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Extractivismo: Oaxaca

Harbor Blues, Salina Cruz

Harbor Blues, Salina Cruz

Justin Kiersky
Denver, United States

“I remember the city before the refinery,” says Rafael Mayoral, a middle-aged professor and self-described activist in defense of the land. He is tall, broad-chested with a shock of salt-and-pepper hair that blows wildly in the violent Tehuano winds. “It was a different city back then,” he says with some...

Lapiztola + Chiquitraca: Collective Crises

Lapiztola + Chiquitraca: Collective Crises

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

In May of 2006, Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega were fresh out of design school when the annual teachers union strike took on a sinister character as an explosive social movement of street protests turned into an seven-month war between the citizenry, organized by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples...

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Polity of Literature

When Writing is Neither Solitary nor Apolitical

When Writing is Neither Solitary nor Apolitical

Committee to Protect Jounalists
New York City, United States

Here is this week’s addendum to the Polity of Literature series: Because writers often compose their sentences in the relative calm and isolation of home or office, some people assume that writing is a solitary, apolitical activity. To give context to that assumption, here’s the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)’s...

Reading as Poaching

Reading as Poaching

Michel de Certeau
Paris, France
Translation: Steven Rendall
Les Barthes, France
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein
Chicago, United States

The twenty-second piece in our Polity of Literature series: “Reading as Poaching” is an essential text for the Polity of Literature, and a dense, word-by-word read; but flex your head, as the wise man* said, and this essay will reward you. The images are the stars! “Readers are travellers,” Michel de...

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Four33: An Improvisation Podcast

Four33 episode 3: <br>They Came to Us—The Royal City Second Line Parade Band

Four33 episode 3:
They Came to Us—The Royal City Second Line Parade Band

Carey West
Guelph, Canada
Stephen Donnelly
Guelph, Canada

Four33 episode 2:<br>What Work Do You Want the Work To Do?

Four33 episode 2:
What Work Do You Want the Work To Do?

Carey West
Guelph, Canada
Stephen Donnelly
Guelph, Canada

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Quarantine

Contactless World

Contactless World

Emma Kazaryan
New York City, United States

JANUARY The world is riveted by the news of an unfolding health crisis in China. A mysterious virus ravages the city of Wuhan, prompting the Chinese government to lock down surrounding areas to stem the spread. Morning news alert: Allegedly, the main source of the novel coronavirus is a bat...

El Agua: An animated film by Jesi Jordan and Erick GarcĂ­a GĂłmez

El Agua: An animated film by Jesi Jordan and Erick GarcĂ­a GĂłmez

Friendly Food Donations
Oaxaca, Mexico

The majority of the 2.3 million domestic workers in Mexico live hand to mouth. When strict orders to quarantine at home were put in place in April, many of their employers prevented their household staff from coming to work in order to protect their own families. They terminated domestic workers’ contracts and...

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Artistic Practice

Translation

Translation

Elwood Jimmy
Toronto, Canada
Gloria Swain
Toronto, Canada
Carmen Papalia
Vancouver, Canada
Vanessa Dion Fletcher

Sky Stonefish

Jenelle Rouse
London/Toronto, Canada
Alex Bulmer

Taeyoon Choi
New York, USA / Seoul, South Korea
Eliza Chandler
Toronto, Canada

Pagal Pagal Pagal Pagal Filmy Dunya: a film by Althea Thauberger

Pagal Pagal Pagal Pagal Filmy Dunya: a film by Althea Thauberger

Althea Thauberger
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Zarmeené Shah
Karachi, Pakistan

MIRROR | CINEMA | CITY: KARACHI CAPRI Althea Thauberger: The Capri Cinema Project By Zarmeené Shah Through a small window in a closed door, we see the world outside from within a darkened interior space. A man walks by across the street, past a shuttered healthcare shop. It is daytime...

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Curse of Geography

Curse of Geography: Kibera

Curse of Geography: Kibera

Emelda Ochieng
Nairobi, Kenya
Luke Catena
Nairobi, Kenya

“I really think it’s time to go,” our guide says as he nervously glances at his phone that glows half past five. Around us, as if on an unspoken cue, the air of urgency and anxiety thickens, and it strikes us that we have lost track of time and we...

Curse of Geography: Kachin State

Curse of Geography: Kachin State

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States
Justin Kiersky
Denver, United States

Chapter 1 – Holes in the Sky MYITKYINA, KACHIN STATE, NORTHERN MYANMAR The half-dozen works of art hanging on the bare wooden walls depict family scenes—they are painted in bold primary colors with rudimentary strokes. Human figures hover ghostlike above the ground. They have no faces, nor do they reveal...

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Op-eds & Editorial Notes

High Tide: Reflections on Music, Isolation & Catharsis 

High Tide: Reflections on Music, Isolation & Catharsis 

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

*Paintings & Text by Sidd Joag Several weeks before the pandemic began in earnest was the last time I would sit across the table from a woman I had been...

Stones stand in for the words: thoughts on a polity of literature

Stones stand in for the words: thoughts on a polity of literature

Shawn Van Sluys
Guelph, Canada
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein
Chicago, United States

Books cited: Karen Solie, The Caiplie Caves, House of Anansi Press, 2019 Jan Zwicky, Lyric Philosophy, Gaspereau Press, 2009 With reference to ArtsEverywhere series, Polity of Literature, edited by Matthew...

Protecting the forest is a responsibility of all of humanity

Protecting the forest is a responsibility of all of humanity

Dino Siwek

Maria Clara Parente
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A conversation with Chief Ninawá Huni Kui about the Amazon Forest, Indigenous peoples in Brazil, and sacred beings Written by Dino Siwek and Maria Clara Parente Photos by Benício Pitaguary...

On This Day in History

On This Day in History

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

On November 3, 1982, a 28-year-old mother gives birth to her second child in a hospital in Ahmedabad. Her 35-year-old husband ambitiously names him Siddhartha. His six-year-old sister swears to...

Dispatch from Aztlán

Dispatch from Aztlán

Justin Kiersky
Denver, United States

I am a passenger in this neighborhood, in this country…on this pale blue dot hurtling through the cosmos. I race my three-year-old daughter up the stairs of the Kiosko Azteca...

House of the Deaf Man

House of the Deaf Man

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

Goya’s series of fourteen Black Paintings occupy a massive white room in the Prado in Madrid. I’ve never stood before them, but as a painter I’ve long studied his work....

A Template for Change in Guelph, Ontario

A Template for Change in Guelph, Ontario

Anna Bowen
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Guelph, Ontario is a small university town an hour west of Toronto known for its environmentalism, agriculture and veterinary studies, and its small vibrant arts scene. It’s also the home...

Black and Blues: Encounters With the Police State

Black and Blues: Encounters With the Police State

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

On the morning of February 21, 2012, I woke up around 3AM, hands and feet shackled to a gurney at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Blood was pounding in my brain,...

After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic

Curtis Walker
Guelph, Canada

The latest novel pandemic has highlighted the fragility of our consumptive practices in North America. We demand that all fruit be available at all times, that our furniture complements our...

Love in the Time of COVID-19

Love in the Time of COVID-19

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

There’s fear in the air, pulsing through the fiberoptic veins of cyberspace. Uncertainty clings to every interaction, as restaurants, bars, cinemas and schools are shuttered in cities around the world...

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