Samar Saif (she/they)
They are a healer in progress, community organizer, multi-medium artivist, and creator through shapeshifting means, modalities, and mediums born and based in Los Angeles. They incorporate a DIY ethos and trauma informed framework into their organizing. They are an honors student at UCLA studying Sociology and Gender Studies. They have worked in prison abolition, health and wellness, QTPOC programming, sexual violence advocacy, founded multimedia art collectives, and continue to host discussion spaces and workshops. They desire to work toward the vision of a world where the structures of power that allow for imperialism, violence, and other forms of oppression are destroyed.
Solidarity Arts Fellowship Reflections
“The fellowship has taught me the importance of bridging and coalition work within a movement. Through VL, I have learned not only about the implications of surveillance and criminalizing in the Muslim community but I have also learned about the importance of viewing tangible policies through a lens of healing justice, art, and community. I am forever thankful for the bonds that I have cultivated and the journey that I was able to be a part of.”