Shanti Suki Osman – 2017, II

Shanti Suki Osman, Photo: Helin

Shanti Suki Osman (1983, Nottingham, UK; MA Music Education, Institute of Education, AHRC Studentship 2013) is a Berlin-based musician, researcher and educator. In her workshops she employs singing, song writing, performance and sound art, music-making and radio as a means of considering the themes: identities and privilege, cultural commodification and appropriation, feminisms, (post)colonial criticisms and activism.

With Late Nights In Squat Bars she writes and sings feminist electro-pop with Dafne Della Dafne, and organises festivals and group shows – receiving government grants in 2013, 2014, 2015 including for the concert series (Restriction/Restraint/Rebirth; Authorized Access), the Community Music Video Project (Seen Thru Flughafenkiez) and the interactive sound installation (VoicedOver @ 48 Stunden NK). In her monthly radio show Hidden Stories on Colaboradio (88vier), she tells stories with words and music about activism, politics and art from various corners of the world. Shanti Suki regularly presents at music and music education conferences on topics concerning women* of colour, identity and technology (including at Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism:: 2016 WHITE NOISE, London College of Communication, November 2016, Vocality / Instrumentality, Huddersfield University, UK; Out of Space an der Copenhagen Arts University, June 2017).

Recent solo projects include the autobiographical listening and singing performance Skewed (English Theater Berlin, April 2017), considering self-exoticism as empowerment. Shanti Suki moderates discussions on such topics in the panel discussion series, The Artist’s Role in Society. She attends KontextSchule at Universität der Künste, Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Berlin, a course which brings teachers and artists together to investigate intersectional and anti-discriminatory approaches to arts education.