Ahmed Aküzüm is a cultural worker and artist. He was born in Diyarbakır, Turkey, and now lives in Germany. Aküzüm holds a MA in Cultural Management from Istanbul Bilgi University.
He has worked as a coordinator on more than a hundred artistic and cultural projects in Turkey. Parallel to his own creative practice in video and photography, he works as a cameraman. Ahmed Aküzüm is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Arts and Cultural Management at Istanbul Bilgi University.
Gloria Madas is a Chilean artist, born in the German city of Neuss, due to the dictatorship in Chile. As a child, after seeing her older sister dancing at the Spanish Centre in Neuss, she became passionate about dance. In Chile, in parallel to her high school and university studies, she immersed herself in Flamenco. This motivated her to move to Seville, in 2017, and follow her dream to experience and learn Flamenco from its essence.
Shaahin Peymani is a composer and sound artist based in Tehran and Berlin. After graduating in textile engineering, he studied at the Tehran Conservatory, and is currently continuing his MA in sound studies and sonic arts at the Berlin University of the Arts. His practice includes sound installation, audio-visual performances, as well as music and sound design for animation, film, theater, and dance.
Maryam Katan is an Iranian artist working with animation, film and audio-visual installations. In her practice, she is engaged with meanings of displacement and repositioning in non-original discourses, searching for alternative cognitive models.
Her early quest was mostly focused on virtual identity and media immersion. Maryam pays a great deal of attention to alternative screenings and the interaction between video and performance, art in public spaces and the audience’s undetermined encounter with the art work. Recently, she has been seeking animation as an approach, motion intervention and reanimating as an act of resistance.
Amir Naghavi is an Iranian, Tehran-born visual and media artist who works between video, installation and performance. Amir considers artistic media as tools to work with anecdotal narratives, drawing from his dreams and his everyday experience of being a migrant. Social media platforms have been functioning as a showcase for Amir’s art practice and have partly influenced the way he engages in the artistic process. Amir is currently studying Film at Freie Universität Berlin.
“I left my country in search for more freedom and stability in my life, and for possibilities to work freely in the cultural field. As I am writing this, the financial and social problems in Iran are worsening due to a mosaic of issues. The country’s economy is being crushed due to the economic sanctions. Consequently the cultural scene and the arts are losing their significance and relevance as tools to educate and make peoples’ lives better. Alongside this, the brutal ideological rhetoric of the governing regime limits the people’s freedoms on an everyday basis. However, when describing my home country’s issues and problems I tend to remain cautious not to present myself as a victim and my country as a country of victims (a discourse which reproduces an Eurocentric view of the world, I think). I belong to a rather privileged social group in Iran. Hence, I was able to pursue my interests in the field of arts and later, I was able to reach Berlin to study and live here. This is not possible for the overwhelming majority of Iran’s population.”