MARKITDOWN - part 2/5
''GEVLUCHTE KUNST: Creative collective & on/off line art platform collaborates with newcomers and people with a refugee background in the Netherlands. 5 talented artists and creatives are offered a stage in this exhibition, portraying their art and themselves. Simone van Ommen believes in a positive representation and walks the talk with inspired action.''
BRANDO QUIN, MUSIC ARTIST FROM VENEZUELA
My name is Brando Quintero and I am originally from Venezuela. I have been making music for 2 years now and this year I want to release my own album. I focus on Trap-, RnB- and Rapmusic. My biggest dream is that a lot of people can feel a connection with my songs. My life motto is: ‘Never stop dreaming.’
ALEX FIRESTAR, TATTOO ARTIST FROM SYRIA
My name is Alex Firestar and I am originally from Syria. At the moment tattooing is just a hobby of mine, but in 1 year I will start a professional tattoo study. My inspirations for my work are ancient design techniques, spirituality and human beauty desires. My life motto is: ‘Nothing really matters, if you are feeling stressed, read a book!’
OMAR BADJI, PHOTOGRAPHER FROM SENEGAL
My name is Omar Badji and I am originally from Senegal. I have been a photographer for 4 years and I get my inspiration from nature and people around me. My biggest dream is that a lot of people will see my photos and be inspired by them. My life motto is: ‘Everyone deserves freedom, enjoy it everday.’
AHOO SHAHIDY, TATTOO ARTIST FROM AFGHANISTAN
My name is Ahoo Shahidy and I am originally from Afghanistan. I left my country because it was not save anymore. I was the first female tattoo artist in the country and had my own studio there. I would like to be the first
female Afghan tattoo artist in the Netherlands.
RABIEA ALSHIKKADOR, ARTIST FROM SYRIA
My name is Rabiea Alshikkador and I am originally from Syria. As a self-taught artist I focus on themes such as trauma, pain and general psychological distress that most refugees have been through. I speak up about political injustice and the reality in Syria and hope that people with similar
trauma’s can recognize themselves in my paintings.