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