Wasim Ghrioui

During 2018/2019 Wasim Ghrioui is participating in our residency programme Zu Gast bei Urbane Künste Ruhr. Born in 1981 in Damascus, Syria, he is a multidisciplinary artist working in the visual arts, literature, music, directing and film. From 1998 to 2011 he worked full-time in mosaic art and participated in group and solo exhibitions in Syria, the Arab world and also internationally. In 2012 he left Syria because of the on-going war, and since 2013 has been living and working in Berlin. His current artistic focus is on autobiographical writing that also encompasses both experimental theatre and filmmaking. For the last two years he has been teaching 'Artist Training for Professionals' at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He is also one of the principal artists in the Trickmish team, giving art classes at several German high schools. In the participatory art performance TIN PIT, Ghrioui focuses on personal stories from life in Syria before the revolution. The piece has already been shown in its original form in Braunschweig, Hildesheim, Göttingen, Hannover and in several other cities. It is currently touring Germany.

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