Haleh Redjaian completed a Postgraduate degree in Fine Art from HISK, Antwerp. Her works on paper, textiles and site-specifc wall installations are grounded in geometry, but she uses its rules to reshape and retrace the apparent order of angles and lines.
Her compositions subtly belie their own errors and form what she calls a ‘natural abstract language’.
Redjaian believes that these works, nimble yet systematic, refer in part to the manner, in which people create, adapt to and deviate from order in their lives.
She will often base her drawings on a precise background, such as grid paper, and weave graphite into its rigid structures with rough shadings and free-radical lines. Conversely, Redjaian may overlay two pieces of grid paper, drawing directly onto their discordant lines, creating a paradoxical order in the result.
A similar approach can be seen in the artist’s textiles, for which she appropriates carpets made in Kerman and lightly stitches patterns onto them.
She is motivated by the physical process of making that echo natural and man-made cycles and patterns in an attempt to rationalise something vast and capricious such as space and time.
Her multiracial background and interest in cultures and human behaviour propels her to confront complex systems to invite the viewer to recognise their presence as the subject in her work and acknowledge their presence beyond it.
Şirin Fulya Erensoy is a film and media scholar, based between Istanbul and Berlin. Her research focuses on video activism, women and documentary filmmaking and genre cinema.
She has worked as a lecturer in Film and Television at various institutions in Turkey and completed her Marie Curie Individual post-doctoral fellowship at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (September 2021 - August 2023).
She supplements her academic work with ongoing practices in documentary film production, film curation and journalism.
Sailesh Naidu (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and researcher who explores the relationship between the deeply personal and the deeply connected.
They spent the last decade working in the field of education and forced migration with a focus on gender and sexuality.
In 2016 they were awarded the prestigious German Chancellor’s Fellowship and served under mentorship of Office Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In 2021 their debut short film “DogFriend” which they created and produced was awarded funding by the German Ministry of Arts and Culture.
“DogFriend '' had its world premier at the British Film Institute, was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for the German LOLA in 2022.
Collectively their works and writing has been featured in the NYTimes, Die Zeit, The Schwules Museum, Gropius Bau, Urania Berlin, LiteraturHaus Berlin, DADDY Magazine, GALDEM, Volksbühne Berlin, among many others.
Natascha Anahita Nassir-Shahnian is a queer women of color that has worked in access structures to public funding for 5 years (diversity developement for Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung/ kultur_formen).
She is a political scientist, pleasure activist, moderator & facilitator (process-work, intersectional powersharing & empowerment).
In her own artistic practice she focuses on decolonial storytelling for visions of change and community accountability towards more healed and just futures.
Care (they/them) is a light-skinned Black trans non binary abolitionist care practitioner, artist & doula who works on re-membering embodied experiences of awe, connection, miracles & care. Their work blooms at the intersection of Black interiority, somatic memory and queer intimacies.
Always reflecting on their longing for home and belonging, they create rituals & ceremonies as portals through which displaced people can step into a healing, imaginative space unburdened by colonialism many violences.
Their practice draw from ancestral knowledge and seek to re-enact and/or recreate rituals.Their practice is grounded in an intimate relationship with the land, ancestors, Spirit, the Elements & the more than human.
Care study and professionally practice astrology, tarot, Reiki, hypnosis, somatics, Transformative Justice and doula work in Berlin, Germany. They recently founded the first BIPOC entered TJ group in Berlin.
Saboura Naqshband is a researching, moving, intersectional Muslim feminist, critical art educator and empowerment trainer. She works to empower FINTA and TIN BIPoC through dance and movement. They have worked for several years in research on intersectionality and social and political participation of BIPOC, with a focus on anti-Muslim racism, intersectional feminism, and the postcolonial SWANA and South Asian diaspora.
All Mirror of Creation projects as well as MOC Art Residency have been funded by