Zool Suleman

Zool Suleman

Zool Suleman is an advocate, writer, journalist, and cultural collaborator. He is the Editor of Rungh and the Executive Director of the Rungh Cultural Society. He co-founded Rungh (1991), as a national South Asian focused arts initiative and relaunched Rungh in 2017 as a creative platform for Indigenous, Black and racialized artist conversations. As an arts advocate, he protested against the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exclusionary art practices as an active member of the Artists’ Coalition for Local Colour. He was a founding member of the Minquon Panchayat, one of Canada’s first national IBPOC-led artist movements which challenged the lack of anti-racism initiatives in Canada’s artist-run-centres and arts institutions. Appointed by the BC Minister of Culture, he co-chaired a province-wide Status of the Artist Committee, which was instrumental in the formation of the BC Arts Council. Over the last three decades, he has been involved in various capacities with the Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage Canada, the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver. In addition to his engagements as a cultural connector, he advocates for immigrants and refugees and has been active in national and local civil society initiatives against racism, racial profiling and Islamophobia.

Contributions

Vol. 10, No. 3
Not Checking BoxesBy Zool Suleman
Understanding Cultivating Kin on its own terms
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Vol. 10, No. 3
Local Colour protest at the VAGZool Suleman and Haruko Okano
Cultivating Kin has intentionally chosen to document its process and journey through a set of conversations.
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Documentation
Back Issues: A Conversation About Art Writing and Publishing
Back Issues: A Conversation About Art Writing and Publishing explores the histories and contemporary work of Canadian art publications.
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Documentation
Tracing Contours: Canadian South Asian Contemporary Arts 1990s – 2020s
Shelly Bahl, Farheen Haq and Jordan Strom in conversation with moderator Zool Suleman at the Libby Leshgold gallery at Emily Carr University February 9, 2023.
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Initiatives
Local ColourTarah Hogue and Zool Suleman
This conversation is an entry point into Local Colour, the grass roots protest in 1991-1992 against the exclusionary practices of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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Vol. 6, No. 4
Passing 'through the land'Tarah Hogue, Ayumi Goto, Peter Morin and Zool Suleman
Knowledges, introductions and labour in institutional shapeshifting.
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