Support our 1st Zine: In Defiance

by Bosla Arts in London, England, United Kingdom

£919

£2,750 target 20 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 10th November 2021 at 10:47am

To launch a zine supporting 8 artists confronting oppression worldwide, while raising awareness of their situation to the UK public.

by Bosla Arts in London, England, United Kingdom

Who we are 

We are Bosla Arts - a collective of art practitioners and activists who actively seek to support artists worldwide who are facing persecution and imprisonment for their work, while drawing on their experiences to raise and spread awareness to the UK public.

Over the previous decades, we have witnessed movements across the world rise up and challenge corruption, injustice, and poverty. With it, there has been a rise in artists using their creative mediums to express themselves, their politics, and their opinions, while educating others on their socio-political situation. In an attempt to silence them, the world has also seen a distinct increase in clampdowns on artists by governments, militaries, and other oppressive forces.

Our 1st zine

We are raising money to launch a zine taking the 8 points of a compass to feature 8 artists who are using their work to subvert and confront oppression. The zine will be an urgent reaction to the current global situation, responding to parts of the world that are in crisis or flux at the time of the launch.

The first edition will feature artists from different parts of the world who are facing government crackdowns, threats to freedom of expression, and conflict. Each artist will be given space to curate and design up to 5 pages each in any way they like, with help from the Bosla Arts team.

Featured artists include:

Abdulrahman Adriano 

Abdulrahman is from Suez in Egypt and started taking photographs after being inspired by the photojournalists in the Egyptian Revolution - prompting him to buy his 1st camera. Abdulrahman was arrested by the Egyptian authorities on multiple occasions simply for taking photographs.

Ellayeraldina

Ellayeraldina is an illustration project that, through drawing, talks about the daily life of being a racialized woman and everything that emerges from it by Colombian illustrator Yeraldina Márquez. Her work is permeated by topics such as feminism, fashion, the anti-racist struggle, gender issues, social causes, love, friends and in general the small or large situations with which we can feel identified.

 Lady Liberty HK

Lady Liberty HK is a pro-democracy artivists group in Hong Kong. Forming in the early stages of the 2019-2020 Hong Kong protests, the group is committed to rallying Hongkongers, provide support for protestors and raising international awareness towards Hong Kong's struggle towards democracy. 

Mohammed Moussa

Mohammed Moussa is a spoken-word poet, host of Gaza Guy podcast, founder of Gaza Poets Society, and freelance journalist from Gaza. He recently published his debut poetry collection ‘Flamingo’.

Powerpaola

Powerpaola is a Argentina-based, Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist. She is the author of 6 graphic memoirs including Virus Tropical, Por Dentro, Todo Va a Estar Bien and Nos vamos. Her work deals with themes of sexuality, feminism, family, and personal identity.

Nadya Sayapina 

Nadya is an artist, project - creator, & art tutor from Belarus. Her interdisciplinary practice focuses on mediation as a chance to reveal the voices of “others”. On September 7th, 2020, the artist was detained at home and sentenced to 15 days for participating in collective artistic action against violence. 

Shika

Shika is a visual artist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whose work addresses the concerns of Transwomen, LGBT and cross-cultural phenomena. Since 2016 she's tinkering with pixel art & gif animation. 

The zine will be supported by interviews with each artist via social media and in-depth analysis of each featured country.

The Bosla Arts team

Bosla Arts is run by Georgia Beeston, Hossam Fazulla, and Laura El-Tantawy. The name Bosla comes from the Arabic word for compass representing the unison of our nationalities (Egypt, UK), while drawing on the 8 points of the compass as a symbol of our work - covering every direction of the world to show that art activism and its oppression is happening globally.

What the money will go towards

It's important that each artist is paid properly for their contribution and therefore, we will not go ahead with the campaign unless we've raised enough to pay them.

The money will go towards:

  • 8 x artist fees 
  • Print & distribution costs 
  • Advertising fees (Instagram, Facebook) to help spread the word.

Total: £2750

Thank you for your interest and support and please contact us with any questions about Bosla Arts or the zine!

Bosla Arts Team x

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Mini Lady Liberty HK Mini Figure

Get the chance to own a limited edition Lady Liberty HK mini figure, made by Hong Kong protestors. Standing at 4.5cm tall, the mini statue is 3D printed with black or white PLA, and one by one polished by the hands of freedom fighters in Hong Kong. The mini figures help provide employment to protesters with difficulties securing stable employment because of lawsuits, unemployment or political exile. They were generously donated by LLHK

£10 or more

Digital zine

You'll receive a digital copy of the zine sent to your email. Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£15 or more

Printed & Digital Zine

You'll receive a printed copy of the zine sent to your address (UK-only) along with a digital version sent to your email. Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£18 or more

Printed & Digital Zine (international shipping)

You'll receive a printed copy of the zine sent to your address along with a digital version sent to your email. Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£30 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Poster bundle

You'll receive a limited-edition poster (50 only), and a printed zine sent to your address (UK only), as well as a digital zine. Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£60 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Tote bag bundle

You'll receive a limited edition tote bag (25 only), a published zine sent to your address, and a digital zine! Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Everything bundle

You'll receive a limited-edition tote bag, limited-edition poster, and printed zine sent to your address (UK only), as well as a digital zine sent to your email. Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Patron - Silver

You'll receive the everything bundle (limited-edition tote bag, limited-edition poster, printed zine, digital zine), as well as a dedicated thank you across Bosla Arts' social media and website. Plus your name will be featured in the back of the zine!

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Patron - Gold

You'll receive the everything bundle (limited-edition tote bag, limited-edition poster, printed zine, digital zine), as well as a dedicated thank you in the front of the zine and across Bosla Arts' social media and website.

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