Tarik Bartel (they/them) is a trans and non-binary Thai-American artist based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Tarik is a photographer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a spoken word poet. Tarik is also an arts educator, a youth worker, and a community organizer. Their work tends to explore identity and spaces of in-between.
Tarik is passionate about: making art more accessible, letting young people do things, and the color yellow. They are an advocate for educational equity, and equipping youth with tools that will allow them to thrive and hold power in their communities. Tarik's lifework is informed by the belief that art centered in community can leverage social change and connect us more deeply to one another.
Tarik co-founded Boston-based art collective ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS in 2016. This experience introduced them to radical liberation practices within youth-centered community work, and planted the seeds for all to come.
Tarik currently works at Roxbury Youth Programs in Nubian Square, Boston and is focusing most of their time building the programs there into radical creative spaces designed for youth, by youth. If you'd like to join in that endeavor, email them here.
Photography by Ally Schmaling, whose work you can see more of here.