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Marissa Malik

MA work

Mercury Line / Jasmine Woe

This installation is a space for interlocutors to engage with various sonic works. These pieces are meditations on astrological and ancestral yearnings, including clips of radio performances, conversations, found sounds and dance music. The work explores the connectivity of community found in shared marginalised, diasporic journeys.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Print, 2019

  • Marissa Malik is a London-based multimedia artist and astrologer. Her work explores language formation, diasporic identity and mysticism through the mediums of illustration, video works, writing, video, workshops and sonic performances. She currently works as the resident astrologer for gal-dem, and hosts the monthly radio show 'Astro Hours' on Balamii Radio in Peckham. 

    In her practice, Malik seeks to reclaim space for artists and creators of marginalised identities by platforming their work, facilitating conversations and exploring community-based modes of creating. Her work exists as an extended practice of care which holds space for ancestral yearnings and intergenerational healing. Malik’s work has been featured in media outlets including i-D, Vice, Spicy Zine and in venues across London including: Gasworks, The Bush Theatre and the V&A’s 'Vote 100' at Here East.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Fine Art, Tufts University, MA, USA, 2016
  • Experience

  • Columnist, gal-dem Magazine, London, 2019; Columnist, Kajal Magazine, New York, 2017–19; Lead graphic designer and illustrator, Artikal Music UK, London, 2016–18; Graphic designer and lead screen printer, AntiDesigns LLC, Boston, MA, 2014–17; Artwork for set design, ‘Broad City’ Season 4, Comedy Central, August 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Mapping Chrion: From Pisces to Aries, Steam Rises', Gasworks, London. 2019.; 'Re: Over Everything Which Exists Under the Sky', Gasworks, London. 2019.; 'What a Relief', CGP Gallery, London. 2019.; 'Black Cultural Activism Map', Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 2018.; 'Demystifying Magic + Intuition', WAH Nails, London, 2018; 'Open Doors: Vote 100' (curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum), London, 2018; 'Sisters in Print: The Other Art Fair', Saatchi Art, London, 2018; 'MARISSA MALIK' Solo Exhibition, HausWitch Home + Healing, Salem, USA, 2017; 'APATHiE', Distillery Gallery, Boston, USA, 2017; 'UnAmbient', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2016; 'Solidarity Exhibition for Standing Rock', Distillery Gallery, Boston, USA, 2016; 'A Group Thing', Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, USA, 2016; 'Go to the Light' BLANC Gallery & 301 Gallery, Boston & Beverly, USA, 2016; 'Louder Than Words Project' Lace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2015
  • Awards

  • Exceptional Promise Tier 1 Visa Endorsement by Arts Council UK, 2019
  • Conferences

  • ‘Reclaiming Astrology: contemporary mysticism and its relationship to qtipoc+ communities’, panel included as part of larger ‘Babylon Festival’, Bush Theatre, London, February 2019; ‘ Vulnerability, Exclusion and Domination: Experiences of Racism’ Watershed via University of the West of England Philosophy Department, Bristol, February 2019
  • Publications

  • 'Masking, Mimicking, Menacing' Video Premier, SPICY ZINE, February 2019; Aisha Mirza, Interview, gal-dem Magazine, February 2019; ‘31 Days of Lore’, VICE: Broadly, October 2018; Interview with Marissa Malik, Print Plug, May 2018; Imagination and Brave Acts: Arts & Humanities Work-in-Progress, Royal College of Art, January 2018; ‘Galleries to Visit’, Boston Globe Newspaper, December 2016