𝗗𝗶𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲
𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟱 – 𝟳𝗣𝗠 𝗣𝗦𝗧
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Pouneh - Veterinarian with a focus on preventative medicine/public health and extensive experience in education and community organizing. She co-founded SWANA -LA a collective based in Los Angeles which advocates for our \[Southwest Asian & North Afrikan - SWANA\] communities on both a local and global scale. We are a group committed to promoting progressive, conscious, political, and cultural ideals through educational events, action-oriented campaigns, and healing spaces. We are in solidarity with all oppressed peoples. Our collective is geared towards those of SWANA background.
L.E. Brown - L.E. Brown (she/her) is an independent art director, documenter, and researcher based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Her current research project, CYBER SWANA, focuses on digital, conceptual, and multimedia art from Southwest Asia, North Africa, diaspora, and beyond, with an emphasis on women and queer artists. Her book by the same title will be released in 2022. Previously, L.E. was founder and director of East of West gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, which exhibited dozens of SWANA artists working across various mediums. L.E. completed her B.A. in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and is continuing her education towards a postgraduate degree at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Dongwan Hong - Dongwan Hong was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Influenced by his mother, who has an art educational degree, he developed an interest in art at a young age. His parents encouraged him to follow his dream and enrolled him in art middle school. He got his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture at Seoul National University. While at university, Dongwan got interested in wooden sculpture, and while using his own hands to create the sculptures, he learned the importance of the process of art-making. Later on, with the continuous study on Conceptual Art and Institutional Critique, he converted labor, often neglected in art, into the primary value of art-making, and focused on the labor conducted in life as well. Dongwan is the author of his thesis, A Search for the Condition of Art-making – on ‘Artist, Labor, and Exhibition Space,’ 2017.
After two years of experience in working at an art high school in the sculpture department in Goyang, Korea, he moved to the U.S.A. for his second M.F.A. in Art Studio at the University of California, Davis, CA. Being separated from his loved ones, he questions his life. As one who believes strongly in power behind the labor of making art, Dongwan contemplates with his given surroundings and materials which often make him re-imagine the value of labor used during the process, and search for its positive and uniting connections to his body and the world around him.
Now he lives in Athens, Greece in the hope that he creates his own family. Nevertheless, everything looks Greek to him, Dongwan strives to pursue a new language, culture, religion, and a bunch of ways to connect with loved ones both in South Korea and Greece. One of the reasons Dongwan wants to learn Greek is to be able to communicate with his parents-in-law in their language. Dongwan’s search for happiness is ongoing with unknown words every day.
Amal Amer - Amal Amer (they/them) is a trans*disciplinary artist, writer, and facilitator of SWANA descent currently based in California. Their work explores the tension between rootedness and movement in diaspora. Weaving together magic, spirituality, desire, displacement, and state violence, their work colorfully trans*cends gender and media boundaries. Blessed with the gift of traveling between worlds, they move between organizing spaces, nightclubs, moneyed institutions, friends’ couches, and star-storied spirit and plant realms. They have shown across the web and have performed or shown work at USC Roski and Leiminspace in Los Angeles, YallaPunk!’s show at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and La Mutinerie in Paris. Their work has been featured in Reconstructed Mag, Salon al Mahjar, Zafaraan, MILLE World, them, XY&Z and AWID Magazine, and on the podcast they host, Diaspora Babes. They have recently been an artist at the Wassaic Project in New York and HATCH Workshop in California. Though learning is their life long work, they graduated with a BA from Williams College in 2017, and they regularly take herbalism, dance, and astrology classes. Find them at amalamer.com and on Instagram @youcandoithabibi
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