Rebeka Rácz aka Rebu Ceramics
I'm Rebeka Rácz, living and working in Budapest, Hungary. I am a self-taught artist whose medium currently is ceramics.

I discovered the discipline a couple of years ago and since then I love to express myself with it's help. I make a lot of objects, all with a special design. They are all unique, one-of-a-kind, non repeatable objects which represent me, my visions of the ordinary things and the habits we live with. I like to question the evident: what makes a mug be a mug? Why handles are always the same?

I like to experiment with colours, shapes, forms, constellations and harmonies. The result is a lot of playful, colorful and interesting ceramic objects on the border of art and design, decorative objects and artworks. My main inspiration is questioning norms and leaving conventions behind - which I try to do in a humorous and brave way.
Laura Szári

Laura Szári is the choir master of the formidably amateur choir, Varsányi SzIrének. Check them out here.

Laura uses mime and contemporary dance across a range of performance ideations.

Laura was the key choreographer of the dance piece 'Deck: a dance in development' for the 2018 LoveFest in Budapest.

Luiza Moraes

Luiza Moraes is a Brazilian performance artist currently based in Budapest, Hungary. With an extensively interdisciplinary trajectory, she has studied and worked with contemporary dance, somatic practices, performance art, History and traditional crafts.

Her work stems largely from an interest in movement, presence and ways of being in the world.

In Budapest she co-founded Still Untitled, an experimental performance community and platform. She is part of the organization and curatorial team of SLANT, and co-founder of performance company AVOEC.

She earned a Bachelor's Degree in History from UFRGS (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), and a Master's degree in dance and performance from the University Paris8 and CNDC/Angers. She is currently a trainee at the Feldenkrais Institut Wien.

Luiza is a key advisor to the Ways Residency project.


mkm is a Budapest-based producer and sound artist.

They are a co-founder and host of the Slant Performance Series.

mkm performed at the 2018 LoveFestival in Budapest and produced the soundtrack for the festival's accompanying publication.

Listen to them here.I
Lieke Hettinga

Lieke Hettinga is a PhD candidate the Central European University, Hungary and Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Lieke's research responds to the fast-paced changes in the cultural visibility of transgender issues across neoliberal Western-European and North-American contexts in the last two decades. It examines the ways in which artists and activists visualize, represent and/or enact non-normative embodiments, more specifically looking at the intersection of trans and disability visual politics and poetics of the body. By exploring how the visual rhetoric of trans and disability activism is complexly entangled with questions pertaining to rights, recognition and appearance, it investigates artistic and activist practices that allow for a reconsideration of the possible connections, affinities, and dissonances between transgender and disability politics.
Ewa is a queer stick and poke artist from Budapest via Poland. They specialise in hand drawn images of whimsical animals and faraway creatures. Follow them on instagram here.
Roxana Băcian
Roxana Băcian has recently returned to Romania after living in the UK for the past nine years. With a background in service and graphic design, their current practice lies at the intersection of poetry and physical imagination, curious how language can capture the minutiae of universal experience and how movement can activate the physical body in an increasingly sedentary society. Their project Romanian in Romania documents their experience of reintegrating in Romania and collates stories of other Romanians returning to their country. Together with the team at Enrol Yourself, a peer-to-peer learning accelerator, they are designing methods to interweave mind with body within lifelong learning.

Réka Forgách
Réka Forgách is a writer and maker from Budapest via Buffalo, New York.

Réka is coming to ways to deep dive into an experiment with costume and latex.
Miles Honey
I am a cartoonist, printmaker, and humble draftswoman from Detroit and BFA student at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design.

My comics have been published in Silver Sprocket's As You Were anthology, What The F magazine, Sweaty Palms Anthology and others, and I edited the anthology Brain Garbage Comics for three volumes.

As an illustrator, I communicate directly with musicians and other clients to craft unique, detailed designs for merchandise that reflect their style through visual language and convey the narratives present in their work in single images that can easily be printed on album covers, shirts, stickers, and posters.

Terézia Poljaková
Terezia likes to step over the lines between various disciplines, to create new space for displaying art. Her practice includes installation, performance, photography, video but also tattoos (she likes to call them street art).

Focusing mostly on the world inside ones mind, touching themes of psychical and emotional health, sexuality, human interactions and relationship with our environment.

Searching for an uniform language. Combining the aesthetics of haute couture fashion, brothel in Amsterdam and a messy green house.
Derek Sargent
Derek Sargent is an artist currently based in Adelaide Australia. His multi-media practice includes moving image, sculpture forms, installation and photography.

Artist statement:
My work investigates themes of sexual identity, authenticity and popular cultural production. I explore evolvements of queer identity and draw on historical references and materials to critique twenty first century dominant histories as they are bound in normative sexual identities. My interest in questioning why and how notions of authenticity are privileged within different historical and political moments therefore approaches and explores sexual identity beyond sexual practice and rather as a site of rich production and expression within and responding to existing structures of power. I am especially interested in examining situations where inauthenticity can create contradictions within dominant histories and thus amplify queer narrative. I see my work skewing the narrative of sexuality towards one that jars common interpretations. The point at which this cognitive jarring occurs represents what theorist Alexander Doty refers to as a 'queer moment', that is, when the narrative of heteronormativity is thrown off course for a moment, for anyone regardless of sexual identity.

Image: Emulate, digital prints, aluminium, coloured lights, dimensions varied, 2014.
Photo Grant Hancock

Mars Gomes
Mars Gomes is a rebel dyke based in London. She is going to the residency to unwind and find the missing thread for the development of one of her current pieces.

Mars' work is loud, messy and unapologetic. Her trade fluctuates between the classification of artefacts and the objectification of "self" on display in a sort of abject way. Queer and left wing, yet unconcerned with it's contextual politicisations and trends . She reflects her sexuality and political views in a natural non-partisan way.

Mars works with a variety of mediums: sculpture, installation, paper cut-out technique, drawing photography and recently film. She is now working towards an exhibition with a series of melting ice sculptures. And a large scale paper cut-out landscape installation piece.

The ice sculptures are based on major worldwide events such as: Yemen, Syrian wars and the Antarctic melt.

The landscape installation is an allegory to our disappearing world with cut out paper technic, made with hand crafted Japanese paper and film projections . Gyula is set to be included in this installation piece.

image one:
Frozen (Yemen) 2019
Melting ice piece 37 x 10 x 8 cm

More at her website here.
Alison Coppe
Alison Coppe is a poet and singer from Adelaide, South Australia. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Adelaide. Her work and research focuses on performance, fictocritical strategies, queer feminism, gender and sexuality, and contemporary theories of writing memory and the body. Her work has been published by SodPress, Gargouille, Dubnium, UN Magazine, TEXT and has appeared in Noted Festival, LoveFest 2017 and Feast Festival.
Essy Hart
Essy Hart is a Los Angeles based abstract painter and ritualist. Her art practice explores love, friction, ancestry and spiritual courage. Her side project Queer Love Letters is a playful exploration in queer relational depth and interpersonal transformation.

Insta: @queer_love_letters @essyplaysdirty
Mac McCusker
Mac is a ceramic artist and activist from North Carolina. Mac's work address the policing of gender, anti-discrimination laws, bathroom bills an issues relating to the the LGBTQI community. .

Insta: @mac_art_cermaics
Shoshana Walfish
Shoshana Walfish is a Canadian oil painter living and working in Brussels, Belgium. Her work focuses on themes of identity, family, collective history, mental health and feminism, mainly through portraiture. Her style is influenced by academic painters of the nineteenth century but with a fresh approach. She holds a Bfa from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and a diploma in Classical Painting from the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Her work is in private collections across Europe and North America.

Insta: shoshanawalfish
Heather Kelly
Heather Kelly is a collage artist living in Northern California. They experiment largely with found images, fabricating surreal figures and landscapes which focus on our relationships with universal human experiences, primarily sexuality, death, and anxiety. Informed by the practices of dada and surrealist artists of the 20th century, Heather relies heavily on instinct and subconscious associations, allowing for compositions to come together spontaneously.

.Insta: @sickpleasure
Evelin Sillén
During the four years that followed my mothers passing I've been working on a film. I
wanted to capture grief within a specific framework: the farmland and the community
where we had shared a life together.
I took this as a point of departure when trying to understand something. About myself.
About art and grief. About the art of dealing with grief. It can be done with art or with
tenderness: there is nothing there to be concurred. But you can take it with you and carry
it, as something to reshape and be shaped by. Grief to me is something both personal and
collective, political and poetical all at once. For many years now, I have been politically
very depressed. I have learned to find comfort in the local communities that I am part of.
The ones that I help to create by letting them have an impact on me, on my life. When I
think about change I think of healing.
My artistic practice moves within love and fear, and I work mainly with video and sound. If
my practice was a location it would be both indoors and outdoors. In the woods and on the
countryside, in the city. Center and periphery. Together with friends and only just about to
grow up. I wish for myself and others: flexible bodies and minds. I want common working
spaces and a room of ones own. We'll have love, sex and enough money. I would like to
meet a wolf dog and share my life with her and make families with many. I wish for
laughter and hard work.
Nicole Isabelle
Nicole Isabelle @magicleafpaintings is a Brooklyn-based Artist, Dancer and Arts Educator. Primarily a painter, Nicole is coming to ways to work on her Magic Leaf Paintings, a series of colorful expressive paintings that she creates from meditation that are then printed with gathered leaves. Intentions of healing and joy go into these pieces and she is looking forward to working with found leaves in Gyula and spending as much time outside in nature as possible!
Karolina Brobeck
I am a feminist and an autodidact ceramicist from Malmö, Sweden.
I need to work to feel alive, and working with clay gives me the sense of an endless progress forward, making me feel in tune with myself and a sometimes seemingly hopeless world. Maybe it is partly due to me having Asberger's syndrome, or maybe it is just my own version of something we all need: purpose.

I have participated in exhibitions in London, Paris and Malmö.

I have previously worked as a documentary filmmaker and as a chef.

Photo: Petra Bindel. Styling: Emma Persson Lagerberg
Jeram Yunghun Kang
I enjoy listening to people's stories and also telling my own. I am always industrious in my artwork and projects, and these qualities have enabled me to create projects based on shared conversations with people in different fields. I have always been on the side of the disadvantaged: helping workers, refugees, sexual minorities and the disabled get their voices heard. In short, my theme of practice is 'small voice with a big impact,' reflected in my works, Amran's Bus (2019) for refugees, You come in I come out (2018) for sexual minorities, Find Font (2016) for the deaf, Invisible women (2012) for workers. In all these works, I have tried to extensively communicate with the underprivileged in many different ways.

I also enjoy observing and collecting a variety of everyday materials, creating works to increase depth and powers of persuasion. A typical example is There is no rule! (2012), a compilation of opinions on how to use chopsticks. I interviewed from many nationalities and age groups different people about the correct way of using chopsticks, reaching the conclusion that all manner of methods should be respected, and finally compiled the book in the form of chopsticks. In Naomi, Na omi (2015), I collected scents reminding me of warm memories of my mother to write five topics and make a perfume based on them. Sunday Lunch in London (2017) also shares a similar theme. I collected eight different Londoners' memories of Sunday lunch in London through interviews and arrived at a keyword for each story to be symbolised by an object. Afterwards, I visually reconstructed them on a table. The stories of my interviewees may have been small but it was not the case for their memories as symbolised.


Iiris Silvola
My name is Iiris Silvola and I'm a 24-year old visual artist from Finland. I'm a painter but I also make prints and work as a tattoo artist.

People are the main topic in my work: through portraits I handle themes like loneliness, identity and feminism. I get my inspiration both from the history and the popular culture.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. I study currently art history at Åbo Akademi University.

Indira Allegra
Memorial as a genre is vital for its ability to hold the tension which grief creates inside crafted objects, spaces and rituals.

Indira Allegra is re-imagining what a memorial can feel like, the scale on which it can exist and how it can function through the practices of performance, sculpture and installation. Deeply informed by the ritual, relational and performative aspects of weaving, Allegra explores the repetitive crossing of forces held under tension be they material, social or emotional. Their work has been featured in exhibitions at Museum of Art and Design, The Arts Incubator in Chicago, John Michael Kholer Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Mills College Art Museum, Weinberg/Newton, Museum of the African Diaspora, The Alice Gallery and SOMArts among others.

Their commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Allegra's work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, Art Journal, KQED and Surface Design Magazine. She has been the recipient of the Artadia Award, Tosa Studio Award, Windgate Craft Fellowship and Jackson Literary Award and has received support from the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, MAP Fund and Queer Cultural Center.

Indira has been a visiting artist at Southern Denmark University and Mills College and is a former Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University, Shelly Osborne visiting artist at UC Berkeley and Lia Cook Jacquard artist in residence at the California College of the Arts. She is a triennial 2019-2022 Montalvo Art Center Sally and Don Lucas Artist Fellow.
Magdalena Gasser
Lena*, Lenz*, Lorence*
Lena is a musician and social worker from Austria, based in Vienna.

They play in several bands such as Just Friends and Lovers, Lonesome Hot Dudes, Lime Crush, Bosna, Goldsoundz and Pulpa, performing on drums, bass guitar, guitar, keys and vocals. Lenz also likes to draw comics now and then, and is working with teenagers. They were also organizing feminist Jam sessions and working with the pink noise girls
rock camps.
Losing Oil
Losing Oil is a new band formed by friends on residency at Ways. The members are:

Liepa is a musician and an artists from Eastern Europe, currently residing in Graz, Austria. She founded the band Petrol Girls (posthardcore/feminist punk) where she co-wrote, played bass guitar and sang until recently. Leaving Petrol Girls created a huge gap in her life for new projects. Spending time creating and playing at Gyula 2019 residency made the perfect fertile ground to start a new band with the others called Losing Oil, which will be continued way past
the perimeter of the residency!

Liepa is also a visual artists combining disciplines such as creative coding, technology and fine arts.

Pete Prison IV is an autodidact multi-instrumentalist from Vienna. His current projects are /Bosna/ (hypnojazz/postpunk) and /Vereter/ (darkfolk/liedermacherei). After the recent breakup with his postrock band/Mekongg/ he found new love in the punky band project which was formed at the residency in Gyula: LOSING OIL!

Veza Fernandez is Losing Oil's singer and screamer more info about her:

Madi O' Carroll
I make it because I want to share it with you. At the end of my process you are waiting for me."

Madi is a queer actor and theatre-maker from Ireland who sees art activism as essential in her creative work. Madi is currently looking to explore new formats for how gender, sexuality and perceptions of identity shape and are shaped by our work. She's in the early stages of writing/researching a piece that explores Western perceptions and exercises of freedom, particularly with a view of deconstructing the heteronormative, capitalist lens through which most of these perceptions are viewed. As a queer woman Madi is fascinated by these structures; where they come from, how they harm us and what the experience is for those who reject them. She is passionate about politicised story-telling and bringing forward-facing queer perspectives and experiences to theatre. During her residency is Ways she will be focusing on writing and devising dialogues between audience and performer, exploring alternative styles and approaches to story-telling and mapping out scripts to be improved and developed with fellow queer performers upon her return home to Dublin.
Rowan Frewin
Rowan Frewin (they/them) is a freelance illustrator based in London, UK. Their work largely focuses on queer history and their experiences as a trans person including their zines 'People Who Menstruate' and 'A Potted Trans History' . They largely work in riso printing. You can purchase prints here.
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