Yalla Simsim (يلا سمسم) is a video that looks at the act of plundering by considering Egypt as a perfect example of every possible type of metaphorical and literal plunder that has occured in human culture for the last 6000 years. Numerous acts of plunder were committed in the making of this video.
Art direction: Jackie Milad
Audio/video edit: Tom Boram
Tom Boram is a multi-media artist from Baltimore, MD. His work ranges from video art and installation to music production, though his primary focus is on improvisation and various types of live performance. He has performed throughout North America and Europe and collaborated with musicians such as Matmos, Tetsuya Yoshida, Kaffe Matthews, Thomas Lehn, Jamal Moore, Oluyemi Thomas, Bonnie Jones, Peter Blasser, Ikue Mori, Anne F Jacques and many more. He has contributed sound work to filmmakers and artists Karen Yasinsky, Chet Catherine Pancake, Jimmy Joe Roche, Meg Rorison, Jackie Milad and Melissa Webb.
Boram also works as a professor of digital art and media studies. He is a founder of the annual High Zero Festival of Experimental and Improvised Music, a unique international music event now in its 22nd year. He was a recipient of a 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.
Jackie Milad is a Baltimore City-based artist featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Select exhibitions include: C.Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC), Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), Langer Over Dickie (Chicago, IL), Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD), The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), Arthur Ross Gallery University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), Museo de Arte de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, MX), DiFOCUR de Sinaloa Galleria (Culiacan, MX), Transmitter (Brooklyn, NY). Milad is a multi-year recipient of the individual Artist Grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2019 she was named a Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Finalist and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby Grantee. Her work is in the following private collections, GLB Memorial Foundation Collection, The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and Facebook, Inc. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University. Besides her active studio practice, Jackie Milad also has an extensive career as a curator and educator.