Past Residents

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Past Resident
2015: Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel

Zeinab Shahidi Marnani

Shahidi Marnani’s recent work aims to facilitate dialogue concerning the issue of time. She employs alternative methods to create dialogue through the medium of text and video, applying the specifications of time-based media.

Zeinab Shahidi Marnani was born in Isfahan, Iran and she lives and works in Tehran. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2011 and her BFA from The Tehran University in 2007. She has shown her work at The Print Shop, MoMA PS1, New York; Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; Devi Art Foundation, India; Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran; design transfer gallery (UDK), Berlin; Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran; The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin; PØST, Los Angeles; and Regina Rex, New York.

Past Resident
2015: Fondazione Spazio13

Silvia Giambrone

Silvia Giambrone uses conceptual art to illustrate her own social commentary with a focus on the relation between subject and power. Through several media including performance, installation, sculpture and sound, Giambrone explores body practices and contemporary gender politics making viewers aware of the silent and hidden ways power enters everyday life and affects relationships.

Silvia Giambrone (born 1981, Agrigento, Italy) lives and works in Rome. She is co-founder of the 26cc artist space in Rome. Her exhibitions include Pandora’s Box, Barcelona Contemporary Culture Center, Madrid, 2009; Eurasia, Mart, Rovereto, 2009; Qui vive? Moscow Biennale of young artists, Mosco, 2010; Flyers, Oncena Biennal, Havana, 2012; Re-generation, Macro, Rome, 2012; Autoritratti. Iscrizioni del femminile nell’arte italiana contemporanea, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, 2013; Mediterranea 16, Ancona, 2013; Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania, 2013; Let it go, American Academy in Rome, 2013. Her awards received include the Collectors for Celeste Prize, 2014 and the Premio Epson, 2009.

Anne Sommer

 Specializing in the design of play and educational objects, Anne Sommer has devoted her research to the world of children. Her label, Spielmode, was inspired while Sommer was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room watching a five-year old boy playing with a colored wooden tower; the only available toy in the kid’s corner. Sommer thought that there ought to be individual toys for children. Every child should have the opportunity to keep a toy, appropriate to his or her age, on hand at any time. She subsequently launched a fashion line with integrated toys for children.

Anne Sommer (born 1983 in Berlin, Germany) moved to Halle to study Design of Playing and Learning and later studied fashion design at the Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño Valencia, Spain. Sommer graduated from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in 2013. Recent presentations and exhibitions include Interactive Kidsfotos, Designhaus Halle, 2014; spielhochvier, Designhaus Halle, 2013; Fantitastisch, Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, 2013; Brücke-Catwalk, Lange Nacht der Kultur, Kleinmachnow, 2013. Awards include Hugo Junkers Prize, 2013 and Scidea Ideenwettbewerb, 2013.