Evar Hussayni
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Evar Hussayni

Artist, Archivist, Researcher, Culture EditorLondon, United Kingdom
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Evar Hussayni
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Evar Hussayni

Artist, Archivist, Researcher, Culture EditorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am an artist, researcher and the Culture Editor of AZEEMA Magazine. My multi-disciplinary practise is focused on West Asian genealogies, visibility, colonial violence in archives but specifically their relationship with the trajectory of Kurdish feminism/womanhood. My practise is rooted in radical debates on Orientalism/othering, extending into a revelation on how qualities of coloniality erase heritage, violate or pigeon- hole; though archives exist in multiple forms and shapes, I am interested in what inclusive and decolonial archives looks like. This year I started a project titled the West Asian and North African Woman’s Art Library - a publicly accessible digital archive built to collect artwork and curatorial projects by women from the West Asian and North African (WANA) region. The library stands for progressive recognition of WANA women as both artists and subjects in museum/gallery spaces. The project was birthed after an introduction into archives and the language that surrounded it. I was fascinated by the role archives played in navigating memory – especially memory as a governmental structure where some bodies are remembered, and some are not, especially the colonised one. I became interested in how hierarchies and mechanisms of exclusion are considered when we explore heritage and culture. Whose history is being preserved and whose history is being erased/dismissed or altered?
Projects
  • The West Asian and North African Woman's Art Library
    The West Asian and North African Woman's Art LibraryThe West Asian and North African Women’s Art Library (WANAWAL) is a publicly accessible digital archive built to collect and store artwork and curatorial projects by women from the WANA region. We stand for progressive recognition of WANA women as both artists and subjects in museum and gallery spaces.
Projects credited in
  • AZEEMA Eid Party 2019
    AZEEMA Eid Party 2019We took over WAH Nails for our very first Eid party, bringing together the community to mark and celebrate the end of Ramadan! The evening was filled with a colourful assortment of Middle Eastern and South Asian bites provided by Nandine, Juma Kitchen, Barfia & Zaytoun. In a celebration of cross-cultural appreciation, AZEEMA-inspired henna and nail designs were provided by the talented artists: Huq That, Isna Henna, Nish Shah, Saadia Mebchour and the WAH crew. With a special thanks to Glossier
  • AZEEMA x Nike Victory Swim Launch Event
    AZEEMA x Nike Victory Swim Launch EventIn collaboration with Nike London, we curated and hosted the launch event for the Victory Swim collection, premiering our short film and photo series documenting 6 womxn and their relationship with sport. The evening included a special panel discussion with Khadijah Mellah, Ghaida Ramadan and Jaspreet Kaur, chaired by Nesrine Dally. We also had henna by Huq That, nail decals by Saadia Mebchour and nails by Jess Young, offering designs inspired by the collection.
  • Azeema x Nike London: Nail Decals
    Azeema x Nike London: Nail DecalsI was asked to create nail decal designs by Azeema to celebrate the launch of the Nike Victory Swim Campaign. The decals feature my own illustrations, taking inspiration from the collection.
  • Move Without Limits
    Move Without LimitsA short film brought to you by AZEEMA for Nike London. To support the launch of the new Victory Swim collection, we teamed up with nike London to document three incredible womxn: Ghaida, Iqra and Intisar diving deeper into their inspiring journeys & relationship with sport. ——— Executive Producers & Casting @azeemaagency Director & Producer @nadiraamrani DOP @beatriz_sastre Assistant Director @miriamamrani Sound recordist @miazipporah Focus Puller @oncemoreforsharps Camera Loader @ross_dixon
  • AZEEMA: Heritage of Tomorrow
    AZEEMA: Heritage of TomorrowA short film brought to you by AZEEMA for Trippin World x Nike exploring what heritage in London means to us, and how it is shared and sustained between generations. This film was played in at the immersive Trippin World x Nike event.
  • The Laundry x SSPACE° | People, Power and Collectivism
    The Laundry x SSPACE° | People, Power and CollectivismA collaboration with The Laundry as part of their 'memories' exhibition. We interviewed a set of creatives about different subjects relating to their practises.
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Work history
    The Mosaic Rooms logo
    The Mosaic Rooms logo
    Programme and EventsThe Mosaic Rooms
     - London, United KingdomPart Time
Skills
  • Drawing
  • Research
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Book Making
  • Curation
  • Exhibition Design
Education
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    MastersGoldsmiths, University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
    MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy
    University of Leeds logo
    University of Leeds logo
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) University of Leeds
     - Leeds, United Kingdom
    BA Art and Design
Awards
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    Jerwood Arts logo
    Jerwood Bursary Award 2020Jerwood Arts
    Jerwood Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to help you explore and develop your practice by enabling you to gain new skills and knowledge.
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    Mentee RecipientCreative Mentor Network