AR-Artist Bios

Only bios (not welcome posts for new residents) that will go to people’s category on re-aligned website

IA Resident – Ali Saad

Ali Saad (1996) is an Iraqi musician born into a large musical family in Baghdad. Many of his family members have been famous and respected musicians in the Arab world. He learned singing techniques from his uncles, and sings both … Continue reading

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IA Resident – Gulled Simba

  Gulled Simba aka SIMBA is a Somali pop musician who has been based in Finland since 2014. Simba was born in 1995 in the Somali city Kismaayo, where he nurtured a passion for music from a young age. Impressively, … Continue reading

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AR- Safe Haven Helsinki Resident – Angela Aldebs

  Angela Aldebs (1995) is a dancer and performance artist born and based in Damascus, Syria. She has collaborated with a number of Syrian artists on contemporary dance and theatrical performances in both Damascus and Beirut. After attending the Damascus Ballet … Continue reading

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AR-Safe Haven Berlin Resident – Lil Baliil

  Salad Ali, aka Lil Baliil, is a Somali musician, songwriter and performer from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a leading artist in East Africa and a key figure in Somali Afro Pop. Lil Baliil strives to empower and inspire Somali … Continue reading

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AR Residents Grammo Suspect – Rainbow Ambassador Kenya and Timeka Suspect

Grammo Suspect – Rainbow Ambassador Kenya is a rapper, spoken-word poet, activist and the founder of Rainbow Talent Kenya, a project which aims to uplift the voices of marginalised LGBTQI+ groups in Kenya. Timeka Suspect is a music video producer … Continue reading

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AR-ER Resident Mohamed Jawad Husein Hameed

Mohamed Jawad Husein Hameed is a Bahraini musician, singer and human rights and environmental activist. As a resident of Ma’ameer, a village in the Kingdom of Bahrain that is surrounded by over 130 polluting factories, industrial workshops, petroleum and petrochemical … Continue reading

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Former AR Resident – Benjamin Abras

AR Resolution Council Decision concerning Benjamin Abras and his repeated breaches of ethical standards. Artists at Risk (AR) supported, funded and hosted Benjamin Abras from August 2019 in Morocco, in Tunisia for more than a year, and through April 2021 in … Continue reading

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IA-Resident Munish Wadhia

Munish Wadhia (Kenya) is a painter who uses displacement as an artistic strategy, dislocating and deconstructing imagery and artefacts from his cultural ancestry. His practice functions as an investigative tool that aims to unlock threads of history, while resisting confrontational … Continue reading

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Bio Fatoş İrwen

See Artists at Risk (AR)’s Campaign for the release and just treatment of Fatoş İrwen Related: Fatoş İrwen was a participant in: The AR Pavilion Berlin: Mutatis Mutandis Documentation: The Artists at Risk (AR) Pavilion Berlin: Mutatis Mutandis AR PAVILION … Continue reading

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AR Resident – Kholod Hawash

Kholod Hawash is a self-taught textile artist, born in Albasra, Iraq, in 1977. Her work is inspired by the heritage and archeological landscapes of the region she is from. Its bold symbols and forms convey strong local narratives. Due to … Continue reading

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