DIY Knowledge exhibition
Rich Mix - Lower Cafe Gallery
DIY Knowledge is a multimedia group exhibition that explores DIY Cultures ongoing concerns with self-education, information and news beneath the mainstream, imparting knowledge from margins. The exhibition will feature short film, comics, infographics, digital art and zine archival collections. It features 6 new commissions.
Collectively curated by DIY Cultures (Hamja Ahsan, Helena Wee, Sofia Niazi)
Keep It Complex - make it Clear
ZineFutures East Africa
Turn Your PHD into a zine (Performed by Nina Power)
Other Asias (toybox lexicon)
Liverpool & Hillsborough Solidarity zine collection (1981-2017)
(Zines: What’s the Score?/ The End/ Red All Over the Land/ When Saturday Comes/ When Sunday Comes/ Through the Wind and Rain / Boss with help from Kevin Sampson & Sheila Coleman)
New Film Commission:
Hillsborough & the Zines
Directed by Ali Russell & Hamja Ahsan
Edited and shot by Ali Russell
Information about the Artists & Collectives:
Liverpool & Hillsborough Solidarity zine collection (1981-2017) is an ongoing project looking at zines under Thatcher's Britain. How Zines showed the truth about Hillsborough decades before the MSM and law courts. How Zine helped foster solidarity. Zine humour helped survive the trauma and subverted demonisation of Liverpool city. Zine as working-class Scouse identity. Ali Russell is a filmmaker and activist based in UK of Iranian & Scottish heritage, directed in collaboration with Hamja Ahsan.
Leila is a Chicago-born, Palestinian author and artist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi (Just World Books 2015) was shortlisted for the 2015 Palestine Book Awards. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. Leila has been involved in organizing around the Palestinian cause and the city of Chicago since 2011. She is currently a core member of For The People Artist's Collective. She is also the founder of Bigmouth Press & Comix.
Gemma Anderson studied Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and Falmouth University. She has collaborated on a number of innovative art/science projects including the ‘Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre’. She completed a practice based PhD in 2015 and is currently a research fellow at the University of Exeter and associate Lecturer in Drawing at Falmouth University. Her new book Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science will be launched September 2017. www.gemma-anderson.co. uk/
Sang Mun was a former contractor with the US National Security Agency (NSA) for whom domestic surveillance issues hit especially close to home. He gathered SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) for national security defence purposes, but never for surveillance of American citizens. After leaving his contract things changed. As a designer Sang became dedicated to researching ways to “articulate our unfreedom” evolving his thoughts about censorship, surveillance, and a free society.
Keep It Complex - Make It Clear is a loose group of women artists, designers and art administrators. It formed out of the Britain Is Not An Island campaign during the EU referendum. Our aim is to bring together cultural workers who take a stand against white dick politics, from Brexit to Bannon. In January, Keep It Complex organised an activation weekend and for July we are planning a summer school about political education. Follow us @GBisNoIsland makeitclear.eu
Bookstop Sanaa Art Library & Creative Learning Space (BSS) is an independently run organisation based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The space was founded in 2013 to activate greater curiosity in the theory and practice of the visual arts. To this effect, BSS regularly programmes reading groups, forums, exhibitions and workshops around a variety of themes with particular emphasis on Africa and the Black Diaspora
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom and Marc Fischer. We started working together in Chicago in 1998 as a larger group. In 2008, we started Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and online store. We are currently based in Chicago and Auburn (IN). We produce exhibitions, events, projects, and publications. The distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors is irrelevant to us.
Antiuniversity are interested in creating space for people to meet and share ideas in order to create radical organising communities. This relies on the exchanging of information and there being space for conversation and discussion. Our installation is an invitation to communicate your ideas of what a deinstitutionalised peer to peer learning experience could possibly be. As the installation grows and develops over the month, we hope it creates a platform for people to share radical ideas of education.
Nina Power is a philosopher and activist associated with Defend the Right to Protest. Author of One Dimensional Woman. Turn Your PHD collective was conceived by Hamja Ahsan in a facebook status.
Other Asias is an open collective, initally based in Lahore, Pakistan, Dhaka, Bangladesh and London, UK. operating somewhere between a production company, art movement and creative think-tank. A full list of critical lexicon neologism can be found here: otherasias.webnode.com toy-box/
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Supported by Arts Council England and Tower Hamlets Council.