Foundland Collective


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    Foundland Collective was formed in 2009 by South African Lauren Alexander and Syrian Ghalia Elsrakbi and since 2014 is based between Amsterdam and Cairo.

    The duo collaboration explores under represented political and historical narratives by working with archives via art, design, writing, educational formats, video making and storytelling. Throughout their development, the duo has critically reflected upon what it means to produce politically engaged work from the position of non-Western artists working between Europe and the Middle East.

    Foundland was awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for research in the largest Arab American archive in 2015/2016 and was shortlisted for the Dutch Prix de Rome prize in 2015 as well as the Dutch Design Awards in 2016. In 2017 their short video, “The New World, Episode One” premiered at the Centre Pompidou, Paris and in 2018 was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The duo have lectured and exhibited widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East including at ISPC, New York, Ars Electronica, Linz, Impakt Festival and BAK, Utrecht, London Art Fair, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Fikra Biennial, Sharjah and Tashweesh Feminist Festival, Cairo and Brussels.

    Several of Foundland’s video works are preserved and distributed by the Dutch media art archive LIMA, Amsterdam.

    Ghalia Elsrakbi (1978, Damascus, SYR) was based in the Netherlands until 2014, before relocating to Cairo, Egypt where she teaches at the American University. After completing a Masters in Design at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, she followed a research post-graduate at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. (2010)

    Lauren Alexander (1983, Cape Town, ZAR) lives and works in Amsterdam. After completing a Masters in Design at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, she pursued an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) in Arnhem (2011). She tutors in the Graphic Design bachelor and master programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague (KABK), as well as at the University of the Underground, master programme at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.


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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands the

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  • Cairo, EG

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