Welcome to the third edition of the Living Room Session. A place that radiates familiarity and warmness as well as a place where people come together, get inspired and recharge in various ways.
Take a seat in the living room as moderator Shaquille Shaniqua Joy guides you through an evening with a grounding meditation by Judy Young, screenings of captivating films by Tamara Shogaolu, words of wisdom by Kriticos and inspiring art by Hana Nina Hussein. Start your weekend well on the 14th of April and allow yourself to be present while getting inspired by sound, film, art and conversations.
When looking up the definition of communication, the explanations are as varied as our interpretations of the term. Even though we might be more busy doing it than thinking about it, the ways in which we communicate impact many aspects of our lives. From our relationships with others to the one we have with ourselves, our professional path to how we learn, communication always affects these journeys. As broad as this subject is will be the lineup of this Living Room Session as we discuss the impact, challenges and forms of communication through various mediums, including art, conversations, film, meditation and sound.
The living room is a metaphor for a place that radiates intimate, familiar, warm and welcoming energy, as well as a place where people come together. It brings together art hanging on the walls, music that one might play or listen to, movies that you watch and conversations with others in the space. With our Living Room Session, we bring all of these aspects together and welcome you into Felix Meritis for an evening of inspiration.
Join moderator and program maker Shaquille Shaniqua Joy and her guests for this Living Room Session and allow yourself to be present.
Due to the setup of Living Room Session 3, we encourage our guests to arrive before 20:00 (8pm).
Doors open: 19:00 (7pm)
Doors close: 20:00 (8pm)
Start program: 20:00 (8pm)
Would you like to attend this program, but don’t have the means to pay for a ticket? Send an email to email@example.com, we can work something out.
Shaquille Shaniqua Joy | Moderator, Program Maker & Creative Producer
Shaquille Shaniqua Joy is an interdisciplinary creative focusing on storytelling through different mediums. Within the cultural sector, her role ranges from researching to conceptualizing and writing, focusing on moderation and program-making. Her excitement for people and their fascinations is the base of her practice as a moderator, in which she always strives to have conversations rather than interviews.
Within her work, Shaquille explores sociopolitical and pop-cultural subjects by combining research and the embodied experiences of herself and others. This has led her to a range of conversations and programs, including live and recorded panel talks and reporting formats in collaboration with cultural institutions, organizations and museums, as well as commercial brands.
In her monthly radio show, OSCAM Look Around on Echobox Radio, Shaquille talks to creatives and artists to learn about and from their processes, while giving context to current exhibitions and programs. Next to that, she created the Living Room Session, which is a live program hosted by her at Felix Meritis.
Tamara Shogaolu | Director, Writer, Artist & Creative Technologist
Tamara Shogaolu is an Emmy award-winning director, writer, artist and creative technologist whose innovative approach to storytelling has been lauded by Forbes, The Guardian and Vogue naming her a visionary in the field.
As the founder and creative director of Ado Ato Pictures, Shogaolu is the first Black Latina woman to head a leading studio specializing in film, animation and technology. With an emphasis on storytelling that uplifts historically marginalized voices, her dynamic work has shown at top festivals, galleries and museums worldwide including the MoMA in New York, Tribeca Film Festival, the National Gallery of Indonesia, among others. In addition, Shogaolu has written for Sony Pictures Animations and partnered on projects with the Sundance Institute, Netflix, PBS, Frontline and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF).
A creative force on the rise, Shogaolu won the 2022 SXSW Innovation Award for Visual Media, the Best Digital Storytelling Award at IDFA 2021 and was nominated for a Gouden Kalf Award, the top film prize in the Netherlands (2019, 2022).
Shogaolu holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she was a Burton Lewis Endowed Scholar for Directing. Currently, she is a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Open Documentary Lab and an inaugural Motion Picture Academy Accelerator Fellow; she was also an Academy Nicholls Fellowship semi finalist, a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt and a Luce Scholar in Indonesia.
Hana Nina Hussein | Multidisciplinary Artist & Actress
Hana Nina Hussein is an multidisciplinary artist and actress based in Amsterdam. With a background in spatial design, writing, illustration, ceramics and glass. She combines 2D and 3D mediums to make contemporary narrations.
She graduated as a spatial designer and completed an internship at Studio Floris Wubben, where she focused on functional and sculptural ceramic products and furniture.
As an actress she took the lead in a Dutch television series (NTR) and continues to explore the impact of film both behind and infront of the camera. She is currently working as an assistant casting director at Saida Casting.
Navigating through the world with Dutch, Somali and Yemeni influences, Hana’s interpretation of identity in familial dynamics, native linguistics, and sociology is constantly being questioned throughout her artistic practices.
Judy Young | Interdisciplinary Artist, Performer & Writer
Judy Young has brought her diverse artistic background to Amsterdam, where she has crafted a unique hybridized art form inspired by her experience in theatre, circus, and poetry. Through her creative disciplines at Young Hoops, she produces performances, curates events, and leads movement workshops.
Judy’s passions are expressed through her shows and events, where she combines her artistry with a message of self-love and cultural awareness as an Asian person living in Western society. In her show, Young Hoops Cabaret, and her self-published book, Sour Silk, she provides a platform to express her message and inspire her Audience.
Judy’s work has been recognized both locally and internationally, as she has completed artist residencies in Poland, Portugal, and Rotterdam. Her dedication to her craft is evident through her decade-long practice in yoga and meditation, where she cultivates dancing with the spine.
Judy is an artist with a Bachelor’s degree in Performance Studies from Curtin University, Australia. She is currently an artist in residence at WOW Amsterdam from 2019 to 2024. Her work serves as a reminder of the beauty that comes from embracing diversity and promoting mixed art forms.
Kriticos | Multidisciplinary Artist
Kriticos is a multidisciplinary artist of Zambian (Bemba) and Tanzanian (Chagga) descent.
His first music project, his EP Bemba Chagga, tells his story as a young African growing up among 2 African cultures. Kriticos has worked in different genres of music, and performed at various venues across East Africa and Belgium.
Parallel to his music career, Kriticos has led an activist career, which started when he co-organized the first ever Black Lives Matter protest in Belgium, in 2016. He went on to organize a Breathing Session for black people and people of color during the George Floyd protests in 2020.
During his marketing internship at Daily Paper, Kriticos debuted his concept of a Book Club for people that didn’t read the book in Amsterdam. The project is called The Book Club, and since 2022, Kriticos has hosted conversations about various books and various topics across cities like Helsinki, Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels. The Book Club has partnered up with prisons for the inmates, with corporate businesses like Netflix, Nike and The British Council, as well as become part of school curriculums in Brussels.
Through Kriticos’ many projects it’s very clear that Communication plays a major role in Kriticos’ life and career.