I’m an artist, curator and DJ and am currently based in The Hague (NL). I graduated the BA Modern and Contemporary Art History from Utrecht University in 2018 and completed my BA Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts The Hague. My artistic practice stems from a position of in-betweenness – a space embedded within separated cultural histories.
In my artistic practice I make works that embody long lost memories, which I translate into immersive installations and sculptures. My works can be characterized by a play with fragrances, colors, symbols and habits of different cultural heritages. By using simple and widely accessible materials in atmospheres that have seemingly outgrown them, I allow my different senses of home to come together.
I work as freelance curator and am part of (A)WAKE, a non-profit art foundation founded by Shirin Mirachor and based in Rotterdam (NL), that initiates and hosts cultural programs that navigate between arts and politics. Recent projects include New Radicalism, a multidisciplinary digital arts festival centered around the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and her diasporas. New Radicalism is a platform for alternative artistic voices who challenge western stereotypes about the MENA and its cultures. We facilitate(d) an exhibition program (e.g. digital installations, video art, photography and interdisciplinary art), a context program (lectures, panel talks and workshops), a music program and education program that represent the many young and emerging MENA creatives.
I curated Queering the Church–a one-night site-specific intervention in which queer and queer-ally artists were invited to reclaim the space of the church though performances, spoken word and music, in the Lourdeskerk (The Hague, 2018). In collaboration with curator Mini Maxwell I supported the formulation of Queer Bodies – a performance art event in Korzo Theater (The Hague, 2019). Currently I’m part of beuys bois, a newly born international artist collective running a queer space in The Hague together with The Hang-Out 070. We archive, organize and facilitate. With our community driven cultural programs, we aim to facilitate lasting connections between the art world and the LGBTQI+-community and expand the existing network of queer creatives through commissions and exchanges.
Under my DJ name Fatima Ferrari, I blend Middle Eastern motifs with dancehall, vogue, Jersey and Baltimore club. I have played in clubs throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Recent sets include; Atlas Electronic (MA, 2019), Mundi Festival (IT, 2019) and EURABIA (ADE, NL, 2019).