ON/OFF is a series of discussions produced and chaired by online-based collective TabloidArtHistory at Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh. Over the course of three weeks, TabloidArtHistory will receive various internet-based art producers, critics and writers, and explore with them the specificity of their practices, online and offline. ON / OFF seeks to map-out the changes and evolution of the art discourse in the digital era, in conversations entirely led by producers whose work is at the centre of these changes.
13.11.18///Bee Tajudeen from Black Blossoms speaks to TabloidArtHistory about art history online, curation and art production in the digital era
Bolanle Tajudeen is a writer, curator, and the founder of Black Blossoms, an online space and curatorial project highlighting the voice and art of black women in the UK. Created in 2016, Black Blossoms started with an eponymous exhibition centring on black women experience at the University of The Arts, London. In 2017, Black Blossoms created and curated the Exhibition If We Are Going To Heal, Let It Be Glorious, an exhibition “exploring socio-political issues, self love and feminism from the perspective of black women artists”, which toured the UK over the spring/summer, in London, Liverpool and Sheffield. Since then, Black Blossoms has grown into a social media platform, continuing its work of highlighting black voices in the arts, and the work of black women artists, as well as organising conferences and film screenings centring on black womanhood. This year, Bolanle was commissioned to create a course on Black women artists for the Tate Modern in London, Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic, which will take place from October to November 2018. She has written on black art and art history for online publications such as Virginmedia, Process and i-D.
TabloidArtHistory is a social media platform and art journal run collectively by Chloe Esslemont, Elise Bell and Mayanne Soret. Created on Twitter in 2016, and extended to Instagram in January 2018, the platform has gathered over 70K followers cross-platforms since its inception, as well as international press coverage from publications such as Vox, DazedDigital, The Guardian, It’s Nice That or Vanity Fair. Created in 2017, the art and pop culture journal TAH, now in its second volume, brought together creative writing, essays, interviews, and original artworks exploring the intersection of art history and popular culture. Premiered by DazedDigital, TAH VOL.1 has sold to over 250 worldwide, and is still available to read online for free. TabloidArtHistory has also worked with a variety of art and entertainment organisation, creating digital and editorial content for companies such as Sweet (Hearst Media), Polyester Zine, and Art UK.
Image: 'Physical Evidence of Abstract Events' by Bastian Birk Thuesen
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