Nuran Ayten works in education with a focus on racism and critical diversity from an intersectional perspective. Nuran researches racism. Writes. Discusses. And most of all Nuran likes to be activist.
On the move.... to create visibility... and change together.
Rüzgâr Buşki is an artist, director and producer from Istanbul, based in Berlin. Their artistic practice varies within printmaking, performance, video and film. Buşki's works tackle body and identity as social constructs, self as a futuristic landscape and human condition as a subject of deconstruction. Their assemblages of self-community-society alter the routines of everyday life with irony and humor, holding possibilities for a sudden change in the unknown. They co-founded Kanka Productions in 2013, a transfeminist creative hub. Buşki graduated with a Meisterschüler title from the class of Prof. Dr. Hito Steyerl at Berlin University of Arts. In 2019 they received the Zeliş Deniz Queer Cinema Award. They are the winner of the 2019 Karl Hofer Prize. Buşki is currently a fellow of the 2020-2021 Close Up Initiative Documentary Development Program with their second feature documentary I've Got the Power.
Ayşe Güleç is an educator, curator, and research-based activist working at the intersections of art, art education, anti-racism, migration, and community-based education and development. She has been part of the documenta fifteen curatorial team since 2019. From 1998 to 2016 she worked at the socio-cultural center Schlachthof and was responsible for migration and local, regional and European cultural networking. In 2007, she developed the documenta 12 advisory board and subsequently became the group's spokesperson. In 2012, as a member of the dOCUMENTA (13) Maybe Education Group, she trained art mediators* for the exhibition. From 2016 to 2017, she was the director of Community Liaison for documenta 14, making connections between artists* and socio-political contexts and coordinating The Society of Friends of Halit as part of Parliament of Bodies for the exhibition and public program. From 2018 to 2019, she led the art education department at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.
She is part of the Initiative 6. April.
Ece Gürleyik is a Ph.D. student in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is currently researching the ontological connection of historical norms of representation of marginalized people during the formation of the Republic of Turkey and the continuation of these violent norms under the Erdogan and AKP regime on media and the public/online sphere.
Gürleyik is also keen on exploring the imperial infrastructure of US-based globally operating social media corporations and how they meet with repressive governments' soft power strategies and national agendas. Her line of research is within Turkey, Kurdistan, and generally the Middle East.
She loves to dance and go on walks. She also misses dancing in crowds so badly.
Feven Keleta lives, writes and works in Berlin.
During her studies in American Studies and Ethnology, she began to engage more intensively with the intersection of Afrofuturisms and Black Cool in Black music.
In her work as a freelance journalist and on her blog afronaut.space, she addresses these topics and discusses current pop cultural phenomena from a Black feminist perspective.
Arootin’s main focus is the use of art as a thinking-system to address hegemonic conditions in forms of listening, observing, speaking and manipulating. Arootin's practice engages with the intersection of perception, language, intimacy, norms, culture and aesthetics – the in-between, the un_said, the in_visible and moments that require a sense of embarrassment, discomfort and belonging.
In mediatory and educational processes Arootin is seeking to elaborate and situate grammars of tenacity, integrity and responsibility as tools for action and resistance.
All of the above is always to be understood within spaces of togetherness.
Elif Muhit is an independent photo-journalist from Istanbul, currently living in Mainz. Muhit is especially interested in social events and their consequences. In her photography, she tries to reflect the social problems in an artistic approach. Muhit regularly takes part in protests and demonstrations in the area of Frankfurt. Her latest project with a colleague is an interview with the father of one of the victims of the Hanau attack; The Story of Villi Viorel Păun – The Hanau Hero.
Originally from the Rhine-Main area – Mainz to be precise – Neromun has been moving musically through different names, places and genres for around 10 years. While he was known as Loki from Luk&Fil and Negroman for his clever battlerap, which is more pinpricks than punches, Neromun now experiments with US southern sound and contemporary RnB like hardly any other German-speaking musician. Always with a smile that gets stuck in your throat, walking on the head, imagining the sky as an abyss below.
Aleyna Osmanoğlu was born in Munich in 1998 and is currently studying biology and chemistry at Ludwigs-Maximilians University in Munich. Besides her studies, she is interested in music, sports and photography. In 2019, she took on one of the two leading roles in Cana Bilir Meier's film This makes me want to predict the past.
Growing up near the U.S. Army Base in Schweinfurt, Germany, the son of a G.I. from New Orleans and a German-Austrian, JuJu Rogers uses his musical expression to explore his roots and what they mean to him in his postcolonial reality.
His sound is inspired and influenced by various eras of Black music culture. Carried by this, he addresses personal questions about identity, spirituality and political imperatives. His latest album 40 Acres N Sum Mula is a radical statement against the imperialist and capitalist status quo and a formulation of his personal concept of Afrofuturism.
Gözde studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at Oxford and Peace and Conflict Studies in Frankfurt (Main). Gözde mainly researches and works on racist murders and attacks in present-day Germany and the commemoration of them. In addition, Gözde is also politically engaged, for example by co-organising memorial events or translations. Furthermore, Gözde co-founded the feminist association Lautere Mittel in Frankfurt, which supports victims of sexualised violence.
Sosuna Yıldız, born in Munich in 1999, is currently at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich studying General and Comparative Literature as well as Art and Theatre Studies. In addition to her studies, she is also involved in painting. In 2019, she appeared in Cana Bilir-Meier's film This makes me want to predict the past and took on one of the two leading roles.