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Meet Our Voices

Here at Open Generation, we are worried that values that promote diversity, freedom of movement and multiculturalism are being eroded and that we are becoming a less open society. We want to defend a society that defines itself beyond national borders, where people differences are considered essential to our community and being extraordinary is an advantage. We are tired of being fed fear of foreigners and differences; only by being open we can improve our lives. So we went on a mission to find young, creative, outspoken individuals to become the Voices of our Generation ahead of the May elections.

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We launched the Our Voices competition in November 2014, in partnership with Autograph ABP, Counterpoint Arts, and Slambassadors, and after being inundated with mind-blowing talent, managed to select five fantastic filmmakers, photographers and spoken word artists that we felt represented the voices of the Open Generation. The winners have since been mentored by an outstanding artist in their field, and will present their projects at the Open Generation Festival of Ideas on the 10 – 11 April 2015 at Autograph ABP. After the work is presented, a winner will be selected from each category. Get to know Our Voices here:

Spoken Word Artists

 

CARMINA

Carmina

1) What is your name?
Carmina Masoliver

2) How old are you?
25

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
I’m from London and live in London.

4) What makes you happiest?
Sunshine and swimming.

5) What inspires you?
The world around me, the everyday.

6) What drives you up the wall?
Many things, from large groups taking up too much of the pavement, to large groups taking up too much of society.

7) Describe in three words the society you want to live in.
Equal, critical and empathetic.

NIKKI

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1) What is your name?
Nikki Marrone

2) How old are you?
21

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
Cambridge

4) What makes you happiest?
Travelling and experiencing the world. Following my passions and I’m always happy as long as I’m creating something!

5) What inspires you?
The world around me and anything outside. Music and stories.

6) What drives you up the wall?
People who are rude or close minded.

7) Describe for me in three words the society you want to live in.

 Accepting, compassionate, active

 

MELISSA

MELISSA OGV

1) What is your name?
Melissa McDonald

2) How old are you?
22

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
Manchester, Whalley Range

4) What makes you happiest?
Art in every form

5) What inspires you?
To leave a handprint

6) What drives you up the wall?
My mother

7) Describe in three words the society you want to live in.
Equality, Freedom, Happiness

 

AASHNA

AASHNA OGV

1) What is your name?
Aashna Nithianandan

2) How old are you?
17

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
London and I live in Wimbledon, but my family is really multicultural!!

4) What makes you happiest?
Friends, Theatre, Pizza and Sam Smith

5) What inspires you?
Resilience, unpredictability of the future and my mum

6) What drives you up the wall?
Ignorance, mosquitoes and lack of food!!

7) Describe in three words the society you want to live in
Multicultural, Peaceful, and Non-judgemental.

 

 

 

Word on the Curb

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1) What is your name?
Word On The Curb

2) How old are you?
22-23

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
London

4) What makes you happiest?
Interesting conversations, and learning new things

5) What inspires you?
Making a difference to people’s every day lives

6) What drives you up the wall?
Ignorance!

7) Describe to me in three words the society you want to live in
Diverse equal progressive

Film

 

JACK

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1) What is your name?
Jack Brindelli

2) How old are you?
24

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
I’m from Great Yarmouth, and I live in Norwich, Norfolk.

4) What makes you happiest?
Nothing makes me happier than being with my family and friends. It’s cliched I know, but they are both my connection to the world and my protection from it.

5) What inspires you?
What inspires me is the way that no matter how warn out and beaten down any of them get in austerity Britain, they have never lapsed into blaming those who suffer alongside them – that despite every inch of civil society seemingly being geared toward racist scapegoat, they remain tolerant, inclusive, human.

6) What drives you up the wall?
What drives me up the wall is that no established political party seems to want to fight their corner, whilst they clamour to represent a bigoted minority of voters.

7) Describe in three words the society you want to live in.
Wont. Back. Down.

 

FRAN

Fran OGV

1) What is your name?
Frances Freeman (Fran)

2) How old are you?
25 years old

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
I’m from Farnham, Surrey. I currently live in London.

4) What makes you happiest?
Finding out something new within different cultures, seeing people trying to seize their own futures.

5) What inspires you?
Travel; Social History and Subcultural Theory; Film makers Adam Curtis, Laura Poitras, Lars Von Trier; Mark Fisher; Steven King; Iggy Pop

6) What drives you up the wall?
The current political climate

7) Describe me in three words the society you want to live in?
Colourful, Intense yet Equal

 

AYESHA

AYESHA OGV

1) What is your name?
Ayesha Jones

2) How old are you?
24 (25 on April 11th)

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
Birmingham, Birmingham

4) What makes you happiest?
Being in nature with the people I love, taking photographs.

5) What inspires you?
Everything I am exposed to adds to my perspective and influences my work. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories about the things they have experienced. I like being able to hear different perspective on things, it makes you think. Peoples life stories inspire me the most. Which is why photographers like Jo Spence have had a great influence on my work.

6) What drives you up the wall?
-Lies.
-The current system we live in.
-Dried fruit

7) Describe me in three words the society you want to live in
Free, natural, honest.

 

MIHAI

Mihai

1) What is your name?
Mihai Nanu

2) How old are you?
24

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
Was born in a mountain sky resort in Brasov, Transylvania, Romania, got educated in Bucharest, London and Potsmouth. No permanent or particular place of residence – where needs be.

4) What makes you happiest?
Not being constrained by world-views that lack a clear genealogy makes me happy.

5) What inspires you?
I find the achievements of other individuals against odds inspiring.

6) What drives you up the wall?
Ignorant, apathetic and disingenuous attitudes scandalise me.

7) Describe for me in three words the society you want to live in.
Educated and mindful.

Photography 

 

ROSA

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1) What is your name?
Rosa Furneaux

2) How old are you?
22

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
My childhood was split between London and rural Norfolk, and now I live in Canterbury.

4) What makes you happiest?
Travelling somewhere new; collaborating with smart and passionate people; developing prints in the darkroom.

5) What inspires you?
Listening to stories; the things I read; roadtrips; courage; only having eight exposures.

6) What drives you up the wall?
Low voter turnout; applying for visas; slow internet connection; forgetting my headphones at the gym.

7) Describe in three words the society you want to live in.
Tolerant, thoughtful, active.

 

ARTUR

ARTUR

1) What is your name?
Artur Conka

2) How old are you?
24

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
I was born in Kosice, Slovakia and now living in London.

4) What makes you happiest?
I believe living in a society where everyone is equal and respected each other no matter what their creed or sexual preferences are is what makes me happy.

5) What inspires you?
Over the years as an image maker I have been influenced by many, but there are few who I still take my inspirations from, these are josef koudelka, Susan Meiselas and Steve McCurry.

6) What drives you up the wall?
Racism and ignorance what drives me mad.

7) Describe for me in three words the society you want to live in.
Love Thy Neighbour.

 

UZMA

UZMA OGV

1) What is your name?
Uzma Ravat

2) How old are you?
21

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
London

4) What makes you happiest?
Respect and tolerance throughout society and tea.

5) What inspires you?
The lives and stories of people around me.

6) What drives you up the wall?
Intolerance.

7) Describe for me in three words the society you want to live in.
(I don’t have 3 words! Love this quote though?) A society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest.

 

VINCENT

vINCENT OGV

1) What is your name?
Vincent Trijard

2) How old are you?
22

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
I am from Somerset, but now live and study in London.

4) What makes you happiest?
I find that I am happiest when I am either outside, walking around or travelling.

5) Describe me in three words the society you want to live in.
“The world today”, is the society I want to live in.

 

MOHAMED

MOHAMED

1) What is your name?
Mohamed Mohamud.

2) How old are you?
I’m 23 years old.

3) Where are you from and where do you live?
I was born and raised in London, UK but I’m originally from Mogadishu, Somalia which is in Horn of Africa. I live in Acton, West London.

4) What makes you happiest?
What makes me happy is doing the things that I love, which are photography and community activism. Doing these two makes me feel content as I’m helping myself as well as helping others.

5) What inspires you?
Many people inspire me such as influential figures like Malcolm X or the experiences that I’ve witness that made me feel motivated and determined everyday. 

6) What drives you up the wall?
There are many but one in particular is racism. I can’t believe we live in the 21st Century and issues like racism still exist.

7) Describe in three words the society you want to live in.
Change starts NOW!