Samina Islam

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Samina Islam

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Samina Islam is a multidisciplinary artist working with mixed medium containing needlework. Her recent works have focused on identity of self and abstraction of nature. She lives and works in Karachi, where she received a Fine Art diploma. She has participated in several artist residencies where she has worked on projects inspired by the surroundings and culture of the country.

She has exhibited in Pakistan and internationally. She also took part in the first Art Biennale held in Karachi in 2017. Her work has been used as cover art by “Audien” an American DJ, record producer and musician nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. Her work has been featured in Numinous magazine and Take on Art magazine (India).


During her residency at the VAR program, Samina Islam will be creating a body of work inspired by the nature in her surroundings. She will be exploring her ideas through photography, short videos, small mixed media pieces and textile sculptures which can be part of a land installation.

http://www.saminaislam.com

https://www.instagram.com/samina.islam_/


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Rosanna Tasker

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Rosanna Tasker

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Rosanna Tasker is an illustrator working with gouache, pencil and handmade papers. Her recent works have focused on botanical and figurative themes, with particular emphasis on positive human interaction with nature. Rosanna lives and works in Bristol (UK), where she received a Bachelor of Arts Illustration Degree with first class honours.

Rosanna works as a freelance illustrator on a variety of commissions, with a particular passion for editorial and publishing projects. Clients include The Guardian, The New York Times, The Scout Association, Corriere Della Sera, Heart Research UK, Tangent Books, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.

During her residency at the VAR program, Rosanna hopes to reconnect with her unbridled creativity away from the confines of commissioned work; to explore the joy of the uncontrolled creative journey and expand her artistic process outside of her comfort zone.



Website: www.rosannatasker.com



Instagram: @rosannatasker.illustration



Online Interview and photostory: https://www.irinasilviu.com/together-and-sunspell-stories/rosanna-tasker-illustrator-bristol

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Mildred Barya Returning Artist

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Mildred Barya Returning Artist

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Mildred K Barya is a writer from Uganda currently teaching creative writing and literature at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. Her publications include three poetry collections: Give Me Room to Move My Feet, 2009, The Price of Memory after the Tsunami, 2006, and Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say, 2002. She has also published poems in journals and anthologies such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly and Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol 14, 2014. Besides poetry, her short stories include: Bless the Broken Path in Northeast Review, 2014, Black Stone in Per Contra, USA, 2012, Scars of Earth in “The African Love Stories” Anthology, by Ayebia Clarke, UK, 2006, Effigy Child by Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) UK, 2004, republished in “Gifts of Harvest” FEMRITE, 2006, Land of my Bones published in “Dreams, Miracles & Jazz” anthology, Picador, Africa, 2008 and Raindrops published in “Words From A Granary” FEMRITE anthology, 2001.


Mildred has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver - Colorado, MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University - New York and B.A in Literature from Makerere University, Uganda. She blogs at: http://mildredbarya.com/ and is an active board member of African Writers Trust (AWT).

During her residency, Mildred will work on a hybrid project that combines poetry, nonfiction and travel narratives to explore the connections between leaving and living, migratory/diasporic themes such as alienation, estrangement, dislocation, loss, absence, nostalgia, while meditating on what it means to be at home in space and time, language, culture and the world at large.



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