Struggle, discrimination, racism and sexism drove me to Women of Colour catalogue at Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University. As an artist and designer, I’ve been waiting to find this catalogue all my life. In 1996 during A Levels, I started making political art, discussing my identity as a British born and bred Pakistani Muslim women. My art became more political as time went on, after 9/11 there was nothing else I could talk about apart from propaganda and politics in my art and design. But I didn’t know where to find relevant references to translate my work.

In 2015, I discovered Women of Colour catalogue collated by Rita Keegan. I finally found other black and brown female artists making political art, discussing similar topics as me. This catalogue seemed a goldmine of hidden, silenced and ignored art and life stories about black and and brown women. I wanted to expose and share this art with more people. I started working on project ASRR, curating display exhibitions at Women’s Art Library, through inviting other black and brown female artists making political art. Each artist is invited to look though Women of Colour catalogue, gain inspiration and discuss their thoughts on this catalogue. Then artist is are invited to exhibit their art work at Women’s Art Library.

Women of Colour Catalogue needs to be recognised in art education and art history, as an important and crucial source of reference. Which would be beneficial for art viewers and students from all types of backgrounds.

Samia Malik

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