Moritz Jekat photography
@Maiirare (Maii Hamada – They/Them)
Maii Hamada is a single parent currently based in Berlin. Though they have no formal art education, they practice connectedness and exploration of individuality in society through crochet, writing, graphics and image-manipulation, and meme-culture.
Growing up in Los Angeles then moving to Japan in their teen years heavily influenced their perspective of beingness and accomplishment. This initially motivated them to pursue social engagement and community work through “Long Beach United”, a non-profit-initiative which strove to channel action into change.
@blossomism_ (Shokoufeh Eftekhar – She/They)
Shokoufeh Eftekhar is a multi-disciplinary artist and social worker from Iran. They currently study Media Art at Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), Germany. Since 2021 they are a member of Kotti-Shop project space in Kottbusser Tor, Berlin,
As they lived in several cities and the fact that she’s grown up with technology, led her to often identify themselves as a blue circle moving on a map, changing locations and seeking for answers of her questions. Their artworks are based on the process
of her way to finding these temporary answers. Dealing mainly with the experiences of our digital bodies, the illusions of impermanence
and virtual identity.
@Moritz.jekat (Moritz Jekat – He/They)
Moritz Jekat is a visual artist from Germany who studies in the Master program of Photography at ECAL in Lausanne (CH) from September 2021. Partnered with Maii Hamada in an open and queer realtionship, his studies geographically separated them and made him assess relationships and living through virtual spheres. His work explores the context of emotions, human experience and the interconnectivity of individuals in machine influenced environments.
@kani_lent (Kani Lent – They/Them)
@yaya.bones (Bones – They/He/Fae)
@cihancakmak_ (Cihan Cakmak – She/They)
Cihan Çakmak has been studying photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig since 2017. Since 2021 she is enrolled as an advanced level student of Prof. Tina Bara. Cihan holds a Bachelor degree in Photography from the Fachhochschule Dortmund. Relevant stages in her artistic development so far include an artist residency in Marrakesh, a study exchange at the IADE - Creative University Lisbon and a class participation at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Cihan works mainly with the themes oppression, trauma, body and (collective) emotions. Cihan lives and works in Leipzig.
@gabrielcautain (Gabriel Cautain – He/Him)
Gabriel Cautain lives and works in London. He makes installations, photographs and videos.
His intimate and sometimes disturbing works deal with issues of isolation and the desire for connection. Exploring themes of intimacy and queer identity, his practice investigates the limits of the visible and of memory. By questioning the division between the realm of remembrance and experience, he incorporates personal narratives within universal contexts. His work manages to be both seductive in its simplicity and metaphysical in the way it elevates the mundane to something estranged.
@bindiram (Noah – They/Them)
Noah Gokul is a Queer multidisciplinary artist and educator from Oakland, CA here to create liberated worlds through art, storytelling, and sound. They work primarily with sound, blending Soca, Indian folk, House, and experimental noise to create expansive, multi-genre music. They also work with film, writing, performance art, and video. Through their work, they seek to create spaces of radical imagination and possibility at intersections of art, healing, and liberation.
@yuna.lee.pfau (Yuna Lee Pfau )
ReKin aims to implement an artistic dialogue that deals with Kin, Identity, Community, Culture and the Creation and Production of art itself. This project proposal aims on bringing together the unknown and using collective creativity to challenge capital focused work ethics and art practices. The hyper individualism which we had thought to be salvation has now come into question. We want to examine the collective umbilical cord by seeking solutions and experimenting with alternative ideas of unity and kinship. In this, ReKin wants to discuss the authorship of a single art work and the surrounding community. Multiple artists of multiple origins creating one work, one kin, one collective authorship. Artistic practice as a research for new blueprints of our societal practice.
For this we will present our work at „Photo Schweiz“ with a collectively developed, cloud based art piece. Stepping back as egos, while still being present and valid within a group of young international individuals from different countries, continents, cultures. The outcome of ReKin will be the presentation of a video and photo installation at „Photo Schweiz“ (06.–10. January), one of Switzerland‘s biggest commercial photo fairs. ReKin was offered a free spot to present their work there, which now will be used to open this space up to this collective debate of new ideas.
ReKin is a collective art project initiated by eleven artists on the 22nd of October 2022. It investigates the state of being on the verge of something unknown. Whether this is good or bad, we can be certain that we will all emerge changed. Established systems of society are undergoing stress tests and everything and everyone is in question. We are realizing that we can no longer rely on those systems alone and the need to imagine one differently designed. ReKin started an exchange about this with 9 artists from multiple situations and cultures, coming from the initiators circle of „kin“ and „kin‘s kin“ (kin in terms of being connected).