Asma Hassouna

STATEMENT

In the newly-born Tunisian cultural scene, See Djerba is considered as one of the most important artistic initiatives undertaken by Tunisian civil society actors (COLLECTIF-CREATIF; Ijou Gdena: a local collective; and several local associations from Djerba). The project has witnessed many challenges: First, the organization of the event, which was based only on volunteer’s work, seemed to be a success. Indeed, we can easily feel the dynamism and the enthusiasm of the team through the activities ran. Then, the international melting-pot spirit was felt through the presence of international artists subtly integrated into the splendid “Houmet Essouk”. They were in regular contact with locals who appreciated sharing with them this unique experience and the hope for the development of cultural activities in Tunisia. Finally, the event seemed to have taken place as the team hoped, offering to visitors the opportunity to live an exceptional moment blending the beauty of Art and Djerba’s medina.

SEE DJERBA TASKS

[1] SEE Djerba Round Table : Culture of Democracy

FOCUS

Asma is a consultant who advices and coachs national and international NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to implement their social projects and to evaluate their achievements in order to improve their performance. Her expertise is in human resources and project management.

DEVELOPPMENT

2016 – 2017 | Training in professional and personal coaching | High school of coaching (certification CNRP 1)
2012 – 2014 | Master 2 Economics and Psychology | La Sorbonne Paris 1 and University Paris Descartes Paris 5 | Paris (Fr)
2008 – 2011 | Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management | Faculty of Economics and Management | Toulouse (Fr)

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Lorenz Potthast

STATEMENT
I am interested at the interplay of technology, culture and art on a global and on a local scale. After my Bachelor studies I worked for one year at an arts and cultural centre in Durban, South Africa, where I helped to set up a Multimedia Centre to extend access and skills in new media technology to the students, artists and people from the surrounding townships. After my return to Germany I initiated the MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS platform for cultural and artistic exchange with refugees from the neighbouring emergency accommodations at the University of Arts Bremen. For my Master Project I researched on the influence of Internet infrastructure on the example of the sister cities of Bremen and Durban and went on a artistic research travel through South Africa.
Through my previous participation with Xenorama at the INTERFERENCE Festival in Tunis I am now curious about the role and situation of digital communication and in Tunisia.

FOCUS
Lorenz Potthast is an interdisciplinary designer with an artistic approach, technological interest and cultural empathy. On the one hand he uses the possibilities of Digital Media as a new way of playful, artistic expression while on the other hand he investigates the implications of a transforming digitalized and globalized world through critical research and analysis.

DEVELOPMENT
2015-now | Master Digital Media
2015 | Initiator of MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS (platform for intercultural exchange)
2014-2015 | Multimedia Centre Coordinator at BAT Centre | Durban (rsa)
2014 | Co-founder of Xenorama
2010-2014 | Bachelor Integrated Design

LINKS

www.xenorama.com

Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri

ARTIST’S STATEMENT | After See Djerba

We already took part in INTERFERENCE, and it was a great experience. After being asked by Aymen and Bettina to participate in SeeDjerba, we were excited and already started thinking of an idea, a creation. It was a chance to be in such a multicultural environment, the diversity lead us to be more creative and innovative. Working in a site specific context is always a new challenge.
It was not our first time in Djerba, but the first project, and the first time we find ourselves in this cross-cultural and international context and group. In the beginning, we felt lost, finding a site was not so easy and our quest took a big part of our stay. We found different inspiring spaces but with a big constraint till we visit the Hangar in the Mediterranean Center. That was the perfect space in the perfect timing.
During our stay, we met new people, had deep discussions with different interesting persons, the time spent there was enriching and we made a lot of new friends, networks… the local community was friendly, welcoming and as soon as we arrived we felt home. We loved the atmosphere and ambiance. The shared catering was a great idea of meetings, exchanges and commitment. The good vibes were everywhere.
We think that SeeDjerba was an opportunity to share, enrich and create in an environment full of positive energy. Tthe community was impressive, the volunteers were very engaged. SeeDjerba brought light to the island, and alternative to have more activities, and we hope to See this energy in the future.

SEE DJERBA SITE
The Mediterranean Cultural Center od Houmt Souk. The building dating from 1908, served as public treasure in Houmt Souk in Djerba.

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

WE PROMISE YOU …

Technique: Installation made of wire and black light

Promises, promises, and promises. They promise changes, for the time of a beautiful speech, thevtime to gather the gratitude of the actions never carried out. Promises are never kept.
40,600 workstations that they are supposed to create, 1513 archaeological sites that they are supposed to restore, 3200 projects to develop public spaces, on papers, that they plan to carry out. Large terms are quickly used : cleanliness, environment, local democracy, decentralization, etc.
The work is constructed by white threads revealed in black light and has an image and text arranged on the ceiling using the technique of anamorphosis. In the latter, the image is visible only from one privileged point. As you move around the room, the image is distorted, stretching strangely and will no longer have any meaning.
The message of the installation is addressed to politicians and their demagogic discourses, which, as anamorphosis, from an angle of view appear clear and promising, but quickly lose all their senses as soon as one turns away. Then by discovering the work, the visitor is invited to look for the location of visibility, to observe the message and to decipher it.

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Photos: Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
The island of djerba, by its urban and natural landscape, inspires us and leave us and allows us to dream.
“SEE Djerba” is an opening toward new adventures for us, with a serious and qualified team. It’s also a unique moment of exchange and complicity shared between artists, accomplices, coaches, visitors and future colleagues, in order to take part “perhaps” in the construction of a better world.

ARTISTIC APPROACH
Their passion and commitment is their poetic vector. Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri are conceptual artists and work transdisciplinary with ceramics, photography, performance, light, installation and interventions among others. Their concepts are reflecting on societal questions with strong links to sociocultural developments. ” We start our building process from a space and the association it allows, we are guided by our ideas and we build by experiencing the impact of our interventions. Our projects have in common that they address the human body as the storage of experience as well as the collective memory and its shaping. We are interested in the interplay of the individuum and the collective, we reflect on the dynamics of individual and collective identities and their impact on religious and political culture.”

Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri. Vide-mémoire. INTERFERENCE Tunis 2016. Photo Zied Mnif (1)
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Ghorbel + Mhiri. SOS Borj en Peril 2016. Photo Wadi Mhiri.
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Photos: Houda Ghorbel and Wadi Mhiri.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017 | ART MATTERS | Tunis (tn)
2016 | SEGOU’ART | Segou (Mali)
2016 | WARD AND CARTOUCHES | Alain Nadaud Art and Culture Gallery | Tunis (tn)
2016 | INTERFERENCE | Tunis (tn)
2016 | POLLEN (collective installation) | Dar Al Kamila| La Marsa (tn)
2016 | TRACES, FRAGMENTS OF A CONTEMPORARY TUNISIA (collective exhibition) | MuCEM | Marseille (fr)
2016 | BARCHA (collective exhibition) | Musk and Amber Gallery | Tunis (tn)
2016 | COMME UN FLAMANT ROSE | Marrakech Biennale | Marrakech (ma)
2014 | IN SEARCH OF A MISSING LINK| SOS Borj in Distress | Sfax (tn)
2014 | DIP IN LIGHT WHAT WAS IN DARKNESS | Espace Sadika for Arts | Gammarth (tn)

Houda Ghorbel | DEVELOPMENT
2014 | Awarded at the Centre Soleil d’Afrique | 11th Dak’Art Biennale | Dakar (sg)
2003 | First Prize at the Ceramics Art Exhibition| Plastic Arts Gallery | Sfax (tn)
2009 | Phd in Sciences and Artistic Techniques | Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts| Tunis (tn)
1968 | Born | Sfax (tn)

Wadi Mhiri | DEVELOPMENT
2004 | Specialisation in Photography and Visual Art
Since 2008 | Director of Pinceau Mirette Children Art Club
1986 | Studies at ESMOD | Paris
1965 | Born | Tunis (tn)

LINKS
Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri | Web
Houda Ghorbel + Wadi Mhiri | Vimeo

Sonja Karolin Tautz

STATEMENT

As a student of international cultural policy I am very interested in the influences art can have on society and political thoughts and processes. Coming to Djerba is a special opportunity for me as it is my third chance to be a part of discussions about art and community in Africa. The first project I participated in was in 2016 at the East African Performing Arts Market in Uganda followed by a three-month-internship at the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Both of these experiences have opened my mind to the idea of art as a political tool that can formulate statements about the social structures we live in that are sometimes hard to grasp. I am looking forward to get to know Tunisia and to learn how this country finds itself in its unique position between Europe and Africa.

SEE DJERBA CONTRIBUTION

ART MATTERS Documentary and Evaluation

FOCUS

My work is focused on questions about art as part of political activism, art and culture as a medium to sustain democracy and about the different perceptions and perspectives on art and culture from a european and an african point of view.

DEVELOPMENT

2017: studies of Design, Photography and Film at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
Since 2015: focus on International Cultural Policy in the context of Bachelor Plus, Hildesheim
Since 2014: Cultural Studies and Aesthetics with focus on Literature and Media, Hildesheim

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Mariandreina Baasch

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Last year Bettina and Aymen told me about the great art festival they made in Tunes, which reminded me about the initiatives I had made in my homeland, Venezuela. I got excited just by hearing them talking, it felt really familiar. Now, I was told that this second experience exists due the motivation of the people and that the idea is to offer an alternative cultural place for and with Tunisians in Djerba. No further words needed to be said for me to accept this incredible -personal- challenge, were I would not get to be in the organizing team, but instead I will be in the artistic group. To Djerba I am bringing my energy, my -short- experience as an architect and my spirit as an activist, in order to interact with this new context. In this exchange experience I am hopping to leave one ephemeral part of me in Djerba and in my new colleagues; I will take home the conceptual challenges and learnings of this cultural space.

SEE Djerba Site:

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Photos: Mariandreina Baasch.

ARTISTIC APPROACH

After graduating from the architecture school in 2011, Mariandreina Baasch has been working on different projects that open a space for dialogue in the society. The idea is using art in public spaces to express -freely- the socio-political problems of Venezuela.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2015 | “IX Salón Malaussena” The Venezuelan Architecture Biennale | Valencia (ve)
2013 | 14th Arquine International Design Competition – A Shelter for the displaced | México (me)
2011 | Ingenium architectural Competition | Valencia (ve)

ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS
2015 | Art in Resistance, Spielart Festival 2015 | Munich (de)
2014 | CambiArte Venezuela | Valencia (ve)
2014 | #Quédate pana | Valencia (ve)

DEVELOPMENT
2016-Today | MA Integrated Design | Academy of Fine Arts | Bremen (de)
2015-2015 | Leadership program, Lidera 7 | Fundación Futuro Presente, IESA, UNIMET, UCAB | Valencia (ve)
2014-2015 | Diplom in Management of Marketing and Sales | Jose Antonio Paez University| Valencia (ve)
2005-2011 | BA Architecture | Simón Bolívar University | Caracas (ve)
2008-2009 | Architecture  – Exchange Program | University Stuttgart | Stuttgart (de)
2009-2009 | Architecture  – Exchange Program | CEPT University | Ahmedabad (In)
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Mariandreina Baasch
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ARTISTS’ STUDIO

SEE DJERBA WORKSHOP
[1] What happend in Venezuela? ART AND SOCIETY Workshop

BACKGROUND

At the moment I saw myself under the government repression, I felt the urge of finding a new way of expression, a new way to protest… So, what better means of communication can be asked in a censored, controlled and oppressed country? Art surpasses any kind of censorship, I though. It deviates it, disguises it, makes fun of it. The art offers direct emitter-receiver communication and it conveys a subjective message. It can achieve its goal by means of music, dance, paint, photo or prose. Art provides a democratic space where any opinion can be discussed and from many interpretation can be learned. For that reason in 2014 together with my team „CambiArte Venezuela“ we created a space where the people, our people, could at times be free. A space that gave artists the confidence back to go out into the street to express their voice. A place to re-meet neighbors and create a safe network. In this workshop I will talk about the political situation in Venezuela and the importance of arts to rebuild the sense of democracy.

LINKS

 

Xenorama

SEE DJERBA WORKSHOP

In our workshop we will give an overview and introduction into the technology of Projection Mapping and its artistic applications and potential. Through exact knowledge about the spatial properties of a surface and the position of the projectors it enables the creation of fascinating three-dimensional effects and optical illusions. You can find some examples on our website and more information about Xenorama at SEE DJERBA here.

In the workshop we will make use of the Open Source visual real-time toolkit VVVV. We will build simple spatial structures from paper or other materials and use them as projection surfaces for simple but stunning installations.

REQUIREMENTS

It would be great if the participants can bring a windows laptop and a three-button mouse. No programming experience is needed, but advanced knowledge about computers and digital technology will be very helpful.

Maher Meriah

 
STATEMENT

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Aymen Gharbi

STATEMENT
Djerba is my home Island where i grew up. For 18 year I wanted to contribute to the cultural scene and now I got the opportunity to design an initiative with my partner Bettina Pelz. SEE Djerba for us is an open space-time when we want to gather different cultural actors and discuss with them about art and it’s important to the context of the island. We wanted also to demonstrate how Art Matters, therefore we invited international artist to contribute to this frame work and think about a site-specific art-work.

SEE DJERBA CONTRIBUTION
[1] ART MATTERS SERIES – Concept and Development with Aymen Gharbi
[2] Sharing Heritage // ART AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
[3] Art and Democratic Culture // workshop with Bettina Pelz and Mariandreina Baasch

FOCUS
The work of Aymen Gharbi is dedicated to the interplay between architecture Urban research and cultural Heritage.

DEVELOPMENT 
Since 2016 l Freelance Curator
Until 2015 l Architect in the National institution of Heritage
Until 2013 l Architectural Studies

LINK
Aymen Gharbi l Web

 

Bettina Pelz

STATEMENT
Djerba is home to Aymen, my partner in this initiative. He convinced me to spent time, energy and thought on Djerba – its landscapes and its architecture, its people and its culture. Together we created SEE Djerba as an open framework to reflect on Djerba as a living enviroment and its future. Located at the intersections of art and its contexts – whether they are social and political, cultural and historical, environmental and economical – we want to pave the way for a new environment for artists, architects, designers, cultural producers, and friends. We want to foster an open space where traditional creative roles are dissolved, where the creative disciplines are challenged, and where new concepts of art-making are shared.

SEE DJERBA CONTRIBUTIONS
[1] SEE DJERBA _ Concept and Development with Aymen Gharbi
[2] SEE DJERBA _ Website with Salma Kossemtini and Syrine Siala
[3] Workshop: Art Matters with Aymen Gharbi
[4] Workshop: Visual Poetry
Understanding artistic approaches on signs, letters, and texts and experimenting with sign-based artistic articulations
[5] Workshop: Green Light with Aymen Gharbi
[6] Workshop: Sharing Heritage with Aymen Gharbi

FOCUS
The curatorial work of Bettina Pelz is dedicated to interdisciplinary projects in urban space, postindustrial environments and cultural heritage sites.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017 | RESPONSIVE | Halifax (ca)
2016 | INTERFERENCE | Tunis (tn) with Aymen Gharbi
2016 | SWITCH c/o Center for International Light Art | Unna (de)
2015 | LICHTUNGEN | Hildesheim (de)
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DEVELOPMENT
Since 2004 | Academic Teacher
Since 1996 | Freelance Curator
Until 1988 | Studies of Philosophy and Social Pedagogics
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LINKS
Bettina Pelz | Web
International Art Projects Hildesheim