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.
8.11.18/// Samar Ziadat from Dardishi speaks to TabloidArtHistory about social media, advocacy and academia, and contemporary curation.
Samar Ziadat is a curator, educator and activist based in Glasgow, Scotland. She is the co-founder of both dardishi.com, an online publication and zine by and for arab womxn, and dardishi fest, an upcoming art festival about arab womxn to be taking place at the CCA, Glasgow. A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Ziadat has been an invaluable member of the Scottish art scene since her graduation in 2016 with an MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism. She was a Mophradat Art Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow in 2018, a curatorial intern at the Glasgow Women’s Library in 2016, and a Community Outreach Trainee at the Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. She currently works as a Community Outreach Coordinator at Glasgow Zine Festival, and is curator in residence at 16 Nicholson St, Glasgow, as well as a committee member at Transmision Gallery and the Scottish Queer International Film Festival. Her community-focused practice centres on issues of decoloniality and queerness, and she presents talks, delivers workshops, writes and produces zines exploring the hidden histories and under acknowledged achievements of marginalised communities.
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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