About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed


Foundland is an art, design and research collective, initiated in 2009 by Lauren Alexander and Ghalia Elsrakbi and based between Cairo and Amsterdam. This collaboration arose from a common desire to analyze, translate, contextualize and intervene on an artistic and intellectual level with urgent, complex social and political systems that exist around us, specifically from our position as non-Western citizens living between the Middle East and Europe.

Foundland has presented at many international exhibitions and festivals including Kadist Foundation, Paris (2012), Impakt Festival, Utrecht (2011, 2012), BAK, Utrecht (2012), Damascus Visual Arts Festival, Istanbul (2013) and Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2016, 2018).

The collective has participated in masterclasses and lecture presentations at Studium Generale ArtEZ, Arnhem, de Appel for Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem and at the Athens Biennial.

Their essays and visuals have contributed to international journals such as Open! Magazine (The Netherlands), Krisis Magazine (Italy), Esse Magazine (Canada) and Ibraaz, Middle East online journal. Recent artist residencies include the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2013) and ISCP, New York (2014).

In 2015, Foundland was awarded the Smithsonian artist research award for research in the Alixa Naff Collection and were nominated for the oldest Dutch art award, called the Prix de Rome (2015).



Exhibition: House of Wisdom

Curated by Collective Çukurcuma (Naz Cuguoğlu and Mine Kaplangı)

Exhibition: Voices Outside the Echo Chamber

Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, curated by Katayoun Arian


Collective Çukurcuma invites... Day 2: Curator tour + House of Wisdom artist talks
An extensive program tying into the House of Wisdom exhibition theme.
Collective Çukurcuma invites... Day 1: Curator tour
A public program tying into the House of Wisdom exhibition theme.