Against The Odds 2:
Open Studios

Leia Mocan

Leia Mocan Umbilical Cord Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

Umbilical Cord, video, 14 min; An eulogy of transformation marking the continuous migration of self, interleaved with witness testimonials, historical and found imagery.

Zahra Khan

Zarah headshot Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

Through prose and images, I am reflecting on my relationship with my mother and her country, my body parts, and the witch in Pakistani mythology.

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa

Imogen headshot Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

A trailer for my short film ” Bed Of Leaves” in which I seek to draw attention to the ever rising death toll of trans women of colour worldwide.


Leia – Umbilical Cord, video, 14 min; An eulogy of transformation marking the continuous migration of self , through the means of video production, interleaved with witness testimonials , historical and found imagery. From a conceptual perspective, this body of work explores the metamorphosis of the artist’s self-shifting identity recalling the unique historical conditions and events in the Communist Romania of 1987.

Imogen-Blue – Recently she has been working primarily with her experience as a Latinx Trans woman, exploring modes of normalizing public conversation around trauma, specifically as it relates to trans identity. Working in photography, vocal performance and audio production, Imogen-Blue uses the ‘stage’ (sometimes a public site) to allow the body to become greater than it is in isolation, shifting everyday dynamics to allow fantasy to become a reality. The piece i am showing is a short trailer for my short film ” Bed Of Leaves” in which I seek to draw attention to the ever rising death toll of trans women of color worldwide. Statistics show that in 2019 there were around 400 reported murder cases in the US, my home state of Texas making up about 33 of those cases, all of which were persons of color. The film seeks to show the audience the reality of who these men who claim trans panic defenses are (Transpanic” defense strategy is a legal strategy that asks a jury to find that a victim’s gender identity/expression is to blame for a defendant’s violent reaction, including murder.) as well as how transphobia, shame and toxic masculinity are proliferated through toxic constructs. The work draws comparisons between fantasy, the sublime, desire and violence, highlighting a critical issue in the world today in hopes of creating dialogues around trans narratives and the urge for creating protections for the trans community.

In my group we all had a unified theme of Transformation and the magical/fantastic, my work seeks to address the idea of shifting narratives, trans identity, and magical realism in film.

Zarha: My work is a written response to themes agreed in my artists group of transformation, the body and shape shifting. Through a series of scanned notebook pages featuring prose and images, I will be reflecting on my relationship with my mother and her country, my body parts, and the witch in Pakistani mythology.

The Work

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The Artists

Leia Mocan

Leia Mocan is a multimedia artist and activist working in the mediums of Photography, Sculpture, Art Installation, Art Performance, and Painti. Leia graduated in 2019 from the Griffith College where she earned a BA in Visual Arts, Photography. She was accepted in the Stand Collective Ideas program, a collaborative and creative initiative funded by Irish Aid with a focus on global issues based on the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) framework. As part of this initiative of Suas Educational Development, Leia developed the project “#StopWearingDeadSkin which reached 20k audience in the first 10 days after launch”. Her work was featured in the group exhibition “Cultural memory, transition, temporality” included in the “Culture Night Festival 2019” and several other local and international exhibitions. She received the “Covid-19 Crisis Response Award”, founded by Arts Council ( June 2020 ). 

Artist’s Statement

My work is not intended to look beautiful, to be defined as a decorative object, to please the eye. Here, aesthetics performs a different function, it acts as a form of mass communication, a channel through which an effect is transmitted. My practice represents a platform to address the environmental agenda in a conceptual context, promoted throughout all the production cycles: concept, development, project execution & presentation. These bodies of work which are created entirely out of up-cycled elements aim to promote our planet’s natural resources, creating environmental awareness, in the hope of impacting the consumer behaviour. Through these objects, we may learn to honour and preserve humanity’s life support system which unfortunately, is taken for granted in our culture

Zahra Khan

Zahra Khan (Dublin) – emerging visual artist, writer and photographer, born in Cork to a Turkish/Pakistani mother and Afghan/Pakistani father who had emigrated to Ireland in 1996.

Artist’s Statement

In my art I like to make art which explores the conflict, confusion and rewards that come from being part of a multi-ethnic and diverse background. I am interested in holding a mirror up to the strain and guilt that sometimes comes from this experience, and challenging the observer into reflecting on their own preconceptions of what “eastern” art should look like. For this project I have focused on using prose to do this, a medium that I had been taking a break from but which feels appropriate and doable in lockdown, due to a lack of studio and supply access.

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London. Hinojosa has traveled extensively with her practice including the Ireland, US, UK, Japan, China, and Scandinavia. Having lived in so many countries, she is constantly reflecting on her home and culture as a Mexican American, which features prominently in her work.

Open Call


Call for submissions for visual arts and multidisciplinary projects by or involving migrant and culturally diverse artists for the Centre for Creative Practices’ 2025 programme

Deadline – 25/02/2024


Open Call | Centre for Creative Practices Programme 2025

The Centre for Creative Practices invites submissions from PROFESSIONAL migrant and culturally diverse artists and local artists working with culturally diverse artists for our 2025 visual arts and multidisciplinary programme. We especially welcome participatory, collaborative, multidisciplinary and experimental proposals by individual artists and collectives. All projects have to include an artist’s talk and a participatory workshop for audiences.

We are inviting project proposals for two strands of our programme:

  • New Voices of Ireland Series
  • Third Space


THE NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES aims to offer broad audiences a unique chance to engage with high-quality work by selected migrant and culturally diverse artists of various disciplines.

THIRD SPACE – collaborative projects between migrant and culturally diverse artists

Artists’ fees, production and marketing costs will be covered, and curatorial and production support will be offered by CFCP for the selected project. Up to 10 projects will be selected.

How to

Interested artists should submit ONE SINGLE PDF document containing the following information:

  • Project/Exhibition proposal – 500 words max
  • CV/History of artistic practice – max 1 A4 page
  • 6 images of recent work – with titles and medium, where appropriate with dimensions
  • Artistic workshop proposal
  • Project budget
  • Proposed timeline venue

Please submit your proposals via email to In the subject line please state: Programme proposal 2025, CFCP

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch via email or just give us a call at 086-6084020.

The submission deadline is Sunday – 25/02/2024. Late applications will not be accepted.




Centre for Creative Practices Ltd. (CFCP) is a not-for-profit, national development and resource organisation for migrant & culturally diverse artists in Ireland.

CFCP is committed to professionally supporting, effectively showcasing and developing the talent of migrant artists, offering tailored artistic and capacity-building programmes, mentoring, and resources, and helping artists to access the local arts scene and build sustainable careers.

Migrant-centred and migrant-led, CFCP is acknowledged as a pioneer and catalyst for promoting cultural diversity, intercultural collaboration and exchange.

Join In


The New Voices of Ireland Series is a flagship project of integrative, cultural practice between migrant and local artists as well as audiences curated and presented by the Centre for Creative Practices.

The New Voices of Ireland Series aims to:

  • Connect creative talent from new communities and various social groups from all over Ireland
  • Give migrant and culturally diverse artists an opportunity to share their work and talent with a wide local and international audience
  • Engage artists to express their views on social challenges and the role of culture in modern society through artistic practice
riding the giants Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

The New Voices of Ireland Series is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Queries: If you have any questions, please contact or call 086-6084020         

Alpha Eosin Red Ink on Vinyl Co polymer 2.2 x 2.2 cm 2015 M Geddis Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity
Alpha Graphite Ink on Vinyl Co polymer 2.2 x 2.2 cm 2015 M Geddis Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity
Bare Life 260cms x 260cms Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity