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In Ghana, Visions of Queer Friendship and Love

M. Neelika Jayawardane, New York

This article is part of a series produced in collaboration with Aperture magazine and Contemporary And, coinciding with Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa.” In his series Just Like Us (2016), the photographer Eric Gyamfi explores the contradictions of queer life in Ghana. His work chronicles what it means to be “other” in...

ROUNDTABLE

What is Wellbeing?

Kholoud Bidak, Cairo
Coumba Touré, Dakar
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Philadelphia
Akwaeke Emezi, Brooklyn
Kagure Mugo, Johannesburg
Lucia Victor Jayaseelan, London
Kutlwano Pearl Magashula, Johannesburg
Pia Love, London
Rokhaya Gueye, Dakar
Sheena Gimase Magenya, Nairobi
Thato Poelo Semele, Johannesburg

PROSE & POETRY

A 15 Year History of Radical Hosting: From Wooloo to Human Hotel

Martin Rosengaard, Copenhagen

2011, NEW YORK CITY: OCCUPY WALL STREET On Saturday, the 29th of October 2011, the first snowstorm hit New York City and Occupy Wall Street. My son was ten months old back then and we’d been spending much time at the occupied Zuccotti Park in the previous weeks since the...

FEATURED

ArtsEverywhere launches Online Artist Residency with Mavi Veloso’s #iwannamakerevolution

Mavi Veloso, Brazil/Amsterdam

iwannamakerevolution.artseverywhere.ca In May 2017 ArtsEverywhere.ca launched its first Online Residency with Brazilian artist Mavi Veloso. In collaboration with several other bichas and artists, she will reveal, reflect, confuse, and articulate her ongoing project #iwannamakerevolution, which focuses on transitioning voice techniques / voice feminization therapy for transgender people as a performative tool. During the...

ESSAYS

In Ghana, Visions of Queer Friendship and Love

M. Neelika Jayawardane, New York

This article is part of a series produced in collaboration with Aperture magazine and Contemporary And, coinciding with Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa.” In his series Just Like Us (2016), the photographer Eric Gyamfi explores the contradictions of queer life in Ghana. His work chronicles what it means to be “other” in...

Reclaiming Cartography, Photography, and Colonial Imagery

Kristine Jordan, New York

Fifty-eight years ago, the Malagasy Republic was declared an autonomous state within an association of countries known as the French Community. Much like other nations that fought for independence well into the second half of the 20th century, elements of colonial power dynamics are evident in Madagascar’s modern cultural productions....

Photo by Steven Liang

Ballroom: The Trans Sound of Black Freedom

Michael Roberson, New York City

In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. This means that we are going to have to learn to think in radical terms. I use the term...

The Game of Non-Distinction

Nikita Kadan, Kyiv

As an ideological reaction to the ongoing invasion of Russian troops, separatist attacks in Eastern Ukraine, and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, and as a gesture towards establishing a new ideology to replace the Soviet one, the so-called Decommunization Laws were approved by the president and parliament of Ukraine...

ROUNDTABLES

What is Wellbeing?

Kholoud Bidak, Cairo Coumba Touré, Dakar Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Philadelphia Akwaeke Emezi, Brooklyn Kagure Mugo, Johannesburg Lucia Victor Jayaseelan, London Kutlwano Pearl Magashula, Johannesburg Pia Love, London Rokhaya Gueye, Dakar Sheena Gimase Magenya, Nairobi Thato Poelo Semele, Johannesburg

How can we newly understand the dynamic nature of the vernacular?

Daniel Millette, Ottawa David T. Fortin, Sudbury Department of Unusual Certainties, Toronto Heather Braiden, Montréal Hello Everything, Nairobi Jason Surkan, Vancouver Jen Davis, Toronto Lucie Kroening, Paris Mary Rothlisberger, Across America Miriam Ho, Toronto Nelson Mota, Delft Omar Gandhi, Halifax Pantopicon, Toronto Paula Meijerink, Colombus Ruth Jones, Toronto & Los Angeles Shuyin Wu, Waterloo Tings Chak, Hong Kong Victor Seguela, Paris

What can a process grounded in art-making and aesthetic priorities accomplish that community organizing cannot?

Aaron Landsman, New York City Jamel Ayala, New York City Deland Chan, Stanford, CA Angela Choi, New York City Jay Koo, New York City Emani Love, Detroit Tiffany Zorrilla, New York City Kristian Davis Bailey, Detroit Ezio Rosa, São Paulo Ashley Holden, New York City Gabriella Marrero, New York City

How does the line that defines an area have the power to create and an equally great capacity to divide and destroy?

James Bridle, Athens draftworks*, Nicosia & Athens Dongsei Kim, Melbourne Emma Xin Ma, Toronto Gili Merin, Tel Aviv Ania Molenda, Rotterdam Lada Nakonechna, Kiev Evan Pavka, Montreal Amrit Phull, Toronto Rosa Rogina, London Kathryn Schwartzkopf, Seattle Miriam Ho, Toronto Ruth Jones, Toronto & Los Angeles Michael Taylor, Zurich

REVIEWS

Fictioning Names

Ashon Crawley, Los Angeles

Berry Berry. Sometimes fictions function to produce memory. And the genius and beauty of Barry Jenkins’s 2016 film Moonlight is not in its being presumably a universal story to which we all can relate. It is in this: that attention to the depth of emotion in the film can prompt in viewers our own search for such histories, such emotions, such...

We Have a Past and a Future

Theodore Kerr, New York City

A review of  Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience by Ezra Berkeley Nepon. 2014. ISBN-13: 9780692595350. E. Nepon. 154 pages. Buy the book.  Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience is the type of book you want to buy multiple copies of and give to your friends so you all can talk about it. It’s funny, accessible,...

In the Shadow of an Epidemic

Mike Young, Toronto

A review of Sarah Schulman’s The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Generation I came out to my friends as an impulsive, drain-chain-wearing sixteen-year-old. I knew little about the Gay Liberation movement or the queer community. Instead, I met a cute punk on a Toronto streetcar and felt a familiar stab of desire in my gut. When he casually...

Experience vs. Magic: Improvisation and Civic Action

Ruslana Lichtzier, Chicago

A review of  The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-creation (Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice) by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. 2014. ISBN: 0822354780. Duke University Press Books. 328 pages. Buy the book.  The Fierce Urgency of Now has a unique structure: a long prelude followed by an introduction, six chapters, and a coda....

PROSE & POETRY

A 15 Year History of Radical Hosting: From Wooloo to Human Hotel

Martin Rosengaard, Copenhagen

2011, NEW YORK CITY: OCCUPY WALL STREET On Saturday, the 29th of October 2011, the first snowstorm hit New York City and Occupy Wall Street. My son was ten months old back then and we’d been spending much time at the occupied Zuccotti Park in the previous weeks since the occupation began. He would sleep or look on from his...

We ALL Hurt

Crystal Smith, Salish territory

In the Autumn of 2016, Musagetes collaborated with Alessandra Pomarico and a number of community partners in Vancouver to host Italian actor, director, and teacher Ippolito Chiarello at Simon Fraser University’s theatre school. Ippolito’s experience with what he calls “homeless theatre” — an intimate street performance that actively engages passersby — informed his work with the students at SFU over...

We Three Queens

Mike Young, Toronto
Gary Lee Pelletier, Toronto

This article was first published in Guts — Canadian Feminist Magazine. Michael and Gary’s experience living with Michael’s grandmother has inspired a web series entitled We Three Queens written by Michael and directed by Tom Cable Rees. Read on to view the trailer. We three queens of (dis)orient are… … living together in a small, turn-of-the-century brick house on a busy Toronto thoroughfare nicknamed...

Looking for Lesbians

Niki Singleton, New York City

This graphic novella was commissioned by ArtsEverywhere and Lanchonete.org to document the Queer City Project during the International Queer Film Festival in November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil. While taking part in the Queer City events and finding a lack of Lesbians involved, a humorous idea emerged of the complexity of trying to find them. Questions came up about what...

TRANSMEDIA

ArtsEverywhere launches Online Artist Residency with Mavi Veloso’s #iwannamakerevolution

Mavi Veloso, Brazil/Amsterdam

iwannamakerevolution.artseverywhere.ca In May 2017 ArtsEverywhere.ca launched its first Online Residency with Brazilian artist Mavi Veloso. In collaboration with several other bichas and artists, she will reveal, reflect, confuse, and articulate her ongoing project #iwannamakerevolution, which focuses on transitioning voice techniques / voice feminization therapy for transgender people as a performative tool. During the residency, Mavi intends to create a network of communities in...

Suzy Lake on the politics of gender, the body, and identity

Suzy Lake, Toronto

Suzy Lake is among the first female artists in Canada to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. In her artistic practice, which spans nearly 50 years, Lake addresses the individual’s relationship to societal forces that break and reveal constructions or restraints built into our culture. As part of the 2017 ArtsEverywhere...

Tomson Highway and the many languages

Tomson Highway, Gatineau

Tomson Highway (Cree/Dene) enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter, widely known for his plays The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing, Rose, Ernestine Sushwap Gets Her Trout, and the best-selling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. In this performance lecture at the Free Home University in Lecce, Italy, Tomson demonstrates how language shapes us and our...

We Liked the Way He Moved: A Presentation at the International AIDS Conference

PatoHebert, New York City & Los Angeles
Ajamu, London

Durban, South Africa, July 16, 2016 This year, London-based artist, archivist, and curator Ajamu and New York and Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and organizer Pato Hebert collaborated on a series of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. On 16 July, 2016 they gave an illustrated plenary at the MSMGF’s “Action + Access” Pre-Conference for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with...

POLICY

Reclaiming Cartography, Photography, and Colonial Imagery

Kristine Jordan, New York

Fifty-eight years ago, the Malagasy Republic was declared an autonomous state within an association of countries known as the French Community. Much like other nations that fought for independence well into the second half of the 20th century, elements of colonial power dynamics are evident in Madagascar’s modern cultural productions. Using images of these cultural productions and printed archives from...

Haawiyat: A Syrian Comic for Syrian Children

Monica Rodriguez, New York City

After fleeing Syria, a nation badly bloodied by civil war, refugees are finding themselves trapped in migratory limbo for long stretches of time as they await placement in foreign, and often unwelcoming, lands. Of the staggering 4.9 million displaced Syrians currently residing in refugee camps, nearly half are children. Syrian children are forced to suffer new traumas within the camps...

The Emerging Indie Music Industry in Saudi Arabia

Melody Chan, New York City

During his performance for a group of students in New York in April, Saudi musician Diya Azzony prompted the audience to ask him questions about anything from his musical technique to his life story to his politics. This open exchange was exactly what Azzony hoped to facilitate during his four-day U.S. tour this April. “A lot of people have questions...

Activating Humanities Knowledge: Human Rights Pedagogy and Community-Based Education

Ajay Heble, Guelph

The following is an excerpt from Ajay Heble’s Introduction to Classroom Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education, a book (edited by Heble, with chapters by his former students) published by University of Toronto Press in Spring 2017. For more information, or to order the book, please visit University of Toronto Press. The Challenge: Calling All Dreamers Students in the...

QUEER CITY

Can a mestizo asshole speak?

Jota Mombaça, Natown, São Paulo, & Athens

“I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice. Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue—my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.” —Gloria Anzaldúa[1] In her essay “The Mask: Colonialism, Memory, Trauma...

Queer Vegan Manifesto

Rasmus Simonsen, Copenhagen

This article originally appeared in Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 10.3 (2012): 51-81. It is reprinted by permission of the author and the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. A Queer Vegan Manifesto  [Sexual object choice] is more like vegetarianism than homosexuality. —David Halperin In his article “History of Male Homosexuality,”...

Looking for Lesbians

Niki Singleton, New York City

This graphic novella was commissioned by ArtsEverywhere and Lanchonete.org to document the Queer City Project during the International Queer Film Festival in November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil. While taking part in the Queer City events and finding a lack of Lesbians involved, a humorous idea emerged of the complexity...

The Enjoyment of the Pariah: Technologies to exist at the margins [of the State]

Sabrina Duran, São Paulo

In a capitalist world, a homeless person is a paradigm of the pariah, an individual seen as an outcast of the system. In a capitalist world, the pariah is a dissonant existence. In all senses and for good. At the margins of everyone and everything. His indigence degrades the idea...

FREE HOME UNIVERSITY

We ALL Hurt

Crystal Smith, Salish territory

In the Autumn of 2016, Musagetes collaborated with Alessandra Pomarico and a number of community partners in Vancouver to host Italian actor, director, and teacher Ippolito Chiarello at Simon Fraser University’s theatre school. Ippolito’s experience with what he calls “homeless theatre” — an intimate street performance that actively engages passersby...

Radical Pedagogy is NOT

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy
N.O. aka Aliosha Pantalone, St. Petersburg

Part one: To no list Foreword by Alessandra Pomarico (inspired by many). It was a real struggle to define, in a 10 minute text, “the partisan No” that originates and informs the experience of Free Home University—an ongoing, experimental, open-ended pedagogical process—while being immersed in one of our sessions: 25...

Really Useful Knowledge

What, How & for Whom, Zagreb

The following text originally appeared in the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW and organized and produced by the Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Contemporanea Reina Sofía. The catalogue offers a further occasion to the contributing artists to...

Insurgent Learning and Convivial Research: Universidad de la Tierra, Califas

Manuel Callahan, San Jose

Insurgent Learning and Convivial Research: Universidad de la Tierra, Califas[1] Knowledge production has increasingly become central to emancipatory projects. More and more people in struggle recognize the importance of learning and research as an essential part of movement and also an essential part of those moments of the future in...

ARTIST RIGHTS

Open Casket

Sarah Schulman, New York City

Controversy engulfed the Whitney Biennial recently over the inclusion of Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket”, an abstract painting that depicts the violently mutilated body of Emmett Till who was murdered by two white men in Mississippi in 1955 after he was falsely accused of whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. On April 10,...

National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

National Coalition Against Censorship, United States

Today, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S. based performance, arts and creative freedom organizations and alliances, issued a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration...

Qalandiya International — A Palestinian Biennial

Gian Spina, Athens

the dove’s collar a star abandoned on the roof and a winding alley leading to the port This sea is mine This sea air is mine —Mahmoud Darwish1   In Palestine, the impossibility of artistic freedom and the denial of freedom to move within one’s own country conspire as an...

The Communicative Ecology of Artist Rights

Sidd Joag, New York City

Even as the relationship between the fields of arts, culture and human rights becomes more defined, the global community of organizations, networks and civil society initiatives working at that intersection, advocating for artists and defending free expression remains a relatively small, tight-knit group. However, despite existing connectivity, there is a...