Speed Date: Meet the !GWAK Residents Vol. I

Join us in welcoming the varied and talented successful applicants to our first ever !GWAK online collaboration residency.


FUNGAI MARIMA

Work by Fungai Marima

LEFT: Fungai; Right: Work by Fungai


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

My name is Fungai Marima.  I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and I’m currently based in London, UK.


WHAT DO YOU DO? 

I am a multimedia artist, whose practice is interested in ideas around the body as an archive and influenced by methods of making within printmaking, film, performance and sound. 


WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

I’m driven by personal and collective narratives within contemporary culture, looking at themes of trauma, displacement, identity and female cultural experiences.  Processes of making also assist in my drive to create: how different materials, such as the boundary of the body (skin), interact with different surfaces in its surroundings. 


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ARHANTIKA REBELLO

'Aunties' by Arhantika Rebello for DOCKS Magazine

LEFT: Arhantika; RIGHT: Work by Arhantika


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

My name is Arhantika and I’m a 21 year old photographer from India, currently based in London!


WHAT DO YOU DO?

My main interest is in fashion and editorial photography, despite doing a degree in photojournalism. I’m still working on finding my niche, but at the moment I’m enjoying just having fun and experimenting with ideas and concepts whilst working with other inspiring creatives. I also run a youth-focused digital content platform called QUAKE Digital, (www.quakemagazine.com) which seeks to celebrate youth through unabashed and honest art and to act as a platform for their voices as well.


WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

My creativity is driven from so many things! It’s driven by aspects of life as simple as what I see on Instagram or someone’s outfit on the street, to all the countries I’ve lived in and the cultures I’ve been privileged enough to experience. I’m also constantly inspired and driven by all my creative friends!


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MAGGZ


Maggz


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I’m Maggz, a movement and multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne.


WHAT DO YOU DO?

I specialise in Waacking - a dance style originated in 1970s LA from the LGBTQ community, predominantly involving arm movements. Traversing amongst dance battles, live performances, installations and interdisciplinary collaborations with other artists, I aspire to explore the possibilities of art and creativity whilst to honour the unique being of self and others.


WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

Everyday nuances; human relations; materials; emotions; conflicts; unknown; consciousness; beings; aliveness.


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JACK SOLEMDAL-LOWE


Jack

Stills from work by Jack Lowe


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I'm Jack Solemdal Lowe and I'm a half Norwegian filmmaker from Bristol, currently living in London.


WHAT DO YOU DO?

I create short films, documentaries and audiovisual projects focusing on nature within us as humans and in the world around us.


WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

My drive for creativity comes from a search to discover meaning in life and communicate emotions and ideas that are not explainable any other way. To evoke in someone an emotion where words fail me, and then to feel some kind of connection from that, to feel less alone.


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IMOGEN DONEGAN

LEFT & RIGHT: Work by Imogen; CENTRE: Imogen

WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am a multimedia illustrator from Bangor (near Belfast in NI) studying at the University of Brighton for my second year.


WHAT DO YOU DO? I am currently passionate about making 3D illustrations which I then photograph. I'm interested in lighting and atmosphere in my work to portray narrative.


WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

Observations from life drives my creativity. Most of my ideas are formed when I'm cycling in the outdoors. I'm interested in representing emotion in images through the use of the human form.

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DJENABA DAVIS-EYO

Djenaba

Work by Djenaba

WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

My name is Djenaba, also known by my pseudonym Damsel Elysium. I'm from London, UK.


WHAT DO YOU DO? I do a lot of things, too many probably, but I suppose they all fit under visual and auditory art. I privately explore the world through imagery like analogue photography, film and fine art. I publicly and privately document my experiences through sound and music; I play double bass and violin and create textural soundscapes to connect with others and tell abstract stories. Eventually I want to transcend just the two senses (seeing and listening) and translate every human experience into an art.


WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

I'm basically an interdisciplinary artist, so pretty much everything and anything drives me; the world is both my inspiration and canvas. However, that being said, it also means I get overstimulated and overwhelmed easily, and tend to shut down for long periods of time, only creating in short bursts. Those bursts tend to be driven by a series of intense experiences... it's both a blessing and a curse I guess.


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KEN NAKAJIMA


CENTRE: Ken; LEFT AND RIGHT: Work by Ken


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I am a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Tokyo, now living in North London. I have worked professionally from a young age ,starring in productions such as Madam Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Wozzeck, Der Rosenkavalier at the New National Opera House in Tokyo, alongside other operas and theatre. I have extensively trained as a dancer, competing in championships representing the United Kingdom twice at the UDO World Street Dance championships. I have worked with ITV, BFI and Channel 5 on creative projects. I am currently an associate artist for the State of the Art collective, with past projects including working with the National Theatre in Rome at the Dominio Pubblico Arts Festival.

WHAT DO YOU DO? My work covers aspects of theatre, dance, lighting design and visual arts. My main practice particularly focuses on movement, choosing to exhibit this focus through the experimentation of the human body and condition, assisted by mythological and psychological themes. I gravitate towards unconventional storytelling, with a concentration on semiotic imagery, whilst still grasping the solidity and familiar concept of narrative.

WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

I could never pinpoint the source of my creative drive, but it's always been there for me and having this deep fascination with the world around me. Even from a young age, it's always offered me comfort and a sense of liberation.


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WING MAN (ERIN) TSE

'Layout' - Erin Tse

LEFT: 'Sunday Afternoon' - Erin Tse; RIGHT: Erin


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am a London-based artist and set designer. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Using paintings and illustration, I explore my sexuality, desires, race and mental health. WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

I produce work to provoke and amuse my audiences.


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LOUISE HALL

‘13 Dead Nothing Said’ by Louise Hall

Louise & Work


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Hello, I am Louise Hall, but people also call me Lou. I was born in London and now spend my time between Bournemouth and Watford. I have recently graduated with a BA in Fine Art; now I am working full time as a Student Union President. 

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Whilst also being a workshop facilitator, I am a multidisciplinary artist who bounces between performance and sculptural work, which is unpinned by printmaking. I am a member of the Dolphin Collective, which facilitates a reading group around accessibility in the arts and arts education. 

WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY?

As a creative I am interested in Black British experience and theories. I am driven by research, lived experiences, histories, conversations and collaborations. 


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LUKE MITCHELL

Luke


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I’m Luke and I’m from London.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I write songs and poems and stories, and sometimes draw.

WHAT DRIVES YOUR CREATIVITY? The feeling of mutual recognition when somebody else understands what I’m trying to do in a piece.


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PRITHY PARAMSOTHY

LEFT & RIGHT: Work by Prithy; CENTRE: Prithy


WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM? My names Prithy Paramsothy and I’m from London, currently studying my masters in Manchester.

WHAT DO YOU DO?