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In the first episode of the Shubbak Festival podcast we are exploring art, politics, identity, and social media.

With the restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic we all looked for ways to cope.

For many, artistic expression was pivotal in passing the long hours spent indoors with no escape. For artists, this was no different; creativity battled boredom, frustration, and loneliness. Without access to public spaces, some of the artists showcasing their work at Shubbak Festival utilised all they could at their disposal. The most important tool of them all? An internet connection.

 

DJ Nooriyah speaks to AbdulismsToufik Douib and Balqis Al Rashed to understand just how important the digital sphere is in their art and activism.

For this very special visually driven episode of Soundscapes Radio we dive into the world of film-maker, creative director and director of photography Abdulisms to talk about his ongoing collaborations with SHANTÉH, Girls of Grime, Ancestral Futures, Steamdown, Iraq-a-fella and many more amazing artists.

 

Recorded from the set of SHANTÉH’s I.D exhibition & listening party at Kunstraum the Soundscapes crew gathers to watch and enjoy live music and a selection of some of our favourite music videos of the moment.

Watch the full Episode here: https://vimeo.com/630354394

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Abdulisms is a London based British born Iraqi/Irish creative director and digital content producer for IRAQ-A-FELLA. Growing up between London, Doha and Dublin his vision is informed by the contrast of worlds, spaces and mother tongues he's long found himself alternating in.  

His work explores bridging underground music with themes of ancestral heritage in creative and diasporic community based projects. Releasing work across the mediums of live broadcast, documentary, augmented reality, live shows, community radio and public installations. 

Abdulism's portfolio boasts collaborations with the likes of Talib Kweli, Narcy, Steam Down, Girls of Grime, Ancestral Futures collective, Sofar Sounds and New Delhi based community radio Boxout FM to name a few. 

We asked Abdulisms to answer some quick questions to find out more about him.

Read all about it here: https://www.shubbak.co.uk/shubbak-festival-artist-spotlight-abdulisms/