CATCALL ME AGAIN is a series of illustrations made by Markhaëva Mirra. It is an expression of disagreement and anger collected through years of sexual harassment endured by girls on the city streets and other contexts. Most of the time women undergo this unwanted attention from the men and do not respond, leaving the harassment unpunished and keeping negative feelings that are created by that. To express those feelings Mirra with help of her ODC comrades has come with several colorful, fun, and angry designs to put them on the streets in form of stickers and posters for everybody to see.
The future of KAA GENT fan/supporter identity?
What will it mean to be a football fan in 2020/2030/2040/2050?
Football is critically acclaimed as one of the last bastions of white male mass culture. It is in urgent need to be re-calibrated for the 21st century, a future that can make diversities out of differences, participation out of privileges, and think intersections beyond just sporadic inclusions. In the context of this massive fan-centered sport, let’s think about:
What is the future identity of a football fan?
What can we project towards 2020/2030/2040/2050?
“FAN in 2050” is the poster made in collaboration with CC Sport and TimeLab for football club KAA Gent by Mirra Markhaëva and Kelechi Johnbosco. It is a representation of how we want to see the football fanbase in the future as well as an attempt to bring the reflection about the club’s mascot and cultural expropriation.
Syntrofi [σύντροφοι] is a Greek compound word – coming from feed [trofi] and together [syn] – which translates to: “companions, comrades, lovers…”
Syntrofi takes on a perspective of a vulnerable observer, who looks into art and education institutions from within the position of the marginal and the excluded. Around the lunch table, the audience and performers will become Syntrofi. Personal stories on privilege will be served, chewed on, and digested through the conversations and engaged togetherness that acknowledges the complexity of contradicting desires.
Sound poetry by Marcus Bergner
Performance and texts by Yared Yilma, Fatma Osman. Mohammed Tawfiq, Sawsan Maher, Elli Vassalou, Samer Alagha, Marcus Bergner, Kelechi Johnbosco
Exhibition Open Design Course for Refugees and Asylum Seekers | 23-25 November 2018 @ KIOSK | KASK & Conservatorium | HOGENT | Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent
The Open Design Course began in 2016 by the initiatives of Bram Crevits, trying to formulate an answer to some urgent needs, but mainly as a way to offer support for an unseen influx of people fleeing war and seeking refuge in Europe. Due to regulations of higher education, it is almost impossible for most of the newcomers to start or to continue their studies as ‘regular students’ within the Belgian education system.
The Open Design Course initiative is intended to create a space within KASK, where it is possible to bypass the technical/administrative restrictions, to welcome refugees and asylum seekers, and provide them with a high-quality learning context. The course also reflects on the broader context of rethinking higher art education. The perspectives and motives that were behind the setting up of the Open Design Course are closely intertwined forms of dissatisfaction with education / or higher education. For it was felt that higher education is mainly organized to further sustain and reproduce this system, by mainly focusing on ‘innovation’; in order to further support a logic of endless economic growth. This is not only about pedagogy and content, but also the way higher education is governed and financed. In the same way, art education (and even art in general) is not immune to this logic of reproducing a failing system.
A text about the expo by Peter Westenberg [in Dutch]
Photos from the exhibition and the course. September to November 2018