Zainab Hasoon: Zainab’s multifaceted work expresses itself in many interlinked ways – through design, photography, and producing around music, art, and culture. Zainab is one-third of the team behind the lifestyle label Shabab, whose work has appeared on numerous platforms. Zainab’s approach to design and craft can be found in her fine jewellery label Kenz Studios. She recently produced the visuals for Amman-based rapper Lil Asaf’s single ‘3eed’. She works between Dubai and elsewhere, and is currently in Tunis as part of the B7L9 residency programme.
Souheila Ghorbel (b.1992): Souheila Ghorbel is a photographer who lives and works in Tunis, Tunisia. Her interest in photography grew during several trips in the Tunisian desert. She started photographing her friends using disposable cameras. Her eyes then drifted to other subjects, and fed on the poetry of her surroundings.
Ghad Almejid (b.1997, they/them): Ghad is a Tunis based visual artist, whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and installation to explore issues of social alienation, boundaries, transience, and queer subjectivity. Ghad’s autodidactic practice draws from a number of skills and ways of seeing that are drawn from a performed experience in academic life, which began in architecture and led to graduating in graphic design. As a non-binary person living in an exceptionally dichotomic society, Ghad’s work is motivated by an existential need for self-expression, and a deeply felt awareness of the importance of representation.
Bashar Suleiman, aka Lil Asaf (b.1996): A music producer, DJ, and MC based in Amman, Jordan, and has been making music since 2013. He is one half of the group INSIN, and one-third of HIKMA. You can expect, brewing, shoulder-dislocating bass drops and heart-wrenching melodies. Bashar's sonic modus operandi completely rejects any standard production techniques and instead ventures into a raw musical state that is simultaneously caressing and obliterating.
Majd Al Nammari, aka Khotta BA (b.1991): A Palestinian MC/Producer based in Amman, Jordan, where he started writing and performing in 2008. In 2012, he released his first EP “Al Tatweer Al Hadari” with Damar, tackling mostly the socioeconomic struggles of the people of the region due to occupation, urbanisation and authoritarianism. BA is currently working on multiple solo and collaborative projects.
Becem Sdiri (b.1996): Lives and works in Tunis. As a visual artist, he is interested in places and people, people in places, and how they interact with one another. His process oscillates between analogue methods like drawing, cut out, collage and digital methods like scanning, vector illustrations and video synth.
Mahmoud Sakka, aka Jack Montaly (b.1998): Mahmoud Sakka is a visual artist and designer who lives and works in Tunis. Mahmoud graduated from EAD in Tunis in 2020. His work has a number of dimensions, produced under a number of identities, and spans painting, calligraffiti and academic calligraphic arts, and graphic design (with Mogli Studio), and is based on brut characters and abstraction of organic movements and forms. Vital aspects to his practice are capturing moments on the street, back and forth exchanges between friends in making and sharing visuals, and the fluidity and anonymity in adopting identities through which an approach to making art can develop. He produced a collaborative work with artist Edgar Endress in 2018 in a project called “Passport to the Horizon”. Mahmoud has worked with the artist Mohamed ben Soltane in UV (Utopie visuelle) 2018, and assisted the ST4 project in their solo show in 2019.
Achref Bettaieb (b.1994 in Sousse): Achref is a passionate skater, editor, photographer, movie maker, and video installation artist based in Tunis. Achref is the co-founder of Giraffe Crew, a skateboarding collective, and is a graduate of the School of Art and Decoration (EAD).