October 31, 2020

Laftmonk Solo Exhibition CTRL+S


Pollinators, 202x182cm, oil, acrylic, spray paint on linen & weaving, 2020 

CTRL+S Laftmonk Solo Exhibition

SCHIEDAM -From Saturday October 24 to December 6, you are most welcome to visit our new solo exhibition CTRL + S during our walk-in afternoon between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and meet the artist Laftmonk. The exhibition with recent paintings, textile works and an installation shows the world according to Laftmonk (France / US), visual artist, designer and social art practitioner.


During a walk-in afternoon you can view the exhibition and our permanent collection at a safe distance via one-way traffic while enjoying a snack and a drink. Based on previous experience, we expect to have sufficient capacity available with the current 450 m2 exhibition space to properly manage the walk-in via badges. The exhibition will run until December 6.


In CTRL + S, Laftmonk plays with the different techniques and styles that she has mastered over the years. Complex geometric textile weaving techniques merge with painting, photography and collage, resulting in subdued surrealist psychological portraits with influences from Francis Bacon, among others, but also more colorful abstract images with street art influences, whether or not in combination with intriguing textile sculptures and a central installation, Base for a Red Vine, 2020 accomplished during her time in lockdown.


With all of this she seamlessly builds a synthesis of the ideas and concepts in her oeuvre, which revolve around the new world that is continuously unfolding itself. This world is fragile and disintegrated, in constant transformation, with an urgent need for a new balance, a safe haven. A world seen through the eyes of people or insects with alienated fragments of reality, hidden in veiled layers. Laftmonk's world is populated with displaced people, shifting identities, endangered exotic species. All struggle to find their balance, with each other and with a threatened environment. But it is also a world of beauty in all its layered fragility, precious and full of hope to save and be saved.


Laftmonk was born and raised in France, of Algerian descent and educated in France and the USA. Her work has been exhibited internationally in renowned museums and galleries, including the Museum of Art and Industry André-Diligent in France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; The Cordova Museum, Massachusetts; Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, The Old Mint, San Francisco CA and ST-ART Strasbourg. Her work can be found internationally in private collections, including in Los Angeles, Washington, New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.

OpenArtExchange is an independent international art gallery, which aims to stimulate and connect promising contemporary visual artists from non-Western countries (especially Africa, South America and Asia) with the Western art and culture world. We do this through our online platform, participation in international art fairs and festivals, collaboration with partners and our international residences, exhibitions and other activities in our local art center in the museum quarter of Schiedam (Rotterdam region).


Regular opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

By appointment: email info@openartexchange.com


Hoogstraat 85

3111 HC Schiedam




October 18, 2020

September 16, 2019

New World

Laftmonk, ID#121 Spending Time With Yourself, 2019
October 6th - November 10th, 2019
@openartexchange | Hoogstraat 85, Schiedam, Netherlands
Large parts of our world today are adrift, subject to unstoppable change, for better or for worse. What does this mean for migrants, people left behind, recipients, societies? About despair and hope, about new doors that open, about disappointment and deception, about seemingly unbridgeable differences, distrust and incomprehension. But also about recognition, openness, new friendship and regained stability. About the richness and friction of diversity. About the desire for what was and what is to come.⁠

The following artists give their vision:⁠
> Laftmonk (FR / US) with psychological portraits about being displaced and the need for new social cohesion,⁠
> Kingsley Ogwara (Luxembourg / Nigeria) with abstract colorful compositions about hope and new possibilities,⁠
> Frans De Winter (NL) with sculptures of jute, rope, sand and wood about human transformation, growth and new life ⁠
> Steve Bandoma (DR Congo) with ink drawings on cultural diversity and exchange, stereotypes and prejudices,⁠
> Jonathan Vat Vatunga (DR Congo) with paintings and collages about what was and what is to come.⁠
April 19, 2019


Search Methods for Trauma Management
Suche Nach Methoden Zur Traumabewältigung,
Von Stefan Knopp, General-Anzeiger Bonn, April 2019



April 08, 2019


Connect, Bonn Evangelische Trinitatiskirchengemeinde, 2019


As part of Salam to Syria, the Connect program brings an innovative performance in the field of social action art to Bonn. Artist, sculptor and painter Latifa Medjdoub is curator of the event. Salam to Syria promotes cooperation between artists from Syria and other parts of the world.


Fiber art possesses flexible properties that allows me to reflect upon vital mechanisms produced by nature and therefore is a rich medium to help translate in organic shapes, the possibilities stretched by nature’s structure and logic. In Connect, a social experience and practice speaks for our passage through the filter of art, meditation on societal issues and back to nature. It provides a framework for thinking about our collective creativity and the fundament of life, what links humanity together, it's motives, potentiality and self direction.

 I have conceived on a loom a range of ropes or vines as I like to call them for their vital and dynamic reflection on nature. A social practice is engaged to help raise awareness and to sharpen our intuitive communication, opening an inner dialogue to support the world around with a positive vision with new avenues, possibilities. 

 Installed in a background made of red bricks on the tall walls at the Bonn Evangelische Trinitatiskirchengemeinde , a range of protean textile forms are knotted and woven on stretchers from wooden recycled material with a seamless composition. Often achieved using a single handcrafted string on a loom, the various studies reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks using a system of geometry of interaction. 

Two performers, Chrystele Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko will engage the public with a series of handcrafted ropes installed in the core of the church, tracing together a connective web. The ephemeral installation spanning the space transports participants to an expansive and physically networked setting from which valuable perspective is acquired. 

This project encompasses traditional relationship with the public in the context of performance by pushing the mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual perception and improvisation, allowing an immersive space of self and communal reflection as well as a transformative collective experience.



11. April 2019 • 7.00-9.00PM

Ev. Trinitatiskirchengemeinde, Brahmsstraße 14, 53121 Bonn

Latifa Medjdoub, Curator and artist 

Performers for Connect: Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko

Music: Ashraf Kateb (Violin) and Iwan Urwalow (Piano & Orgel)

Starring Opera singer Deborah Sassoon

This Salam to Syria fundraiser is run by the Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF)
in cooperation with the Bonn Institute for Migration Research (BIM) e.V.
The proceeds of the event will be used for a research project on the health equality of refugees. In addition to promoting health education for Arabic-speaking refugees, the project will also provide relevant insights into the assessment of trauma and treatment methods. In line with the philosophy of the Global Health Equity Foundation and BIM e.V., support for equality in health care is seen as the advance of human society.


March 26, 2019

The Red Vine - Dr. Moroni Stiftung


You are cordially invited to participate in a social practice led by artist Latifa Medjdoub. She will be performing her piece The Red Vine, a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement.
This social practice is part of a series of inspirational forums that benefit the Health Diplomacy Project for Arabic Speaking Refugees in Germany. Latifa consults with Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) to develop the curriculum for innovative solutions to address issues of inclusion, assimilation and integration in Germany.
March 30th 2019, 6.00 to 8.00 pm
Dr. Moroni Stiftung für Bildung und Integration,
Schlesienstr. 3, 53119 Bonn Germany
Dr. Moroni Stiftung für Integration und Bildung 
Bonn Institute for Migration Studies and Intercultural Learning (BIM)
Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF)
January 21, 2019

The Red Vine - MetaSpace Studio

The Red Vine


 This social practice is part of a series of inspirational forums that benefit the Health Diplomacy Project for Arabic Speaking Refugees in Germany. Latifa consults with Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) to develop the curriculum for innovative solutions to address issues of inclusion, assimilation and integration in Germany.

The Red Vine is a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate a vital and creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement. The  participants create together a nucleus that leads to multiple reflections on the connection phenomenon, the creation of a common improvised space to bring harmony. This experience brings a strong sense of belonging and unity while meditating on our interdependent nature.

MetaSpace Studio Stockenstraße 1-5, 53113 Bonn January 26, 18:00-20:00 

Hosted by Global Health Equity Foundation: Global Health Equity Foundation advocates on behalf of people who lack access to health education, preventive services and healthcare. See www.ghef.org


August 11, 2017

Glean 2017

Latifa Medjdoub, ID#74, Eurythmy
Recycled foam on wood stretchers
A program from Metro, trash management firm Recology and Crackedpots, a Portland-based environmental art nonprofit. 
Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Christian Barrios, Caroline Borucki, Tyler Corbett, Latifa Medjdoub and Danielle Schlunegger – transformed an unpredictable stream of trash from the Metro Central transfer station into art. 
This event is free and open to the public.
August 4, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

Furthermore Gallery
421 NE 10th Ave
Fri – Sun, noon – 5:00 pm
April 19, 2017

Workshop: The Strings


The Strings series Workshops

Fiber Sculpture + Social Practice

Open to all levels

Time: 2 to 3 Hours

 Instructor: Latifa Medjdoub

Instructor provides recycled materials


Class Description: This project will invite physical interaction using handcrafted fiber sculptures and encourage reflection on the action of sharing and combining efforts in the act of creation.

 In this workshop, we will first open up to a social practice together to reflect on the depth of the energy that links everything together. Using a set of handcrafted strings, we will experiment with movements and perspective in space.

Participants will be then working with a set of recycled items from varying material sources ranging from fiber, paper, plastic or metal to form a string or rope like open ended segment. They will study systems of formal imbrication, intertwined sequences, modulating rhythmic organizations of selected items while demonstrating a correlation between structure and sustainability.

In our age of social media networking, this innovative artistic approach pushes mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual and shared perception and communication, and allowing an immersive space of self as well as a transformative collective experience to foster the idea that art makes us look at the world in fresh, new and restorative ways.


Public workshop:

 In Portland

May 11th at N.E.W from 6pm to 9pm 

New Expressive Work 810 SE Belmont, PDX OR 97214

Limited to 30 participants.

In San Francisco

May 20th at MP+D from 2pm to 5pm

Museum of Performance and Design 893B Folsom Street San Francisco CA 94107

Limited to 20 participants.


Contact me for more details and to register: 



March 29, 2017



Latifa Medjdoub & Haco

Eurythmy is a social performance inspired by nature’s energy and rhythmical order and is inviting an active public to reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks. The project consists of the collaborative construction of an ephemeral flexible architecture using fiber sculptures* in relation to an environmental sound system speaking for interrelationship and unity while celebrating diversity. 

 Facilitated by French Algerian visual artist Latifa Medjdoub in collaboration with avant-garde experimental sound artist, Haco from Japan, this environmental social art exploration aims to open new avenues to the public practice in regard to the art of possibilities together, in a terrain designed to bring a wave of inspiration, awareness and energy.

Public info

Date:  May 23dr, 2017, 9pm @door, performance @9.30pm 

Followed by a collaborative sound improvisation between Haco (Electroacoustic) + Nava Dunkelman (Percussionist) + Jakob Pek (Guitarist) + Gabby Fluke-Mogul (Violinist)
3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Doors 9PM /Show 9:30PM
* The fiber sculptures involved in Eurythmy are in part conceived together  through the String series of workshops with divers communities from the Bay Area and from Portland in partnership with The Museum of Performance and Design and with a lead support of the Fleishhacker Foundation and Grants for the Arts; the Glean artist residency, a program by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots from both Portland and San Francisco.
Supported by APICC, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

Haco is a Japanese composer, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who created numerous recordings both as a producer and an engineer. She has given performances and created live installations throughout Japan and worldwide. With her unique sensibility, she has developed her own sound art based on principles of post-punk, electro acoustics, avant-garde, ambient, and improvisation. She has received recognition internationally as the lead singer, lyricist and composer of the band After Dinner in the 1980s. In 2002, she established the View Masters sound collection, an environmental sound project seeking to select, extract and define sounds from daily life. Since 2004, she has been using voice and self-programmed electronics as an organic method to develop her performances, sometimes accompanied by video projections. In 2005, She was awarded the digital music category at Prix Ars Electronica in Austria for Stereo Bugscope 00. Her original vocal style while using experimental pop sound and improvisation encompasses conventional genres and continues to attract new listeners around the world.

Latifa Medjdoub is a visual artist and social art practitioner whose work is conceived through its synthesis of sculpture, painting, photography, installation and performance art often using textile art as a central mode of communication. She was born in France from Algerian descent and lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Since 2013, she has developed social art projects which successfully transcend cultural divides such as the Roots, placing the public in an active self-reflective and meditative mode of dialogue within metatheatrical concepts in order to engage awareness. Her extensive experience in the diverse fields of performance and design among outstanding international artists allowed her to study the social behavior in the expression of acting and to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools stimulating creative social interactions, communication and social transformation. Her work has been shown internationally in Museums, galleries, including the Museum of Art and Industry, in France; Cheongju Art Center in Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art Institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, TX and at The Old Mint in San Francisco CA.

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein. Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and many others. Nava has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others.

Jakob Pek is a musician and artist based on the West Coast, USA. His work has been described as "transcontinental" and "transhistorical". His creative practices interweave chaos and order, offering refined expressions of established musical palettes juxtaposed with escapades into uncharted domains of abstraction and experimentation. His work is necessitated by a the urge to love, transform and renew.

Gabby Fluke-Mogul is a performing, teaching, composing, & collaborating improviser based out of the bay area. they have existed as a body//violin-body in south florida, western massachusettes, & the wider new england area. through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective deep listening, laughter, intimacy, negotiation of identity & narrative, love, & healing. gfm performs in & with a variety of projects, installations, bodies, & instrument-bodies in addition to facilitating community-based workshops, & teaching (toddlers-adults) in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces. gabby holds a MFA in music performance and literature with improvisation specialization from mills college where they worked with pauline oliveros, zeena parkins, jennifer wilsey, india cooke, fred frith, roscoe mitchell, kala ramnath, & kara davis.




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