
Clifford Sage is a CGI artist based in London. Often working with animation and virtual world building, Sage explores audio interaction and non-linear storylines through game engines. He has collaborated with many artists over the years, with recent projects including with Tuner, Somerset House Studios, London (2018), Club Adriatico, Ravenna, IT (2018) and LEV Festival, ES (2019).
Damien Robinson is a visual artist working with digital, analogue, and found media. She re-purposes found and donated materials, exploring and intermixing contemporary and historical technologies. Misusing processes (often through lack of access to learning mechanisms as a D/deaf artist), allows her to discover new processes and outcomes.
Jaene F. Castrillon
Jaene F. Castrillon is an interdisciplinary film-based artist residing in Toronto, Canada. Castrillion uses story-telling as an internal journey to explore issues concerning social justice, advocacy, poverty, marginalisation and equality. Shifting the paradigm to understanding that people like herself are part of the fabric of humanity.
For our first residency programme (Sept-Oct 2020), we collaborated with four UK artists, Seecum Cheung, Joey Holder, Daniel Locke, and Romily Alice Walden.
Seecum Cheung is an artist filmmaker with an activist and charity-based background, whose works are based upon an ongoing series of experimental interviews and encounters with specialists in the field of right-wing radicalism, human-rights refugee and activist groups, politicians, and affected citizens.
Daniel Locke is an artist and graphic novelist based in Brighton, UK. Since 2013 much of his work has been informed and shaped by the discoveries of contemporary science. He’s worked with Nobrow, Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust and The National Trust.
Joey Holder‘s work raises philosophical questions of our universe and things yet unknown, regarding the future of science, medicine, biology and human-machine interactions. Working with scientific and technical experts she makes immersive, multimedia installations that explore the limits of the human and how we experience non-human, natural and technological forms.
Romily Alice Walden
Romily Alice Walden is a transdisciplinary artist whose work centres a queer, disabled perspective on the fragility of the body. Their practice spans sculpture, installation, video, curation and printed matter, all of which is undertaken with a socially engaged and research-led working methodology.