Oslo 2011 DREAMCATCHER! Artefacting Lillestrom

Alex White-Mazzarella is the Founding Director and Manager of Artefacting. An artist & urbanist he sparked Artefacting as an initiative in utilizing art, collaboration and positivity as means of building community and engaging the pressing social and cultural issues at the community level. With courage, multiculturalism and global insight in hand, Alex is passionate about bringing diverse audiences together. Through Artefacting he conducts artistic interventions from the inside of a community out to spawn fresh perspective, possibilities and boost social cohesion.

He received his BA in economics at Clark University (2002) and studied Urban Planning & Architecture at Portland State University and Universidad Politecnica de Barcelona. He developed the Central Waterfront Planning and Design Competition as the Program Manager of Designing Hong Kong before moving to New York City to work as an artist - training under Hugo Bastidas, Phillip Sherrod and Larry Poons at the Art Students League. His work is in private collections in the USA, Europe and India and he exhibits regularly in New York City. www.lamazza.com is his personal website.

Iosu López was born in Pamplona, Spain and immigrated to Madrid at 22 years old after completing his collegiate studies in Audiovisual Communications at Pamplona’s University of Navarra. He worked with a range of media at some of the most important news sources of the country: TVE, Antena 3, Telecinco, SER, and LaSexta before abandoning everything to fulfill a childhood dream, just before turning 30; to travel the length of America, North to South, by land. The result, “The American Seam”, an autobiographical tale of a solitary journey over more than 10 months and 45.000 kilometers along the Panamerican Highway from Alaska to Argentina. Changes in his life perspective and an overcoming of the odds were recorded in this journey of discovery, that captured the diversity of the human and social topography of the Americas.

Iosu has since worked as a freelance correspondent, with the South Asia Bureau in the Spanish News Agency in 2010 (Agencia EFE) covering the news in countries such as India, Afganistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. In 2011 Iosu led a cinema workshop at the Anand Bhavan girls orphanage of Calcuta in collaboration with “Fundación Ananta” and filmed the short documentary “Red Carpet” in the Garib Nagar slum of Bombay about the life of Rubina Ali, “Slumdog Millionaire”´s actress. Iosu has also created audiovisual work for various NGOs in various countries such as Nicaragua, India and Honduras.

Iosu is currently working as a freelance correspondent for the spanish TV channel Telecinco.

Collaborating Artists

Born in Mumbai, India, Avani Patel immigrated to Pennsylvania with her family at 11 years old. Avani holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Temple University. Her work is inspired by her own culture of India. Based on Indian music and performance, her paintings invite the viewer to wander through a universe of color and pattern in motion - a world of energy in music manifested in visual form. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Providence, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, Dubai, Panama, and Mexico. Avani was invited in 2005 by the American Embassy in Panama to hold workshops in schools and art centers, creating collaborative installations about everyday objects in personal life. In 2007 she taught artists living with mental illnesses. In a series of workshops, participants worked on Mylar with paint, ink, and conte to explore the landscape of family connections in varied cultures. Most recently Avani worked on the public project America’s Chinatown Voices at Columbus Park in New York City, organized by the Asian American Art Center in 2008 and 2009. Three hundred panels illustrating stories of Asian Americans in New York were publicly displayed in New York Cities Chinatown. Avani currently works and lives in New York City.

Local Partners

-Akershus Kunstsenter
(AKS) is an artist led institution that presents, mediates and debates contemporary art through a programme of exhibitions and specific art activities. The centre is owned and run by BOA and NKSO, the organisations that support professional visual artists and craftspeople in the region.

AKS also holds an archive of documentation and resource materials, offering information and professional support services to artists, private and public bodies, and the general public. We also run a gallery shop, presenting a diverse range of design, art and craft works and texts.

Through a series of temporary solo, thematic and group exhibitions we wish to show new trends in the fields of visual arts and crafts.
-Skedsmo Municipality

Sponsors Thon Hotels

-Thon Hotels; Thon hotels is facilitating this Artefacting Workshop by accommodating the Artefacting Team for the duration of the Workshop in Lillestrom, Oslo.

Media Attention Skedsmo