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Foundland Collective was formed in 2009 by South African Lauren Alexander (Cape Town, 1983) and Syrian Ghalia Elsrakbi (Damascus, 1978) and is today based between Amsterdam and Cairo. The platform enables us to explore shared research desires through art, design, writing, education and multidisciplinary collaboration. We continually experiment with different modes of working and have shifted roles from being artists, designers, editors, film directors and project organizers to educational facilitators and lecturers. Throughout our development we have critically reflected upon what it means to produce politically engaged, de-colonial storytelling from our position as non-Western artists working between Europe and the Middle East. Foundland was awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for research in the largest Arab American archive in 2015/2016 and shortlisted for the Dutch Prix de Rome prize in 2015 and Dutch Design Awards in 2016. Ghalia Elsrakbi (1978, Damascus, SYR) was based in the Netherlands until 2014, before relocating to Cairo, Egypt where she teaches at the American University. After completing a Masters in Design at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, she followed a research post-graduate at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. (2010) Lauren Alexander (1983, Cape Town, ZAR) lives and works in Amsterdam. After completing a Masters in Design at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, she pursued an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) in Arnhem (2011). She tutors in the Graphic Design bachelor and master programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague (KABK), as well as at the University of the Underground, master programme at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Portfolio 2018 CV 2018 Artist's statement Recent exhibitions: Harlan Levey Projects Gallery (2017) Arti et Amicitiae (2017) Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2016) MU, Eindhoven (2016) Cairotronica (2016) De Appel, Amsterdam (2015) Dismaland, Bristol (2015) Edge of Arabia Gallery, London (2014) ISCP, New York (2014) Visual Arts Festival Damascus, Depot Istanbul (2013). Di-Egy-Fest, Cairo (2013) Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2012) Impakt Festival, Utrecht (2011 & 2012) BAK, Utrecht (2012) Selected presentations: Athens Biennial workshop series, "How Assemblies matter?" (2016) Artist talk, de Appel for Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam (2015) Athens Biennial lecture (2013) Studium Generale, Royal Academy of Arts, (KABK) The Hague (2011) Studium Generale, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2010) International residencies: Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington DC (2015) ISCP, New York for Edge of Arabia (2014) Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2013) Assistant 2014, Wilco Monen Assistant 2015-2016, Hanna Rullmann Collaborators and funders: American University, Cairo (AUC) Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst Artez hogeschool voor de kunsten, Arnhem Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem Eutopia Magazine, Amsterdam Edge of Arabia, London/Saudi Arabia Extra City, Antwerp Funda Community Art school, Soweto, South Africa HTV de Ijsberg, Amsterdam Arts newspaper Impakt Festival 2011, Utrecht Jansen and Janssen, Political research bureau KABK, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague Krisis Magazine, Brescia, Italy Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam Mediafonds, Amsterdam Mediamatic, Amsterdam Manifesta 9, Genk, Belgium Mondriaan Fund, The Netherlands National Arts Council, South Africa Netwerk Democratie, Amsterdam Nieuwe Vide Artspace, Haarlem Noordkaap, Dordrecht Onomatopee, Eindhoven Open Magazine, Cahier on art and the public domain or-bits foundation, London, UK Pavilion Journal, Bucharest, Romania Pro demos, The Hague Sandberg Institute, Design Department Studium Generale, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington DC Town House Gallery, Cairo, Egypt Trapped in Suburbia, The Hague If I can’t dance I dont want to join your revolution, curatorial collective New World Academy, Jonas Staal Beursschouwburg, Brussels ISCP, New York TEDex Cairo Artists, designers, curators and research collaborators: Cher Potter, curator Rosie Heinrich, artist Erik Hopmans, industrial/interior designer Gaia Tedone, curator Freek Lomme, curator Matteo Lucchetti, curator Merijn Oudenampsen, journalist/sociologist Niels Schrader, Mind Design, Head of Graphic Design Department KABK Haytham Nawar, American University Cairo Charlotte Bank, curator Delphine Leccas, curator Jonas Staal, artist and initiator, New World Academy Gabriëlle Schleijpen, curator, 
Head of Dutch Art Institute (MFA) Annet Dekker, writer and researcher Ibrahim Eslam, creative director, JWT, Cairo Tanja Baudoin, curator Arjan Dunnewind & Ilga Minjon, curators Impakt Festival Helena Kritis, curator Jorinde Seijdel, Open! Nat Muller, writer and curator Bassam el Baroni, curator Kari Conte, ISCP, Brooklyn, NYC Ahmad Saqf, German University, Cairo Katja Djalo, curator Allison Young, curator Stephen Stapleton, Edge of Arabia Myriam Vanneschi, curator Nikos Doulos, Expodium curator, artist Anna Hoetjes, artist Petra Noordkamp, curator Harlan Levey, curator and gallerist Jenny Marketou, curator and artist Katayoun Arian, curator

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