Exploring curating and art making as a methodology that suggests the human condition is more complex than it is currently understood, Alexandria (Ally) Zlatar examines, instigates and provokes notions of the individual experience through specifically focusing on philosophical discourse, body image, embodiment, animals and ethics.
Zlatar acknowledges there is power within the un-well body and believes there is tremendous value potency through examining these subjects through the contemporary art lens.
Born in Mississauga, Canada, she holds a BFA in Visual Art and Art History from Queen's University and an MLitt Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art. Ally is now pursuing her Doctorate of Creative Arts with the University of Southern Queensland.
She has been involved in many exhibitions creations and has had personal work shown globally. Additionally, she has worked on many curation projects with such galleries as Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Hunterian Art Gallery and Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art.
She is continuously interpreting her desire to communicate and facilitate the theoretical concepts of art as it is highly valuable to her, and her practice strives to make a difference in society.
Featuring the works of over 25 international artists, The Starving Artist is a research publication which aims to create awareness and conversation surrounding unwell bodies and eating disorders.
Comprised of independent artistic research and presenting themes concerning the visual identities associated with Eating Disorders, The Starving Artist explores our understanding of EDs, body image and being unwell within contemporary art.
Ally Zlatar’s The Starving Artist project provides financial assistance to individuals in financial need seeking inpatient or partial hospitalisation.
The research meanwhile seeks to address the discrepancies ‘what relationship between a physical body and its occupier’, give us a unique opportunity to provide a reflective analysis on this illness, and what it can state about the human condition. Which often is ignoring the psychological torment, emotional isolation and its repercussions.
This project does not promote any eating disorder behaviours, instead it seeks to explore the illness through acts of artistry. The objective is not to offend anyone's experience but rather encourage recovery and create dialogue on mental health.
It looks at how does the artistic voice contribute to how we value in terms of body image, what does extreme thinness communicate in art, and how can it capture the darker reality about living with an eating disorder.