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Meet the artists nominated by FOMU in 2023

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Futures Photography
Date: 22/11/2023
March 9, 2023
We are happy to announce another group of artists to join Futures this year. The nine artists were nominated through by FOMU: Brahim Tall, Emilio Azevedo, Eva Maria Bouillon, Kristof Thomas, Kwabena Sekyi Appiah-Nti, Luna Mahoux, Oxiea Villamonte, Sarah Stone and Yao Yuan.

They will join the platform’s activities to present their work to international professionals and to network, amongst other opportunities that will be developed for them, including exhibitions, publishing opportunities, portfolio reviews, and more.

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Brahim Tall

Brahim Tall (b. 19__) is a Brussels-based artist. Of Belgian, Dutch and Senegalese heritage, his practice studies the politics and expression of identity, as well as paying homage to nightlife and underground culture. With a BA from LUCA School Of Arts, Tall’s works combine photography with video, installation and elements of performance. Where his BA graduation project, Untitled, questioned his sense of identity as an artist, his later Tukuleur project – reflecting on the experience of coming from an ethnically-mixed household – took the form of a video.

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Emilio Azevedo

Emilio Azevedo (b. 19__) is a visual artist and photographer whose work studies the cultural and historical foundations of contemporary ecological crises. His current research – started at Arles’ Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Photographie and supported by a range of cultural institutions in France and Belgium – focuses on the ‘civilization’ process that took place in the Brazilian Amazon at the turn of the 20th century. At the intersection of official histories, erased memories and personal narratives, Azevedo’s work explores the ecological, social and spiritual mutations that this territory underwent.

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Eva Maria Bouillon

Eva Maria Bouillon (b. 1997) currently lives and works in Bruges, Belgium. In 2019, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Photography from the LUCA School of Arts, followed by a Master’s degree in 2020. Her work probes at the relationship between storytelling, family history and personal experience. In recent years, her work has featured in several group exhibitions and international film festivals.

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Kristof Thomas

Kristof Thomas’ (b. 1995, Belgium) work is radical and ruthless. Harsh colors, crisp images, manipulated to the unrecognizable. The visitor steps into montages of food and electrical wires, in unnaturally bright colors, chemically screaming, often digitally smeared and strongly edited. All indexical references are chopped and deconstructed, the work is much less about consumption than it is about the process. Not a traditional process, such as the analogue, which possesses the magical power of unpredictability. On the contrary, Thomas is in full control, he lets the beast sweat till it is down. He is not into magic but into sorcery. He creates artificial images, with no interest in reality as it manifests itself. His work is a confrontation with loops, errors and distortions that do not cause the system to fail but make it more flexible. He experiments, doubts his surroundings and tries out all his devices. He releases his work on paper, cardboard, sloppy, framed, sculptural, flat, on the floor, on the wall. Pushes out his uncertainty with cheeky confidence and leaves us guessing. Until we surrender and spin around the room.

Kristof Thomas received in 2019 a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from KASK The Royal academy of Fine arts Ghent, followed by a Visual Arts Master’s degree in 2022.

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Kwabena Sekyi Appiah-Nti

Kwabena Sekyi Appiah-nti (b. 1994) is a Belgian-Ghanaian photographer based in Amsterdam. Straddling the boundaries of documentary and fashion photography, his projects reveal a fascination for people who face societal prejudice, aspiring to cut through the clichés of stereotyped representation. Delving into his subjects’ worlds and observing their behaviours, Appiah-Nti documents their true essence; he describes ‘boyhood’ as the overarching theme in his work.

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Oxiea Villamonte

Oxiea Villamonte (b. 1995) was born in the USA and raised in the Netherlands. She holds both a BA and MFA in Photography from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Shortly after graduating, her book – Next of Kin – was published by Stockmans Art Books. Through self-portraits and archival material, the project presents the artist’s search for identity in Chicago, where her mother spent her formative years. More recently, Villamonte embarked on a 10-month journey through America by Amtrak, guided by photographs from her parents’ archive. Her work is highly personal, guided by a fascination with identity, and with the legacy of her upbringing in the choices she makes.

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Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone (b. 1994) is a British artist based in Antwerp, Belgium. Combining photography, collage and writing, her works reveal a careful attention to colour, shape and fabric – shaped by her background in fashion. Stone holds a Master’s degree from The Royal Academy of Arts Antwerp, where she was awarded the Photography department prize. Her images have been published in Der Greif and Subbacultcha, as well as in the self-published books The End of The Pipeline and ANNA. She has exhibited her collages in a group show at Antwerp’s Stieglitz19, where she currently works as a gallery assistant.

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Yao Yuan

Yao Yuan (b. 1988) is a non-binary photographer and designer born in Sichuan, China. Using documentation and staging, their photographic work expresses an intrinsic curiosity for intersectionality and spirituality. Their investigations explore the power of storytelling and dramaturgy for undoing the oppressive power of dominant norms, particularly those that relate to gender and sexuality. In recent years, the scope of Yuan’s work has expanded, addressing issues of environmental awareness, non-normative narratives surrounding motherhood, queer intimacy and representation.

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