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Symrath Patti is an artist based in London and also one of the founders of Panchayat Archive. She is currently studying at Dartington Arts Trust. Her work is mixed media based, exploring the periphery and the intersectional of being in Black/ Asian in British culture; dealing with race, class, gender, culture and geography.
The early exhibitions and curating included: ‘Creation for Liberation’ 1985, ‘Artists Against Racism’ 1989, ‘Panchayat’ 1988 at Soho Poly Theatre, ‘Jagrati’ 1986, ‘The Complete Promise’ 1990, ‘Cuban Biennale’ 1991, ‘Cher Cher La Femme’ 1996.
Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Symrath worked in arts development and education creating a space for dialogues, this included the Dominion Center in Southall, Asian womens arts group in Woolwich, here she was involved in developing policy from grassroots; to bring about change and representation into institutions.
She has been an advisor and worked for many different organisations, a few of them were Greater London Arts board and Campaign Organisations such as Southall Monitoring Group - networking and creating support also this included Watermans Art Center; setting up an Asian advisory group and she was the first Black/Asian member of the board.
In 2018, she exhibited at Kingsway Corridor at Goldsmiths University, showing work that explores Asian patriarchy in culture. Next year, she will be doing a solo exhibition at the muse gallery in west London.
Samia Malik is an artist and designer. In 2002, she launched her clothing label Samia Malik ihtgw, independently sold worldwide. In 2004, she studied MA Womenswear at Central Saint Martins, London. In 2007, she designed for musician M.I.A. From 2012–2014, she studied MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. The central focus of Samia’s art practice has been on issues of: racism, sexism, Islamophobia and social injustice. She is the director and co-founder of WOCI (Women of Colour Index) Reading Group. She currently works for Shades of Noir at University of Arts, London as an Academic Support Lecturer and is writing a book about WOCI Reading Group contracted by publishers Book Works. ...