Sumuyya Khader (b. 1988, Liverpool) is an artist working in a multiplicity of ways within the sector working with major institutions, projects, publishers, social enterprises and artist led groups. Her practice is a combination of illustration, drawing & print works that predominantly explore place and identity. She has recently set up Granby Press, a community-based organisation with a focus on printed material and design while also developing an archive of black culture & history in the L8 area of Liverpool. She is currently Operations Manager at Granby Workshop an architectural ceramics studio in Liverpool
‘My practice is a combination of illustration, drawing & print works that predominantly explore place and identity. My work is often influenced by the location I inhabit while works are typically paper based and involve the layering of imagery to tell a story. Communicating via a visual language to
act as an entry point into art is important to me.
A constant focus of my practice is to explore the power of imagery and its function as a tool for discussion and empowerment. This includes the importance of visual art being present in communities who typically might have difficulty accessing institutions as is the case with my local area of Granby, Liverpool, L8. I am interested in contributing images and art works to that area which are beautiful and yet useful, provoking yet also part of their surroundings and accessible to all.
The majority of my recent work has involved a process of printmaking – risograph printing which allows my to draw and print works in the moment. As my practice involves responding to what is around me it means I can edit work and reprint editions to reflect what is happening.’
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