Lungs 2018 Artist Directory
Adnan Samman is a Syrian visual artist and musician residing and working between Saudi Arabia and Jordan. His practice searches for beauty in contrasts through integrating the melancholy of the Middle East and nostalgia into the contemporary model.
Gene Chih-Yang Chen is a Royal College of Art, Visual Communication graduate currently based in London. His work with graphics, pattern, prints, moving image and installation is often symbolic, communicating speculative concepts and exploring the possibilities of subtle relationships occurring between individuals.
Dew Kim is a South Korean artist based in London and Seoul. He graduated in metalsmithing and jewelry from Konkuk University, Chungju, and was awarded an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. He works in various mediums centred on sexuality, queer theory, feminism, sadomasochism, pop culture, religion, mysticism, and the body as forms of knowledge and research.
Duygu Nazlı Akova
Duygu Nazlı Akova is an artist and PhD researcher basedin Istanbul, Turkey. Her work aims to create a dialogue rooted in critical discourse, focused on political authority and social issues through the use of photography, video and installation.
Evar Hussayni is a Kurdish multi-disciplinary artist. Her most recent work uses typography, archive, film, photography, installation, and mixed media to explore the consequences of Orientalism/colonialism and examine how the White-Western gaze has contributed to the disposability of Middle Eastern women.
Grace Haynes is a Los Angeles based social impact designer interested in the intersection between empathy and design. She utilises design as a tool for communication and impact, and strives to stimulate empathy and critical thinking through art.
Although born in Southeast London, Habib Hajallie feeds his Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage directly into his practice. Through the exploration of cultural identity, he seeks to examine the relationship between mainstream media and the perception of disenfranchised communities.
Hamza Kırbaş is a Turkish visual artist currently undertaking a Master’s course in painting at Hacettepe University Institute of Fine Arts. He focuses on the theme of silence and visual communication models. He often uses the international sign language, ‘Gestuno’ alphabet to quietly subvert the meaning of political slogans. His work was exhibited in Turkey, England, Germany and Italy.
Hilal Kalkavan is a photographer and educator from Istanbul, Turkey. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language for Education at Marmara University and uses film photography to capture the intricate textures and tones of her surroundings.
Juliana Kasumu is a British-Nigerian photographer based in London. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Birmingham City University and uses conscious imagery to highlight the interconnectivity of women, culture and fashion.
Kariim Case graduated from the Manchester School of Art with a degree in Film & Media. Inspired by noted artists such as Steve McQueen, Marlon Riggs, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Solange and John Akomfrah, he strives to create works that examine and explore the self, black masculinity and representation.
Kathy Anne Lim
Kathy Anne Lim is a photographer based in London with roots along the eastern shores of Singapore. Photographing her first series for Esquire Magazine, she has since expanded from portraiture to pursue social documentary projects based around the themes of technology and displacement.
Kgaugelo Rakgwale is a Johannesburg based, Soweto born photographer. Her work seeks to offer digital content as a form of escapism and to be used as a tool to positively influence society.
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Laura Hyunjhee Kim is a Korean-American multimedia artist who playfully engages the DIY aesthetics of the Internet and renders familiar physical experiences into fabricated (non)existent digital spaces. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a PhD student in Inter-media Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information.
Maliheh Zafarnezhad is an Irish-Iranian artist whose practice spans across drawing, painting, printmaking, installation and video-art. She holds an MA in History of Art and Architecture, and her recent research includes Persian, Islamic and Renaissance arts.
Mariley Reinoso Olivera
Mariley Reinoso Olivera is Cuban writer and musician currently based in Newcastle, England. She has worked as a radio DJ and theatre promoter in Havana and recently gained a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Northumbria University. She co-founded Northern Rising: A North East Poetry Social and currently works as the Communications Manager for Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival.
Mbali Dhlamini is a Johannesburg born multi-disciplinary artist and coordinator. She performs visual, tactile and discursive investigations into current indigenous cultural practices. With a view towards decolonised practices in contemporary culture, her work is in constant conversation with past and present visual landscapes.
Mélika Hashemi is a Fine Art graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada and works primarily in sculpture and installation. Her practice is informed by her understanding of a culture she has only experienced in hyphenated ways. She has exhibited across Southern Ontario and Montreal and was the recipient of the Curator’s Choice Award and Fine Arts Excellence Award in 2017.
Michelle Chua Li Ping
Michelle Chua Li Ping (蔡丽萍) holds a BA inCommunications Studies from Murdoch University, Western Australia. She currently performs jazz and spoken word in Singapore and Malaysia, with past performances in Thailand and Timor-Leste. Her name 蔡丽萍 Li Ping, chosen by her grandfather, means “she flows with life, beauty and peace.”
Mohammad Barrangi is an Iranian artist and athlete currently based in Wakefield, England. His work in printmaking and illustration combines traditional Persian-Islamic motifs with calligraphy to fully capture the mood of his homeland and introduce Middle Eastern visual histories to contemporary Western audiences.
Müge Yıldız is an Istanbul based visual artist using film, video and archive footage to explore political, ethnographic and philosophical themes. Her work with moving images and photography results in cinematic installations that strive to become lieu de mémoire (site of memory). Sheholds a BA in Cinema and is currently working towards an MA in Philosophy from Galatasaray University, Turkey.
Nouf Aljahdami is a United Arab Emirates based creative. Her work reflects her experimentation with traditional art, poetry, research and literature to explore topics of identity, spirituality, culture and politics in the Middle East. She is currently a student of Security and Global Studies College and a graduate of Development Policy in African Affairs from MIT.
Considered to be one of the most versatile photographers in India, Sam Mohan also works as a filmmaker. After completing an MA in Photography & Digital Imaging at the University of Sunderland, England, he co-founded Yolk in 2008, a creative studio based in Bangalore. Both his commercial and personal work is concerned with championing the Indian aesthetic, both nationally and worldwide.
Sophie Soobramanien uses original and found footage to explore dissociative tendencies of mind and body. Concerned with the body, rhythm and feeling, she tries to break down the influence of culture and media on identity and the inevitable separation and revelation of our digital selves. She is currently based in North East England.
Tarık Töre is a visual artist based in Istanbul. His paintings bring together historical characters of different eras in crowded settings resembling protests and parades within a timeless space. Töre graduated from Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting department in 2013. His first solo exhibition Whellkom was recently held at Pilot Gallery, Istanbul.
Tunca Çaylant graduated from Boğaziçi University with a degree in Management Information Systems. He currently works as a freelance editor and translator in Istanbul, Turkey. His poems have appeared in several national and international magazines, as well as the Black Poetry Anthology. His first book of poetry, Araftar, was published by Yasakmeyve in 2015.
Yaprak Damla Yıldırım
Yaprak Damla Yıldırım was born in Gaziantep, Turkeyin 1994. She graduated from Boğaziçi University Management and Western Languages & Literatures department. Her essays, translations, book reviews, poems, and interviews have been published in journalssuch as Varlık, Evrensel Kültür, Yasakmeyve, and Yeni E. She was appointed as “Promising Young Poet” by Yasakmeyve. She is currently a graduate student of Critical and Cultural Studies program at Boğaziçi University.
Zhongwen Hu is a Shanghai raised, New York based painter, illustrator, and animator who uses literature to develop visual ideas. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984, her work touches on totalitarianism and dystopia within social and political structures.