contemptorary will be an arts blog devoted to alternative and emerging artistic practices by women of color, queer, and immigrant artists in the United States. It will seek to center the dialogue around marginalized artists, and to recognize and support the methodologies and theories that such artists are developing. The blog will emphasize non-commercial practices in order to create an online space that facilitates collaboration and new action.

Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and translator. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Arts, Tehran, and her MFA from the University of Southern California. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in Parkett, Temporary Art Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Tripwire, The Enemy, Jadaliyya, and Shangri La: Imagined Cities exhibition catalogue. Her translations of texts on art history and criticism have appeared in multiple publications in Iran and the U.S., including book titles such as Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction and chapters in the group translation of Art in Theory 1900-2000. She was the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, and the 2012 artgenève Meta Young Art Critic Award. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Eunsong Kim is a writer and educator residing in southern California. She works with local and national youth arts organizations like Urban Gateways to develop and teach critically based art programs. Her essays on literature, digital cultures, and art criticism have appeared and are forthcoming in: Scapegoat, Lateral, The New Inquiry, Model View Culture, AAWW’s The Margins, and in the book anthologies, Global Poetics, Critical Archival Studies, and Reading Modernism with Machines. Her poetry has been published in: Denver Quarterly, Seattle Review, Feral Feminisms, Minnesota Review, Iowa Review, and Action Yes. Her first book will be published by Noemi press in 2017.