Tshirt conversations is a performance in which Belgium-based collective buren create different dialogues based on t-shirt quotes and statements they encounter on the streets, in shops and online. Taking them seriously, the artists Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone were curious about how and why these messages are brought into the world, who the messages are for and what dialogues could come forth if these statements start to interact.
buren decided to use these rigid lines, spoken or thought, to challenge their often ironic, rude or blatant nature and turn them into dialogues, exploring their political, absurd or humorous qualities. From father-daughter conversations, friends discussing feminism, to late night phone sex, the slogans are being digested and put back out there in a clever and humorous way.
In English, limited number of participants.
After a Philosophy introduction at the Ghent University, Melissa studied Visual Arts at KASK, Ghent. Her work is shown at Sale Docks, M HKA, Verbeke Foundation and published in nYmagazine. She performed for Dora Garcia, Assaf Gruber, Lies Pauwels & NTGent, Peter Aers (a.o.). Melissa is a core member of Engagement, a movement tackling sexual harassment, sexism, power abuse in the arts.
Oshin graduated as a visual artist from Luca School of Arts, Ghent and was an artistic researcher at a.pass in Brussels. She exhibited her work and performed a.o. in Z33, Ciap and NUPerformance Festival Tallinn. In 2019 she was co-programmer for Young Work at Theater Aan Zee. With Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost she co-created the performance SUN-SET i.c.w. Toneelhuis.
Concept, performance: buren (Melissa Mabesoone & Oshin Albrecht)
With support from apap - Feminist Futures 2020-2024, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.