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 (production of Saudi-Arabia society for culture and arts) – 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.
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 existence.
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.
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.
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.
Artist Pilots invites newly arrived in Berlin artists, as well as media and culture workers of all ages and from all disciplines to apply for a ten-month mentorship. The project is intended to support creative professionals who have left their countries of origin because they could not pursue their professional activities on account of current political situations in their home countries.
In 2022, each of the 4 (four) selected mentees will be matched to a Berlin-based professional from the same artistic field. The selected mentees will benefit from the expertise and the network of their mentors who will also assist them in their first orientation in Berlin’s arts and culture sector.
Each mentoring process is different, and each mentee-mentor duo decides on a direction, based on the mentee’s goals. A first, get-acquainted meeting will be held for each duo, at the beginning of March, with the presence of the project’s coordinator. Mentors and mentees will meet, online or in person, at least ten times over the ten-month period. Meeting times and durations are flexible, and each mentee-mentor duo decides independently on the meeting schedule.
The project’s coordinator will follow up each of the mentoring processes and will be available for answering questions. Moreover, both mentees and mentors can benefit from the support of the whole Artist Pilots team.
In December 2022, there will be a compulsory feedback meeting, for both mentors and mentees, where everyone would be able to share their experiences and critiques.
The mentorship is free of charge. Artist Pilots do not provide funds for materials, production, and travel. However, we will assist mentees in their search for funding.
If you are interested to become an Artist Pilots mentee, please apply until 09 March 2022 (midnight) by sending an email to contact(at)artist-pilots.com that includes a CV (max. 2pp.) and a portfolio and/or links to your creative practice.