Fall Lecture Series: Bishakh Som
Shifting Power through Design
October 06, 2021
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Meeting ID: 932 4814 3854
This lecture was a tour across Bishakh Som’s career in drawing, starting from a love of comics, moving through the era of hand-drawing in architecture school, navigating the perils of professional practice, and culminating in her current focus on graphic novels, illustration, and paintings. Som continues to use drawing as a tool to explore the possibilities of form and space-making and to investigate the overlap between architectural representation, comics, and other graphic arts.
About Bishakh Som
Bishakh Som is an Indian-American trans femme visual artist, author, and ex-architect. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, We're Still Here (first all-trans comics anthology), Beyond, vol. 2, The Strumpet, The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, Buzzfeed, Ink Brick, The Huffington Post, The Graphic Canon vol. 3, and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. She received the Xeric grant in 2003 for her comics collection Angel. Her graphic novel Apsara Engine is the winner of a 2021 L.A. Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel and a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner for Best LGBTQ Comics. Her graphic memoir Spellbound was also a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist.
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