Qais Assali & Giselle Mira Diaz
Qais Assali is a visual artist and educator. He has worked as a faculty at several academic institutions in Palestine. Assali spent his childhood growing up in the Arab Gulf before he moved back to Nablus where he was born. This created a complex combination in his personality represented in his work. Assali’s work has been internationally exhibited such as at Jeune création, Paris (2016), solo exhibition at Akademirommet/Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015), Tiradentes, Brazil (2016), Khan Al Wakala, Nablus (2016). Assali is currently doing two masters programs: MAAE at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA at Bard College.
Giselle Mira-Diaz is an interdisciplinary visual artist of Colombian decent. Giselle’s work explores women’s representation in the media, the complexity of immigration, hybrid cultures, heritage and identity. Her passion is to promote equality and social justice through her collaborative art practice.
Giselle has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Ontario College of Art and Design University and is currently working on her Master of Art in Art Education at School of Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited photography and video work in several international exhibitions such as Museo de Arte Cotemporaneo Buenos Aires (Argentina), Gallery Nykyaika Taidesuunnistus (Finland), Art Center Kunstquartier Bethanien (Germany), Osaka University of Arts (Japan), Gallery 44, The Drake Hotel, Artscape Youngplace, Gallery 44, (Canada), and most recently as part of the European Month of Photography, as part of the OFF Festival In Bratislava, Slovakia.
Open studio [+] is...
Not only as artists, but also as art educators, we would like to introduce the following events, workshops and open studio visits. We believe that art residencies are a space for artists to grow and expand their art practice, but also a space where the community can be engaged and create a dialogue. Our goal is to open the space by being more engaged with the public. We are interested in the experience of educating as process-based art, teaching and learning as a form of making. We want to open our studio to the public so they become our teachers, not only as a form of challenging the hierarchy of education but valuable tool for our art making.