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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The time it took you to realize it was a dream

KIOSK, Ghent

March 18th-19th 2023

Tashattot Collective invites artist Stephanie Kayal to perform in the orange circle of the Tashattot exhibition on the occasion of the last weekend of the show.

“The time it took you to realize it was a dream” is the first in a series of live installations by Stephanie Kayal, in which she visits the notion of temporality. While aiming to maintain a continuous line of tension between her body, the space, and the spectator, this work is an occurrence that does not represent an imposed dialogue, but rather a balance between a variation of detailed patterns, and an almost stillness; a supernatural phenomenon. It can be received lightly, it can be received tragically; it is meant to be both.

This project is made possible with the generous support of the Flemish government, KIOSK and the City of Ghent.