Displacement, Transit, Tradition

August 8, 2017

Be it through mass displacements; transnational migration of ideas or bodies; or a transition of gender, thought, or lives, these three articles demonstrate how the connectedness of the world—beyond its economic interdependence—can bring us to different ways of experiencing the same struggle.

Sidd Joag addresses how an artist in distress may achieve—through a network of solidarity—a safe haven in the “cultural capital of the world.” Yet he doesn’t hide the imminent fear of a collapse due to issues of macropolitics (read: Donald Trump): “New York City has long been the cultural capital of the world in large part because of the global migration of artists and thinkers and their contributions to the city’s cultural vibrancy. Now the very essence of New York City’s identity is under threat…” Mavi Veloso, leading us through her #iwannamakerevolution process, shares the experience of own gender transition, while also addressing assimilation and decolonization through her experience and questioning of social civic integration procedures and policies within European countries. Following this same thread, Vanessa Andreotti affirms that “facing the magnitude of the task of enabling a world without colonial relations requires more than a change of narratives, convictions, or identities.”

We experience such complexities in our daily lives as immigrants, trans and gay people, people of colour, indigenous people, and women. The possibilities of transits and transitions bring us together to live, fight, and resist.

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Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

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