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Ema, Art exhibitionist
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About Ema
I do street art exhibitions … well not exactly that, but exhibitions with street artists.  Also I manage artists.  I’ve done my shows here and now I want to expand.  I run these out of the gallery behind me. I used to work next door, and this space that became available. I knew I wanted my own area and was encouraged to take this leap of faith. There was one small bulb, the walls were green, full of holes and the place filled with rubbish basically. So for three days I locked myself away and created my gallery.

I left Bulgaria when I was 16. I‘ve had a passion for art since I can remember. There isn’t the same platform for art and what I wanted to do there, and I knew I would leave at one point.

We met five minutes ago for the first time

Luis: We studied together in illustration, she works for a newspaper that I illustrated for, he is a skill full illustrator and he is a fashion professional in character – is that a good description.

Rafael: We met five minutes ago for the first time. 

Manrutt: But it was planned. We have kept in touch through Instagram, and then Luis told us he was coming to London, so we all arranged this day to finally meet in person. 

Luis: I never been in London before so I came with my husband for three days and then I messaged the group to say I’m here and we should meet. 

Jeremy: Plan today? We don’t have any plan for the day. We don’t have any plan you know… artists(!)

Manrutt: It is really important to connect. Working individually as a freelancer can be very isolated. Sometimes we are treated very poorly by others in the industry. So it is good to meet other like-minded artists to share our stories, exchange opinions, and to know I have support and not to suffer in silence. This will build a genuine, loving, and supportive community. In the world of social media where everything is consumed digitally, I miss and value human contacts. This can become rare in the capital city and I would like to break this cliche and do it more often.

From left to right: Manrutt, Luis Camargo, Rafael Zugliani, Ana, Jeremy Combot

– check out the Profiles tab for more info. and contact details for on Manrutt and Luis –

POST OF THE WEEK: At the time I was engaged to a girl for four years… she saw things differently after her depression

“Once I finished law school, I worked as a junior lawyer back in Romania. I had shorter hair then.
But after that I got a project, in art – I wrote scenarios for theatre places and also played as an actor in a remake of Oscar Wilde’s book. We did an adaptation on his play, a Portrait of Dorian Grey – read the book if you haven’t done so. We adapted it to our day, with a modern version of the character. It’s a very psychological story, about religion, and power… and what happens to him once he takes his Uncle’s fortunes.
I chose to quit my both jobs – as a junior lawyer and as a manager in a big company involved in real estate construction. At that time I was engaged to a girl for four years, who was a judge. She fell in depression for a long time… and she saw things differently after her depression. You know, she studied a lot and didn’t go out anymore. After a long period of this, she didn’t have any more energy, any more power to fight against any of the difficulties. And you have to provide a happiness to your soul so you can keep good balance. She is now in a hospital for people with mental issues. So she came one day and said “I don’t love you anymore, I don’t want to be together”. And really I was doing both the jobs for her because I wanted to be able to provide her the comfort. As a man I do not need that many things, she needed more the make up, the clothes… I was just wanting to share the feelings with someone and have what I need, nothing luxurious.
After this I decided I can’t stay anymore in my country, everywhere I went we had a memory ‘we went there for the first time to eat’ or ‘we met at that corner’ and so on. So I knew I had to change places and start a new life. Then I got this project from a friend of mine, I met her in Milano when I was playing soccer for Inter Milan. She was a Director from the United States. So I showed her Milan and Italy, and we made friends. She knew I was writing poetry and other things, and she proposed me ‘you have talent, you should focus on this… look I have a good opportunity for you – we are going with a private theatre in the US. It is mostly with a charity but they are paying well, and you can help to write the scenarios with us’.
I accepted and started to work with them… and then they thought it was a good idea for me to also try as an actor. They gave me some training, and I started to let my hair grow, because it was for the role. Now the project has finished but I have decided to keep the hair.”

Music is my life, my theme of life

“I came here first with the idea to stay for one year; that was 7 years ago. Back home in South of France, there’s beaches, weather is good, food is good and… that is it, nothing else to do.

Music is my life, my theme of life – I’m a DJ, producer, I do events, parties, record music, radio shows, it is all I do and it’s what I have. And over all these years I have seen that with music, it really does change lives, it can open people up and reveal their inner thoughts and desires to them”.

I remember helping direct a play for school and thought ‘So I can tell people what to do and it’s art?… OMG I so want to do this’

“I remember seeing Nichole for the first time four months ago. And I thought she was horrible, she just stared at me in a nasty way I dunno what it was. But one day when a bunch of friends were hanging out, we didn’t spend too much time together during the day, but then she asked if I wanted to come home and I was thinking ‘um ok what’s happening here’. So I went, she introduced me to her flatmates and other friends, and since then I have been hanging out with her every day. It’s weird – but we just keep getting closer and finding out new stuff about each other.I don’t think you can get tired of a person unless you want to get tired.

I moved here 2 years ago from Romania. So I’ve studied everything, I did 18 subjects. And I was really good with Science but I realised one day I just can’t do this all my life. And I moved away because people there didn’t appreciate Art as much.

Since I was 11 I realised I wanted to direct. I remember helping direct a play for school and thought ‘I can tell people what to do and it’s art?… OMG I so want to do this’. As I read more books, I realised it was definitely for me and I told myself I got to move away if I’m gonna do this properly. So when I was 16 I spoke to my dad:

‘I’m moving to England’

‘What? No you’re not’

‘Yeh yeh I am, watch me’

‘OK then, maybe then, maybe don’t run away from home, do you need help with a place to stay?’

So here I am.

I tell Nichole every day – “you know in 10 years, Louis Vuitton will be our pocket money. Then we will be there on the red carpet and you will be there with me”… and then she will say two words and it will be quote of the year. She doesn’t talk that much and then when she says something, it’s the kind of the true spoken words.

I hope that we will travel to refugee camps to do the performance

“It’s funny you ask how we know each other, because we all just met today. They are from Holland, and I came over from France. But we’ve all come here to work for Jason Mabana.

It’s with the Condoco Dance Company. We’ve been chosen to work on a dance project, which we had to audition for back home. So it really was a big moment when I found out I had been chosen.

The project will be about Aleppo. Not in a sad, tragic way – but more to tell the story of it, in a creative style. And there are plans, I hope, that we will travel to refugee camps to do the performance, which will be so nice; but we are not sure yet when this will happen. For now, it is already confirmed that we will be at the Sadler’s Wells theatre, which should be great. We have one month here to work on this, and then again in end of April before performing.

The dance centre is not far from here, but I made a big mistake – we were told that it was in Edgware, and I when I looked at the map I thought it was Edgware Road! So I am staying quite far from here right now!

Wennah, Naima & Raoul

The body is weird and wonderful and I want to be able to fix it when it ‘goes wrong’

I’ve just been out shopping at Westfield, and I managed to get through it all without getting angry once. So that’s already my first achievement of the day.

I grew up in Norfolk – and even though there’s not much to do there compared to London, I recommend everyone to visit there because its famous for Dinosaurs and its petting zoo. Trust me it’s amazing.

Right now I’m studying Physio, because… I want to fix people. The body is weird and wonderful and I want to be able to fix it when it ‘goes wrong’. People in my team get injured all the time. I’m big into roller blading so I’m used to seeing falls and injuries. And sure, I’ve been injured myself – i’ve actually broken both wrists. And also, I broke my ankle… on Valentine’s day… how’s that for a treat.

My word of advice: do a good thing every day, even carrying someone’s shopping. That’s what I do. So I have something to feel great about every day.

Simone Clarke, Physio Student