Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone, both with a background in the visual arts – working together under the name of ‘buren’ (neighbours) – have ventured into performance, video and installations.
Oshin Albrecht (b. 1986) is a visual artist who initially studied painting at LUCA School of Arts in Ghent. After that she studied at a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels. She worked as a performer in the exhibition All the knives at Z33 (2012-2013) and was a solo performer in the film A Way of Making by Frederique Bergholz (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution) and Maria Pask. In 2012, Oshin Albrecht cofounded the ‘buren’ collective together with Melissa Mabesoone. Their work consists of performances, videos, texts, photographs and installations. In all these forms of expression, they play with themes like feminism, community, sexuality, pop music and neoliberal fantasies.
Melissa Mabesoone (b. 1988) switched after a year of Philosophy to the study of Graphic Arts at the School of Arts|KASK Ghent. In 2014, she performed in Davis Freeman’s Fathers and sons. In 2015, she performed in Everything Depends On How a Thing is Thought II by Peter Aers, and in Anonymity of the Night – The Guard Room by Assaf Gruber, and she worked for Dora Garcia at the Venice Biennale. In her visual work, she creates fictional realities by manipulating existing images (photographs) to produce surprising collages.