Aphra Shemza & Stuart Batchelor
Interactive digital painting application | www.shemza.digital/paint
The shemza.digital project is based on the work of Aphra Shemza’s grandfather, the well known British/Pakistani painter Anwar Jalal Shemza. In the last 10 years there has been a rethinking of British Art History and migrant artists like Anwar Jalal Shemza are being given the recognition that they deserve. In shemza.digital Aphra Shemza and Stuart Batchelor have used participatory art as a way to highlight Anwar Shemza’s work to the public and ask them to become actively involved in artmaking by becoming artists themselves.
For shemza.digital Shemza and Batchelor have created a digital painting application that is hosted online, where the public is invited to create their own digital paintings and submit them to the online archive. The artworks submitted to the archive will be turned into a light art installation later this year.
About the artists:
www.aphrashemza.com | @aphrashemza
Aphra Shemza is the co-founder of Art in Flux and the co-curator of Art in Flux: Reclaimed exhibition. She is also a UK-based multimedia artist and the granddaughter of Anwar Shemza.
Her work explores Modernism, her Islamic cultural heritage, sustainable practice and creating art for all. As an artist and activist, she finds ambitious ways to fuse methodologies from the past with new innovations in technology to imagine what the role of art could be in the future.
Alongside her practice Aphra is the Manager of the Estate of Anwar Jalal Shemza and an expert in his work. In 2016 Shemza wrote a Tate Etc. article which coincided with a Spotlight display of his work at Tate Britain. She is currently cataloguing the Estate archive.