Creative Nonfiction

ArtsEverywhere produces and publishes multimedia, journalistic and literary imaginings that bring artistic thinking to a lived experience of the world.

Twins of Diyakunda

Coumba TourĆ©,  Dakar, Senegal 
Inse Armah,  Popenguine, Senegal 

Once upon a time, there were two twin boys. One was named Manu and the other Guju. Together, they decided to go to Diyakunda, the Happiness Land. They had heard it said that Diyakunda was the most beautiful place in...

Colten Boushie

Taqralik Partridge,  Kuujjuaq, Nunavik / Kautokeino, Norway 

Editorā€™s Note: Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Indigenous man from Red Pheasant Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, in the place we now call Canada. On August 9, 2016, Colten was shot in the back of the head and killed by...

Dispatches From the Ghost Ship

Jacob Cohen,  New York City, United States 

Concept: Elijah Kuan-Wong & Sidd Joag Drawings: Jacob Cohen Jacob Cohen is a Brooklyn-based experimental cellist, visual artist, and educator.Ā Since 2014, he has been working with adolescents and young adults incarcerated on Rikers Island. He brings his cello directly to...

Dictionary of the Queer International: Call for Participation

Yevgeniy Fiks,  New York, USA 

We live in a peculiar era when both universalism and intersectional solidarity are retreating while regional powers become stronger in a globalized world, with the resulting race to the top giving rise to populist nationalism. In this situation, what is...

The Curse of Geography

German Andino,  Bilbao, Spain 
Alberto Arce,  Mexico City, Mexico 
Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States The Curse of Geography is an on-going series of investigative projects focused on the relationship of geographic isolation or proximity on social justice, human rights and public policy in selected locations around the world. Our reports are produced in...

Brutal Kindness

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti,  Vancouver, Canada 

We welcome you to our country Our borders open only to a few We ask for nothing in return, except That you recognize the deepest wisdom That when in Rome you should pay tribute to the Romans Therefore, you must...

Human Relationships as Land Ethic

Jeannette Armstrong,  Okanagan, Canada 

On January 20th Jeannette Armstrong delivered the 2017 Guelph Lecture on Being Canadian, presented here in its entirety. This annual lecture is part of the ArtsEverywhere Festival, a festival of ideas that combines music, art, and conversation to illuminate pressing...

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

Suzy Lake,  Toronto, Canada 

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 individualā€™s relationship...

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 Universityā€™s theatre school. Ippolitoā€™s experience with what he calls ā€œhomeless...

Looking for Lesbians

Niki Singleton,  New York City, United States 

A collection of essays, artistic contributions, and two inserted zines, Queer City, a reader was developed as part of an 18-month inquiry in SĆ£o Paulo. Initiated by and ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes, the Queer City program was a broad collective inquiry into...

Muu-So: The Story of Creation

Coumba TourĆ©,  Dakar, Senegal 
Rokhaya Gueye,  Dakar, Senegal 

Coumba TourĆ©ā€™s creation story,Ā Muu-So, is one of great freedomā€”freedom to be creative, freedom to experiment, and freedom to think. But it is also a story of love and responsibility. Itā€™s a childrenā€™s story, but with its poetic writing it appeals...

Honduras: The Habit of Silenceā€”A Graphic Novel

German Andino,  Bilbao, Spain 

Script & Ink: German Andino Introduction Script: Alberto Arce Translation: Andrew Hart *Click on arrows or drag/swipe images to navigate. About German Andino German Andino was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 1984. He is a man of the...

Episode 5: Battle

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

Battle The armor is so heavy that to tie his shoes the knight has to press his head against the wall, to keep from toppling over. Thereā€™s no time. The horse is thinking about making a break for it as...

Episode 4: The resurrection of the wizards

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

Lots of strange people, in worn-out overalls and t-shirts, wander along the tree-lined lanes around the hospital. Some wear slippers, others sneakers, some are wrapped in bathrobes. No one is dressed up like Napoleon. Almost all the strollers have some-yellowed...

Episode 3b: The Screen Will Be White

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

ā€œI have always created and used submissive sexual fantasies ā€“ M will keep talking, seeming somewhat reassured ā€“ in solitude, but at the same time I have always thought that the possibility of sharing them with someone else might be...

EPISODE 3a: The Screen Will Be White

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

The screen will be white, and will remain so throughout the scene. Two voices, M and S, are engaged in a dialogue that at times sounds intimate, at times is interrupted by long pauses or instead by subdued noises and...

Writing an Editorial

Fernanda Grigolin,  Campinas & SĆ£o Paulo, Brazil 

Dios dijo: Ama a tu prĆ³jimo como a ti mismo. En mi paĆ­s el que ama a su prĆ³jimo se juega la vida. ~ Gioconda Belli I have finished the text for Jornal de Borda 03 in April. In January...

EPISODE 2: Anna Vaniglia

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

The female off-screen voice has a French accent and a slight leaning towards the dialect of Salento. The voice is heard over closeups of a woman in labor, a perspiring tattooed body giving birth at night in a poorly lit...

2015 Guelph Lecture: Lee Maracle on art & life; Jaron Lanier on technology

Lee Maracle,  Toronto, Canada 
Jaron Lanier,  San Francisco, United States 

The Guelph Lectureā€”On Being Canadian continues to broaden the scope and number of voices that promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians. Each year the Guelph Lecture brings together a...

EPISODE 1: Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five)

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

In the crypt of Cabaret Voltaire, a set will be built with the aim of shooting the first scene of a film. In this scene five non-professional actors will be invited to enact the personal obsessions of the five members...

Imagining Futures: A Conversation on Indigenous Knowledge

Shawn Van Sluys,  Guelph, Canada 
Wanda Nanibush,  Christian Island, Canada 
Adrian Stimson,  Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, Canada 
Tim Lilburn,  Victoria, Canada 
Philip Kevin Paul,  WĢ±SƁNEĆ Nation, Canada 

Spur Guelph, a festival of art, politics, and ideas was convened in November 2015. As part of the festival, theĀ Imagining FuturesĀ conversation focused on the possibility of futures that draw from Indigenous and artistic ways of knowing and shaping the world....

Imagination & Possibility: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Lee Smolin,  Toronto, Canada 
Madhur Anand,  Guelph, Canada 
Jaron Lanier,  San Francisco, United States 

Imaginative thinking is central to the practice of every person working in the scientific, creative and humanistic fields and disciplinesā€”in every aspect of human endeavour. Philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger wrote that the ā€œimagination is the scout of the will, anticipating...

Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five) ā€” a serial story

Lu Cafausu,  San Cesario di Lecce, Italy 

Uno specchio per cinque (A mirror for five) is the title of a series of five episodes of a story conceived and written by the artist group Lu Cafausu as if it were the script of a film for which...

The Restless Remainder

Gabriel Quigley,  New York City, United States 
Bahar Orang,  Toronto, Canada 
cheyanne turions,  Toronto, Canada 

For a period of one month, beginning on 27 February 2015, teaching assistants at the University of Toronto were on strike. Advocating for fairer funding packages, hundreds of students took to the streets of the city in an attempt to...