Foundland Collective

Foundland Collective, The New World, Episode 1, 2017, video still.

About the work

Formed in 2009 by South African, Lauren Alexander (Cape Town, 1983) and Syrian, Ghalia Elsrakbi (Damascus, 1978) Foundland Collective and is today based between Amsterdam and Cairo. The platform enables us to explore shared research desires through art, design, writing, education and multidisciplinary collaboration. Foundland was awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for research in the largest Arab American archive in 2015/2016 and shortlisted for the Dutch Prix de Rome prize in 2015 and Dutch Design Awards in 2016. Exhibitions include Cosmopolis, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); My future is in my past and my past is my present, Arti and Amicitiae, Amsterdam (2017) and A basement in the attic, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels (2017).

About the collective

Ghalia Elsrakbi (1978, Damascus, SYR) was based in the Netherlands until 2014, before relocating to Cairo, Egypt where she teaches at the American University. After completing a Masters in Design at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, she followed a research post-graduate at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. (2010)

Lauren Alexander (1983, Cape Town, ZAR) lives and works in Amsterdam. After completing a Masters in Design at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, she pursued an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) in Arnhem (2011). She tutors in the Graphic Design bachelor and master programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague (KABK), as well as at the University of the Underground, master programme at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.