Tashattot (Arabic for dispersion) is an art collective based in Belgium dedicated to supporting visual artists, musicians, film makers and cultural practitioners at large, originally from the SWANA region and currently “dispersed” in Europe. The collective aims at creating opportunities, collaborations, commissions and securing funding for these expatriate artists.

The word tashattot and its English equivalents scattering/dispersion, define the collective in both the literal sense of the word (pertaining to the description of the individuals scattered around the world, far from their homelands), as well as its metaphorical sense which relates to the scattering and dispersion of ideas and ways of thinking, as the word in Arabic is oftentimes used to describe the wandering of the thoughts (tashattot al afkar or scattered thoughts).

Tashattot is a work in progress and a newly launched collective with a fluid and evolving set of actions. It currently is and will always remain open to new ideas and experiences; continuously building on lessons learned and with practice. The collective strongly believes in the efficiency of open discussions, as the only way to grow and better address SWANA expat artists needs and aspirations, it therefore remains open to revi
ews, critiques, evaluations or any opinions related to its mechanisms.

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5amaseen [xæmæsiːn]: Egy. Arabic, dusty, heavy winds which arrive in spring.
Inspired by bass and club music, 5amaseen forges his sound between pounding kicks, quick percussive syncopated patterns, distorted breaks, with a touch of noise/glitch.
In addition to some heavily distorted guitar riffs and odd time signatures, he is inspired by the sonic identity of his birthplace, especially from mahraganat to folkloric music of Upper Egypt and beyond.

Sarah Zeryab:
Sarah Zeryab is a Palestinian artist and filmmaker whose work spans various forms of media, with a focus on video art and performance. Her practice revolves around narrating and re-narrating the affective and aesthetic materializations of loss, statelessness, resistance, and exile. Sarah’s drive to share music, sonic pieces, and lyrics aims to evoke imagery for listeners, reflecting the themes of her artistic practice.

This concert is made possible thanks to the joint efforts of Globe Aroma, Tashattot Collective and Volta.