OOMK: Self-publishing for Activism

 Apr 13, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 Gray Center Lab at Midway Studios

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

How can self-publishing be used as a tool to address, challenge and fight against social injustice? In what ways is self-publishing being used in social movements today to inform, educate and bring about change? Taking inspiration from cultural and political activist John La Rose, cartoonist Naji al Ali, the magazine Gidra, and groups such as See Red Women's Workshop, the panel discussion aims to explore how artists and activists across the globe are using self-publishing to address urgent issues today.

Panelists Leila Abdelrazaq (author and artist), Marc Fischer (Temporary Services), Tempestt Hazel (independent curator), Sheika Lugtu (cartoonist and researcher) and members of OOMK share their perspectives and discuss the different ways that artists and activists in their communities are self-publishing for activism. The session is introduced by Yesomi Umolu (Logan Center Exhibitions Curator).

Since 2013 the UK-based artist collective OOMK (Sofia Niazi, Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara) has been dedicat exploring intersections of art, activism and publishing. Their biannual magazine, OOMK, specifically explores the diasporic activism, art and identities of women, and is distributed across the UK and selected outlets internationally. They will in residence in Chicago during the spring as part the Arts & Social Practice Fellowship, an exchnage program for artists facilitated by the British Council and Logan Center Exhibitions.

More on OOMK and the Arts & Social Practice Fellowship.