A quick glance at what the arts publication has been up to this semester
There’s no doubt that Zoom University makes it harder to engage in student life and feel like you’re a part of something. In an effort to make students feel more involved and aware of what student clubs are up to, we’ll be conducting a series of interviews with various student-run organizations.
Yiara Magazine is a student-run, undergraduate feminist art publication based out of Concordia. In addition to publishing an annual print issue, they hold events such as workshops and panels. Past events have included a zine-making workshop with California-based artist Chantal Jung. Through their publication, online platform, and various events, they aim to make feminist art and art history accessible to all.
To learn more about what they’ve been up to, our arts editor spoke to Amelle Margaron and Sara Hashemi, the editors-in-chief of this year’s issue.
TC: Aside from pandemic-related changes, what is Yiara doing this year that is different from previous years?
Yiara: Lots and lots of collabs! We’ve really worked with so many different people from our creative community so far this year: artists, collectives, professors, curators, and other student organizations … Another major difference is that we’ve hired an official creative director, Stefania Bodea, who has been creating incredibly groovy graphics to promote our events and callouts, very fun and fresh.
TC: Do you still intend on producing a print issue, or will you be going the digital route?
Yiara: We’re still publishing a print issue! We’re still working out the details on how it’ll be distributed, but it’s such a big part of Yiara that we didn’t want to let that go this year.
TC: Considering the current socio-political climate, what are some adjustments and changes that Yiara is making or is planning on implementing for future years?
Yiara: Considering the evolving definition of feminism is at the center of Yiara’s mandate, it is an important part of our annual direction. As such, we make sure to feature writing and art from a diverse range of voices, in an effort to portray an accurate understanding of intersectional feminism.
TC: What are some upcoming events that readers should look forward to?
Yiara: Our virtual exhibition for Vol. 09 will launch on March 19, and we’re super excited about that! We’re also working with the art history department on a virtual exhibition that would be hosted on Artsteps throughout the summer, and will be posting a callout for that once we’ve wrapped up everything with the print issue.
TC: For anyone who might be interested in contributing or joining the team next year, when can they expect a callout?
Yiara: We usually post a callout at the beginning of the new school year, so folks coming back next year should keep an eye out for that!
Those interested in submitting written or visual work to be published on Yiara’s digital platform can submit to Yiara online via email@example.com. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
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Feature image: Yiara Vol. 8 cover. Courtesy of Yiara Magazine