Amelia Ishmael is a curator and writer who specializes in visual art’s transdisciplinary relations with experimental musics.
With an emphasis on contemporary artists and exhibitions, Amelia has published articles with One+One Filmmakers Journal, Art21, Art Papers, ArtSlant, Art in Print, Review magazine, fNEWS, KCLOG, and Boulder Weekly since 2003. She is currently an editor-in-chief at Helvete: a journal of black metal theory.
To give experiential form to her research, Amelia curates video and film screenings and gallery exhibitions for venues across the North America, Europe, and in print. They include the screenings "Prelude: The Breath of Charybdis" (2013), “.blacK~SSStaTic_darK~fuZZZ_dOOm~glitCH.” (2013), and “Black Thorns in the Black Box” (2012); the journal portfolio "The night is no longer dead; it has a life of its own" (2013); and the internationally- recognized exhibition “Black Thorns in the White Cube” (2012). Her most recent exhibition is Charlemagne Palestine’s solo installation “divinitusssanimalusssacréusssorganusss” (2014).
Amelia has been invited to speak on visual and aural arts at conferences and symposiums throughout North America and Europe. Additionally, she has led college courses in Modern to Contemporary Art.
Her education accreditations include a Master’s degree in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism after studies in Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art after studies in Photography & New Media in Kansas City and New York.
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