Amina Atiq is a Yemeni poet, performance artist, creative practitioner & award-winning community activist. BBC Words First Finalist 2019 & Young Associate & Anti-racism group member for Curious Minds. Artist fellowship of DadaFest, Weston Jerwood Creative programme & Social Fellow of Humboldt Foundation Residency 2022 & upcoming librettist in collaboration with composer Alya Al-Sultani for Opera of Two Sisters.
Current project is a new public-poetry work in collaboration with 20 Stories High; working closely with Muslim Young people across Merseyside. In 2020 she produced a short documentary, Unheard Voices– capturing the stories of Yemeni shopkeepers; this was later successful screened and translated in Arabic at Belgees TV. 2021 she produced a Yemeni Artist Exchange Day in Egypt, Cairo funded by DadaFest: exploring the themes of diaspora & war-torn Yemen.
Project titled, HijabSpeaks will coexist alongside Poets’ gift, exploring a creative experimental campaign celebrating the Hijab. This will embody the structural, politically induced islamophobia that Muslim women face across the world, this project will speak to all those who face marginalisation, who are silenced and stripped from their basic human rights.
Publications found at Speaking Volumes: Not Quite Right For Us. Queensland Poetry Festival: Cordite Poetry Review. Wrecking Ball, Wrecking Ball Press: Use Words First. Sutton Manor: Just Beyond Reach. The Double Negative: John Moores Painting Prize 2020. The Independent: The Death of the Face Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis. Whispering Dialogue: Passing through Two States
Features: Arab News: Artist profile BBC Bitesize: A Letter to My Mother. TEDx Liverpool: My Home-Heart Land. The Portico Library: Rewriting the North. Campaigning Against the Arms Trade: A Portrait of Resistance. British Muslim Tv: @the Warehouse.
Residences: Artist-exchange: (2016-17) Roots & Routes Germany & Holland (2018) Erasmus Theatre-markers for Social Change Hungary (2021) Queensland Poetry Festival, Australia. (2021-2022) Writer-in-residence Imperial War Museum, One story, Many Voices Installation Tour. (2019) Almanac: Rise Festival Liverpool. Artist (2022) A Lovely Word Poetry Festival, Liverpool (2018-2023) Dada International (2022) Jerwood Arts: Greece
Image credit: Brian Roberts