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Floor Five Collective is a London based multidisciplinary group led by women of colour, we are amongst Goldsmiths University of London’s  BA Fine Art graduating class of 2021. Our practices revolve around making visible the identities and ways of being that have been absent or distorted within canonical representation. We are a collective of thought, who marinate their minds in discourse shaped by our personal experiences and investigative research. Floor Five is committed to generating individual practices as a result of these discussions, which reveal old truths from new perspectives. Our work is soaked in references and sounds that range from cultures such as South East Asia, the Middle East, The Caribbean, Ivory Coast and Réunion Island.

MEMBERS

Alya Hatta (b.1999, Malaysia) is an interdisciplinary artist based between London and Kuala Lumpur. Drawing on personal experiences and memories, Hatta uses the dynamism of colour, form, sound and space to explore the realms of the digital and the physical in representing her Southeast Asian identity, and to portray the colourful intimacies of the diasporic human condition.

Adrianna Whittingham is a London and Yorkshire based multi-disciplinary artist, working within the realms of writing, performance, audio, video, and installation. Their work often references their Jamaican cultural heritage, and explores absurdist situations involving (though not exclusive to) various fruit, employing political undertones in relation to aggregate moods and opinions. Questions to keep in mind when viewing any body of work are “does this piece exist outside of the political climate of today, or would it simply be a narrative about some sour fruit?”

Marion Aschbacher’s work possesses as its greatest inspiration, Réunion Island. It is the representation of childhood on an Island and surely distorted or dramatised by a child’s mind. As a child, the artist was not the happiest, felt trapped on this small island lost in the Indian Ocean. Through her work, she looks back with nostalgia, maybe a lingering taste of bittersweetness, to places and memories that she now holds dear. Traditional music from Réunion, playground games, video games, and places subtlety appear in the artist’s work as driving points. The work deals with the artist’s relationship with Réunion through the years and her willingness to show people a place they may have never been to.

Hazel Blair is a Zambian-British multi-disciplinary artist based in London, who was raised in the middle east. Their work often references their dual heritage, as well as an exploration of symbolism, childhood memories and oral histories. Using her body as a performative vehicle, she often draws from her personal experience to make work that is steeped in transnational politics and shifting temporalities. She destabilises the notion of the other through spirituality, mythology and interconnectedness to ancestral land.

Leily Moghtader Mojdehi (b.1999, U.K), is an Iranian, South-East Asian and British artist who was raised in the Middle East and is now based in London. As an interdisciplinary artist, she creates mixed media textile pieces, and works with ceramics. Her works revolve around personal narratives that explore her transcultural identity and liminal state of being, which inherently address socio-political concerns. Through her studio practice, Mojdehi adopts different visual languages, with the intention to layer her works not only literally, but referentially steeping them in various historical, cultural, and aesthetic references. The outcome of this playful mixing results in work of gentle confusion between the real and the representational in densely layered collage compositions.

In her figurative paintings and works on paper, Lori-Ann Burgess weaves her own narratives by deconstructing and reactivating images taken from popular media such as magazines and film stills. Through careful composing, she blends her own semi-autobiographical photographs with obscure subcultural references, and more popular filmic imagery, opening them up to new and alternative contextual meanings. This narrative complexity manifests as textured brushstrokes layered on top of highly saturated fields of colour and semi-transparent washes. She portrays mostly solitary female figures in intimate interiors and compromising positions, whose eyes often meet the viewer’s directly, to acknowledge complicity with regards to their voyeuristic tendencies.

Maurane Gadeau (born 1999), known as Mrs.Blues, is a French and Ivorian artist graduating from the BA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths University. Her spontaneity and ambition have always influenced her art practice, which is often characterised as intuitive and eclectic. Maurane works with diverse mediums (recycled objects, textiles and paintings) along with performance and film to create spaces and moments always inspired by Love.

Floor Five Collective is a London based multidisciplinary group led by women of colour, we are amongst Goldsmiths University of London’s  BA Fine Art graduating class of 2021. Our practices revolve around making visible the identities and ways of being that have been absent or distorted within canonical representation. We are a collective of thought, who marinate their minds in discourse shaped by our personal experiences and investigative research. Floor Five is committed to generating individual practices as a result of these discussions, which reveal old truths from new perspectives. Our work is soaked in references and sounds that range from cultures such as South East Asia, the Middle East, The Caribbean, Ivory Coast and Réunion Island.

MEMBERS

Alya Hatta (b.1999, Malaysia) is an interdisciplinary artist based between London and Kuala Lumpur. Drawing on personal experiences and memories, Hatta uses the dynamism of colour, form, sound and space to explore the realms of the digital and the physical in representing her Southeast Asian identity, and to portray the colourful intimacies of the diasporic human condition.

Adrianna Whittingham is a London and Yorkshire based multi-disciplinary artist, working within the realms of writing, performance, audio, video, and installation. Their work often references their Jamaican cultural heritage, and explores absurdist situations involving (though not exclusive to) various fruit, employing political undertones in relation to aggregate moods and opinions. Questions to keep in mind when viewing any body of work are “does this piece exist outside of the political climate of today, or would it simply be a narrative about some sour fruit?”

Marion Aschbacher’s work possesses as its greatest inspiration, Réunion Island. It is the representation of childhood on an Island and surely distorted or dramatised by a child’s mind. As a child, the artist was not the happiest, felt trapped on this small island lost in the Indian Ocean. Through her work, she looks back with nostalgia, maybe a lingering taste of bittersweetness, to places and memories that she now holds dear. Traditional music from Réunion, playground games, video games, and places subtlety appear in the artist’s work as driving points. The work deals with the artist’s relationship with Réunion through the years and her willingness to show people a place they may have never been to.

Hazel Blair is a Zambian-British multi-disciplinary artist based in London, who was raised in the middle east. Their work often references their dual heritage, as well as an exploration of symbolism, childhood memories and oral histories. Using her body as a performative vehicle, she often draws from her personal experience to make work that is steeped in transnational politics and shifting temporalities. She destabilises the notion of the other through spirituality, mythology and interconnectedness to ancestral land.

Leily Moghtader Mojdehi (b.1999, U.K), is an Iranian, South-East Asian and British artist who was raised in the Middle East and is now based in London. As an interdisciplinary artist, she creates mixed media textile pieces, and works with ceramics. Her works revolve around personal narratives that explore her transcultural identity and liminal state of being, which inherently address socio-political concerns. Through her studio practice, Mojdehi adopts different visual languages, with the intention to layer her works not only literally, but referentially steeping them in various historical, cultural, and aesthetic references. The outcome of this playful mixing results in work of gentle confusion between the real and the representational in densely layered collage compositions.

In her figurative paintings and works on paper, Lori-Ann Burgess weaves her own narratives by deconstructing and reactivating images taken from popular media such as magazines and film stills. Through careful composing, she blends her own semi-autobiographical photographs with obscure subcultural references, and more popular filmic imagery, opening them up to new and alternative contextual meanings. This narrative complexity manifests as textured brushstrokes layered on top of highly saturated fields of colour and semi-transparent washes. She portrays mostly solitary female figures in intimate interiors and compromising positions, whose eyes often meet the viewer’s directly, to acknowledge complicity with regards to their voyeuristic tendencies.

Maurane Gadeau (born 1999), known as Mrs.Blues, is a French and Ivorian artist graduating from the BA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths University. Her spontaneity and ambition have always influenced her art practice, which is often characterised as intuitive and eclectic. Maurane works with diverse mediums (recycled objects, textiles and paintings) along with performance and film to create spaces and moments always inspired by Love.

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