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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An Interactive talk on the theme of Belonging and Migration

KIOSK, Ghent

March 16th 2023

What is belonging? What is the difference between inclusion and belonging? How can those concepts help us and do we need these definitions? Does belonging mean the same for everyone? How can art help us to grasp these concepts?

Researcher Yasmine Kaied will start the evening by framing concepts such as diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and the way they relate to each other.

Afterwards, artist Mekhitar Garabadian will guide us through his work into his vision of belonging and the influence of migration on someone's identity.

The evening will be captured by artists Karen Keyrouz and Nour Hifaou.

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