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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Here and

KASK, Ghent

March 9th 2023

Tashattot Collective in collaboration with KASK Cinema will be hosting a film night ‘Here and There’ curated by Yara Al Chehayed  with films from Arabic-speaking artists residing in Europe and North America. Based on the theme Tashattot (Arabic for dispersion), the films address the intersection between migration, identity and belonging, of living here but longing for there. The films talk about memories, roots, cities and families in an attempt to draw a sense of home.


Seated Roots
Cindy Chehab

Lebanon/Cyprus • Duration 15 mins

Sugar Cage

Zeina Qahwaji

Syria/Belgium • Duration 60 mins

Sandjak / Houbout
Chantal Partamian

 Lebanon/Canada • Duration 9:30/2:25

Avant d’oublier Héliopolis
Valentin Noujaim

 Egypt/France  Duration 22 mins

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