Next August 25th, at 9pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios’ night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Mirel Torun (Sydney/Izmir), Andrea Peña (Bogotá / Montreal), Carol Rashawnna (Washington), María Velasco (Madrid / Kansas), Clara J: son Borg (Jönköping / Rotterdam), Amélie Créac’h (Seoul / Nantes) and Sofian Jouini (Nantes).

The main interest among them is the understanding of choreography, what provoques it on an unconscious level, and how much our body movement is defined by its surroundings.
Some other artists are working around the subjectivity of the local inhabitants or of their own, working with techniques as sculpture, photography or textile art.


Andrea Peña (Bogotá / Montreal)

Andrea Peña is a Colombian, Montreal based, multidisciplinary artist within the fields of choreography and design. Her works are focused on the creation of critical, alternative, performative and spatial.
Universes that question the individual within society, to bring about a consciousness of self within the public and audience. Artistic Director of Andrea Peña & Artists, founded in 2014, the dance company is recognized nationally and internationally, touring locally and abroad.
Peña’s work has been commissioned by Montreal’s prestigious Musee des Beaux Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture, Laval Symphony Orchestra, the 375th Anniversary of Montreal, amongst others.

Commercially, Andrea has worked for top Montreal fashion brand RUDSAK as Creative Director, spearheading the company’s full visual direction and creative content channels. Peña is currently undergoing a masters at Concordia University starting September 2017, awarded the Dora and Avi Morrow Fellowship for Excellent Achievement in Visual Arts. Academically Peña has worked with Concordia Chair of Design Department, PK Langshaw for an extensive exhibition presented at the FOFA Gallery in 2016 and has been the recipient of two Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Awards. Peña is a TA within the Masters Engineering Department, for courses focused on Critical Design and Innovation. Her artistic creations have been supported by artistic residencies from Topological Media Lab Concordia, Hexagram Concordia, Circuit- Est Centre Choreographic Residency, Ionion Arts Center Greece, FIDCDMX in Mexico.

Peña’s creations are financially funded through grants from Conseil Des Arts et Lettres Du Quebec and Canada Arts Council.

Carol Rashawnna (Washington)
Currently, in America, politics ARE the stage of ‘real tv drama’s’, in which she finds herself confused by the current state of our cultural environment.
Concerned about her country being more focused on capitalism than concerned about climate change. Every day, she feels like waking out of a dream and go to bed to a global nightmare. As an African American, the state of what’s occurring there, ie. the displacement of the ‘African American’, through a silent erasure and elimination (contemporary genocide) via legislation, doctrine of abortion, the prison industrial complex, killings by police, gentrification and food deserts, she feels an urgency to leave the country to gain a clearer perspective of her role as
an artist. While migro-agressions in her country are getting worse, she is interested in the common good.

As an artist who deeply cares about the environment, she would like to utilize her time in Spain to slow down, explore her relationship to the land and learn about the river Segura that runs through Blanca. She is willing to do a project focused on climate change, the people and culture in that area.
Her medium are painting/mono-prints and installations, also interested eco-and land art, or art that is regenerative she would love to develop eco-art with mono-print installation.

María Velasco (Madrid / Kansas)
María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the US since 1991.
Her works consists of ephemeral interventions in nature in a way that is emphatically corporeal described as earth-body art. A sculptural practice involving private performances striving for a communion between body, nature and art. Her human-scale works explores the links between humanness and the natural world but rarely use her body as a literal
representation of herself. She deals with body art, photography, video and performance. Composing interventions visually and sculpturally while seeking to know through direct experience the essential, sacred nature of the cosmos.

She has shown her work nationally and internationally in prestigious contemporary art venues such all around USA like in Minneapolis, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Kansas City, Saint Joseph, or NY.
Internationally, she has exhibited in Madrid, Paraguay Darmstadt, Mexico, Argentina and Morocco.
Her work appears in prestigious publications. She was Artist-in-Residence at Sculpture Space (2007) and International Artist-in-Residence at ProyectoAce, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012). In 2016, she was Artist-in-Residence at Green Olive Arts, in Tetouan, Morocco.
Velasco received her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (1989), and her Master of Fine Arts in New Genre from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1993). She is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of Kansas, and teaches courses in Installation Art, Drawing, Participatory Art, and Professional Practices for artists

Clara J:son Borg (Jönköping / Rotterdam)

Clara J:son Borg is a Swedish artist based in Rotterdam (NL). Her artistic research is directed towards ontologies surrounding the human body, its possible performance strategies, political subjects and post-dance theories. Though movements experimentation, spoken word, video and text she sets up situations in which cognitive, emotional and kinetic processes are able to enact and fit loosely to one another. An act and a looseness, which she understands as an invitation to observe elements of interpersonal relationships, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies.

Clara holds a BA from HDK Steneby, Gothenburg University (SE, 2012) and an MA from The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (NL,2016). She has been a resident the XXI CSAV-Artist Laboratory
Materials for performance, led by Yvonne Rainer, Fondoazione Ratti, Como
(IT), Body as Site, Banff Centre, Banff (CAN) and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO). Her work has recently been showed at Yellow Brick, Athens (GR), 13festivalen, Gothenburg (SE) ONONO, Rotterdam (NL), Österängens Konsthall, Jönköping (SE), Now&After international video festival, Moscow (RUS), de Appel, Amsterdam (NL), and Oktoberdans2016, Bergen (NO).

Clara is granted by CBK Rotterdam and by Mondriaan Fund in the Netherlands.

Amélie Créac’h (Seoul / Nantes)
When asked about her first memories as an architect, Amélie invariably answers, “a painter’s studio and a dance studio.” Indeed she was introduced to these two disciplines from an early age. Painting taught her to pay close attention to light and color, while dance enabled her from very early on to experiment with the relationship between the body and space-time.
After spending a year in a college-prep scientific course, she was accepted into the architecture program of the Institute of Applied Sciences in Strasbourg. From then on, her career bears witness to a constant interest in research, habitat and urban issues. In 2008 she presented her architectural graduation dissertation project on the renewal of a working-class neighborhood in Brest, which she developed in collaboration with a local association of artists.
She worked for several town-planning agencies and placed in charge of widely varying projects such as neighborhood creation in the major cities, regulatory studies for rural and urban towns and urban renovation projects. She then joined the Sophie Delhay architecture agency where she coordinated teams and the follow-up of experimental collective housing projects.
She settled in Nantes in 2016 where she divides her time between exploring the coastal and island regions of the world (Asia Tour, Learning from Hawai’i) and following up her first projects for individual housing and interior design.

Supported by Institut Français and Ville de Nantes.

Sofian Jouini (Nantes)
Born in Nantes, Sofian spent the first seven years of his life in Tunis, then moved to France. In 1999 he follow in the footsteps of his elder brother and joined a hip-hop dance school. With other enthusiasts, he formed the KLP company. The first performances were written collectively.
In 2008 he wrote Insolents Solistes with Brice Bernier. In 2011 he wrote Tour of Duty, a plunge into the heart of the history of New York and hip-hop. The piece was first performed in Nantes, followed by a run at Paris’ Théâtre des Abbesses and eventually in the United States. On the strength of this momentum, the following season he produced a dance concert featuring the KLP dancers and the BackPack Jax musicians and rappers, performed in the United States.
After a few more years with the group, Sofian continues to experiment on his own. He is especially fascinated by the relationship with constructed space and the bonds he can create between body and mind. In 2015 he worked with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes to develop a fairground set-up for the performing arts.
In 2016 he began the Natures project, inspired as a reaction to the growing alienation of individuals’ mobility in their everyday lives, sedentary lifestyles and the extreme rationalization of ways of life. He uses this project to explore the capabilities of contemporary human bodies – his own, of course, but also those of the public and the dancers he meets in workshops.

Supported by Institut Français and Ville de Nantes.

Mirel Torun (Sydney / Izmir)

Mirel Torun is an artist living and working in Izmir, Turkey. Born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from Department of Performing Arts. Worked as editor and editor in chief in the editorial department of several plastic and visual arts magazines. Worked as visual consultant at Theater Madrasah. Did visual studies for 3 months on body, voice and effects of space-use on movement. Works on body and movement for a decade. Gave lectures on improvisation techniques. Was the art director for a solo stage performance composed of a collection of Charles Baudelaire’s poems in Izmir French Cultural Centre . Exhibitions and Residencies “7”, İzmir State Kültürpark Art and Sculpture Museum, 2014 “Small Worlds”, Installation of “2kg flour bag” curated by Stefan Bohnenberger, K2 Contemporary Art Center, İzmir, 2015. Non-invasive species, group exhibition, in Guadeloupe, Mogadishou and Minneapolis, 2016 Body, Object and Space, The Boiler Film Club, New York, 2016 Beetime Artist Residency Scholarship and Exhibition, Santa Lucia, Vejer de la Frontera, October, 2016 Art Quarter Budapest Artist Residency, April 2017. Participating Art Budapest Week Open Studio. Arteles Art Residency in Finland Scholarship, July 2017. Participating Open Studio. ALSO Poetic story called Milk Shake aired on Ege FM.