Hi it‘s Âlif. I am 25 years young and based in Northwest Germany. I love pasta which suits my current occupation at being a music student. My profession is singing and teaching singing. I also write songs. Since the end of last year I’m working on my debut EP out of which I am looking forward to release at least one single this year. I feel super lucky that I got the chance to be a participant of the Datteltäter Academy.
My name is Fatih Maraşlıoğlu. I am 28 years old, born in Nuremberg, studied architecture and a proud father. When I’m not making music, I often have the pen at hand and try to shape my thoughts with drawings, writing and illustration.
Hello, Ipek here!
I was born and raised in Nuremberg and completed my bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a focus on screen design.
As a product designer (UI / UX), my interests are new interactions and visual communications.
Due to my background in education and psychology, it’s easy for me to empathize with customers and target groups in order to design the perfect solution strategies.
You can find me dancing outside in the rain, behind and in front of the camera, creating other worlds through concept arts, playing at a console or everywhere and anywhere eating chicken wings.
I teach, help and inspire other designers from all over the world with short Tutorials and freelance work @ipek.uiux
Kader Bagli is a passionate VFX Compositing Artist who lives and works in Stuttgart. She graduated with an engineering degree in audiovisual media from Stuttgart Media University with a focus on computer animation and visual effects. Throughout the last years, Kader has contributed to many commercials and films for clients such as Huawei, Nissan, Warner Bros and Marvel Studios.
During her studies, she volunteered for SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Brisbane and virtually in Daegu, which is one of the biggest computer graphics and interactive techniques conference in the world and became a member of the Online Events Committee of ACM SIGGRAPH this year.
Whenever she has free time, she loves to go for a hike in the mountains, takes photos in random places, travels, and loves to meet new people. She is dedicated to what she sets to her mind and gives a high value for creating a space for diversity, inclusion, and appreciation.
As she explains, “ I’m an artist and I welcome you to join me on this visual journey. “
Steve Mekoudja is an author, poet and director. Of Cameroonian origin, he has been living in Germany for 7 years and he practices his passion there on the fringe of his profession as a computer engineer. In March 2015, his short story Tala Ngai , about the gang rapes of women in Congo, was awarded the Stéphane Hessel Prize for young French-speaking writers at the Salon du Livre de Paris. He has written fiction published in magazines and literary journals such as Stadtsprachen, Inspire Afrika Magazine, Amina, Mr Afropolitan, FU Review. In November 2018, he published his project Rituals (Selection of the Zebra 2019 poetic film festival in Germany) which contains a musical and poetic album and a short film.
Rituals is a mixture of music, poetry, dance and cinema. The project questions topics such as toxic masculinity, the notion of Africanity through fundamental questions: What are the rituals of a young man living in this so-called modern world, which bears no resemblance to the world in which his fathers lived? What is his relationship with himself? To his masculinity? To his vulnerability? With what eyes does he look at the world? He is currently working on his first novel and returns in 2020 with a new visual EP: Origins.
Architecture, culture, music are the main aspects that Omar Kikhia has been focusing on throughout his social life, career and activities, with the aim of making an actual impact within this rapid transformative phase in history. Omar is an architect, media producer and master’s student, he has been creating content on different mediums in regards to social awareness, architectural identities and conservation ideas for the historical monuments, and he believes that change could be really built upon solid awareness strategies and updated education bases.
Omar is an architect, media producer and master’s student, who’s been creating content on different mediums in regards to social awareness, architectural identities and conservation for historical monuments. He believes that change can be truly built upon solid awareness strategies and updated education models. He’s all about social impact and making real change!
Marwa Yasin studies architecture in Vienna and also works as a freelance illustrator.
Hey there! My name is Merve and I’m a communication designer based in Munich. I’m enthusiastic about typography, print designs and illustrations. Design means to me: solving problems to change mindsets and create new ones. It means pushing my own limits and getting to know and develop myself and my perception in a new way. I am a conceptual thinker who believes to pursue a specific goal, to convey the content and the messages. I have always been accepting new challenges and looking for new experiences to find my place as a designer.
I am Muhamed Yildirim and I was born in 1998 in Berlin.
I went to school here and am currently studying theater and history to become a teacher.
Because of my studies, I don’t have a lot of hobbies, but I’m very interested in social and cultural topics and my friends tell me I’m a funny guy.
My name is Nadina and I started my earth life in 1990 in Bosnia. Due to the war I grew up in Hamburg for the first eight years and continued to live in Bosnia due to deportation. I started to play the piano in Hamburg and went on to attend a music elementary school and music high school in Bosnia with singing as a major. When I was 14, I got the opportunity to take dance and acting classes and gain theater experience. Since I didn’t want to choose between dance, singing and acting for my studies, and the days were counting anyway when I can return to Hamburg, I decided on the Stage School for Music, Dance and Drama and graduated in 2013. In the same year I got married in Munich. I worked on various projects and productions, and played on a comedy show. In the meantime, I have turned my passion for photography into portraits and documentaries. At the moment I am celebrating my 10 year old piano teacher, bringing up our three and a half year old and working on a cabaret program.
My name is Yassin, and I’m 22 years old and a Fashion Design student. I am a third generation immigrant of Moroccan descent and identify as part of the northafrican diaspora. Combining my passions for photography, Fashion design and creative direction, I launched my brand Ydiaspora which is all about love and identity that expands beyond one country.
My name is Vildan. I am 23 years old and a medical student in the ruhr area. I love creating digital illustrations about people and their emotions. Also, illustrating the human body, its anatomy and showcasing different medical procedures is something I am very passionate about.
Geboren am 18.09.1992 in Duisburg.
Ich besuchte die Grundschule in einem kleinen Vorort in Duisburg namens Beeckerwerth. Anschließend besuchte ich die Gesamtschule, wo ich ebenfalls mein Abitur abgeschlossen hatte. Mein Interesse an Kunst machte sich in sehr frühen Jahren bemerkbar. So besuchte ich Kunst Kurse und auch im Abitur hatte mich meine Lehrerin Frau Morsümbul sehr in meinem Schaffen und Selbstfindung bestärkt und unterstützt.
Nach einem kurzen Fehlversuch an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf habe ich meinen Weg in Kommunikationsdesign in Krefeld gefunden. Dort habe ich 2017 meinen Bachelor abgeschlossen. In meinem Bachelorstudium habe ich mich viel mit Fotografie, Film und Text beschäftigt. 2017 dann habe ich zum Thema „Mode und Religion“ eine Fotografieausstellung in Krefeld absolviert.
Im Rahmen des Studiums ist auch mein Kurzfilm „Die Entscheidung“ entstanden. Darin habe ich mich mit der Emotionalität beschäftigt und auch den Entscheidungsprozess für das tragen des Kopftuches in einem künstlerischen Film dokumentiert. Diesen Kurzfilm habe ich dann auch beim I´slam Kunstpreisverleihung eingereicht und erreichte den 3. Platz in der Kategorie Film. Ebenso war mein erstes großes Projekt im Bereich Text für mich sehr prägsam. Ich habe ein Buch namens „Pendler Stories“ geschrieben, illustriert und gelayoutet. Insgesamt sind dabei 20 Geschichten entstanden, die ich während meinen Pendeleien auffangen konnte.
Gegen Ende meines Bachelorstudiums bin ich dann einem Studentenverein beigetreten. Dabei habe ich sowohl organisatorische als auch gestalterische Rollen im Team einnehmen können. Das ehrenamtliche Engagement hat bei dem Ausbau meines Netzwerks eine entscheidende Rolle gespielt. Ich durfte ebenfalls mein Handwerk darin ausprobieren und entfalten. So sind in dieser Zeit Magazine, Veranstaltungen, Seminare und weitere diverse spannende Projekte entstanden.
2017 begann ich ebenfalls meinen Masterstudium in „Design Projects“ ebenfalls in Krefeld. In meinem Masterstudium dann habe ich mich hauptsächlich mit Theorien rundum Ästhetik, Ethik und ähnlichen Kunst-und Designtheoretischen Themenfeldern beschäftigt. In dieser Zeit habe ich das illustrieren für mich wieder entdeckt und habe angefangen neue Projekte zu gestalten.
2018 habe ich angefangen in einer Redaktion als Journalistin und Illustratorin zu arbeiten. Die Arbeit in der Redaktion haben mein theoretisches und praktisches Wissen in meiner Designausbildung noch einmal bestärkt und hat mir neue Türen geöffnet. Dabei sind Illustrationen und Texte für diverse andere Redaktionen entstanden, wofür ich heute unendlich dankbar bin.
Ab 2019 habe ich angefangen Kooperationen anzunehmen und habe einige Projekte verwirklichen können. Ich habe Illustrationen für die Integrationsbeauftragte, für das Missy Magazin, ebenso für IslamiQ und Perspektif anfertigen dürfen.
2020 habe ich das Logo für die „Muslimischen Kulturtage“, für das Verein „Stand Up gegen Rassismus“, „Takeover“ und „Plattform deutschsprachiger Theologen“ gestaltet. Ebenso habe ich Programmhefte für die „Islamische Akademie“ und „Muslimische Kulturtage“ designt.
Vor allem in den letzten zwei Jahren sind einige Projekte entstanden, in denen ich mich in verschiedenen Rollen verwirklichen konnte. Ich habe sowohl illustrativ, gestalterisch und auch im Bereich Text entfalten können. Ebenso wurde ich in den vergangenen Jahren als Speakerin von diversen Vereinen eingeladen, wo ich hauptsächlich über meine Arbeit Illustratorin und meinen Werdegang gesprochen habe.
Born on September 18th, 1992 in Duisburg.
I attended elementary school in a small suburb in Duisburg called Beeckerwerth. Then I went to comprehensive school, where I also had my Abitur. My interest in art was evident at a very early age. So I attended art courses and my teacher, Ms. Morsümbul, encouraged and supported me in my work and self-discovery during my Abitur.
After a short failed attempt at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, I found my way into communication design in Krefeld. I completed my bachelor’s degree there in 2017. In my bachelor’s degree I dealt a lot with photography, film and text. In 2017 I completed a photography exhibition in Krefeld on the subject of “Fashion and Religion”.
My short film “The Decision” was also made during my studies. In it I dealt with the emotionality and also documented the decision-making process for wearing the headscarf in an artistic film. I then submitted this short film to the I’slam art award ceremony and got 3rd place in the film category. My first big project in the field of text was also very memorable for me. I wrote, illustrated and laid out a book called “Commuter Stories”. A total of 20 stories were created that I was able to catch while commuting.
Towards the end of my bachelor’s degree, I joined a student association. I was able to take on both organizational and creative roles in the team. The voluntary work played a decisive role in expanding my network. I was also able to try out and develop my craft in it. During this time, magazines, events, seminars and other diverse exciting projects have emerged.
In 2017 I also started my master’s degree in “Design Projects” in Krefeld. In my master’s degree, I mainly dealt with theories relating to aesthetics, ethics and similar art and design theory topics. During this time I rediscovered illustrating for myself and started designing new projects.
In 2018 I started working as a journalist and illustrator in an editorial office. The work in the editorial team strengthened my theoretical and practical knowledge in my design training and opened new doors for me. This resulted in illustrations and texts for various other editorial offices, for which I am infinitely grateful today.
From 2019 I started to accept collaborations and have been able to realize some projects. I was allowed to make illustrations for the integration officer, for Missy magazine, as well as for IslamiQ and Perspektif.
In 2020 I designed the logo for the “Muslim Culture Days”, for the association “Stand Up Against Racism”, “Takeover” and “Platform for German-speaking Theologians”. I have also designed programs for the “Islamic Academy” and “Muslim Culture Days”.
In the last two years in particular, a number of projects have emerged in which I was able to realize myself in various roles. I was able to develop illustrative, creative and also in the area of text. In the past few years I have also been invited as a speaker by various associations, where I mainly talked about my work as an illustrator and my career.