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Meet the artists nominated by FOMU in 2024

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FUTURES
March 4, 2024
We are happy to announce another group of artists to join FUTURES this year. The artists were nominated by FOMU, they are: Nathan Mbouebe, Romain Cavallin, Marens van Leunen, Marcel Top, Ksenia Kuleshova, Elise Dervichian & Lina Wielant, and Catherine Lemblé.

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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Nathan Mbouebe was born in 1996 from an Italian mother and a Cameroonian father.  He grew up in a small post industrial town of Belgium where his grandparents as well as many other south Italian families emigrated to work in the coal mines.  He received his first camera from his father at 9 years old while visiting his family in Cameroon. From there, he starts documenting life around him, finding inspiration in the richness and texture of the communities that made him.  He wishes for his photography to be a modest look at his own experience of life.

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Romain Cavallin is a photographer. His documentary approach uses photography as a link between a habitat and its inhabitants, as well as between the inhabitants themselves. In so doing, he questions notions of territorial, social, architectural and industrial identity.  In 2020, he co-founded La Nombreuse ASBL, a cultural space in Saint-Gilles, Bruxelles dedicated to emerging and contemporary photography. Since 2019, he has been driving a truck transformed into a camera obscura to meet the inhabitants of northern France. He graduated from the BTS photo de Roubaix (fr) in 2015 and from ESA Le75 in 2018, where he has been teaching since 2023.

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Marens van Leunen (1994) is a Dutch visual artist, currently based in Antwerp. Her work explores different layers within the everyday. She is interested in objects and spaces and their quality to carry meaning and memories. The relationship between individuals and their home environment and the objects within this space is often a starting point of her work. She creates images with multiple layers by both observing and staging, using personal memories and her imagination.

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Marcel Top is a 26 years old Belgian visual artist and photographer.Alongside his traditional use of photography, Top also explores the limits and boundaries of the medium through his practice. In other words, he applies his documentary practice to his experi-mental work. Top has always been fascinated by the power of technology, by the ambiguity of its doublefaced nature. Breach of privacy, mass surveillance, and the collection of personal data are between Top’s recurring topics. Throughout the last year, the photographer rethought his practice to capture that part of technology he could not frame with a camera. By doing this, he was able to address his worries related to a future dominated by technology. Research represents a fundamental part of Top’s creative process; while creating, the artist constantly rethinks and readapts the original idea to the outcomes of his research. By doing this, he creates a space for the evolution and growth of his own work.

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Ksenia Kuleshova
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Ksenia Kuleshova is a photojournalist and visial artist based in Germany and Belgium. She has been featured in the British Journal of Photography as one of thirty-one women to watch (2018), as one of twenty rising women photojournalists by Artsy (2019), and as one of The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2022). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, DIE ZEIT, and De Standaard, and she is the author of Ordinary People (The New Press).

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Elise Dervichian & Lina Wielant are two Belgian artist-photographers based in Brussels. They have a history of collaborating but launched a new project together in 2020. Studying at ESA le 75 from 2015 to 2018, Elise Dervichian deepened herself into the reportage style. Towards the end of her studies, she worked as an assistant curator at La cité des Arts in Saint Denis, Réunion Island. Her work is focused on documentary photography, working on societal subjects such as rape culture or the Armenian diaspora in Belgium. Lina Wielant graduated from Sint Lukas Hogeschool Brussel, where she primarily focused on analogue darkroom techniques, with a predilection for editing photo-books. In August 2022 she participated in a residency at DecorAtelier, (Brussels) with the organisation Dis Mon Nom, which aims to shed light on invisibilised people. Together, Elise Dervichian and Lina Wielant combine analogue and digital photography, mainly through staged self-portraits and photo-montages. 

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Catherine Lemblé (b. 1990, Belgium) is a pho­tog­ra­ph­er based in Brussels. She received her MA in pho­tog­ra­phy from Luca School of Arts Brussels. Her first book Cabin Fever was self-pub­lished in 2019. Her ana­log medi­um for­mat images depict the ever-chang­ing rela­tion­ship between man and the natural world.

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