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Quarantine

Medicina Cultural, Medicina Esencial: Plant-based Health Care among Dominican Women in Puerto Rico

Medicina Cultural, Medicina Esencial: Plant-based Health Care among Dominican Women in Puerto Rico

Karla Claudio-Betancourt
Santurce, Puerto Rico

Felicia de Jesús spends her quarantine days behind a sewing machine making reusable masks on the balcony of her home. She sells them for $3 dollars apiece, a price she considers affordable for her neighbors, and just enough to cover the cost of materials. She lives four blocks from the...

Performing Ceremony Amidst the “Yellow Peril”

Performing Ceremony Amidst the “Yellow Peril”

David Ng
Vancouver, Canada

 In late April the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown—just two blocks from where I live—was vandalized with anti-Asian racist graffiti, setting off a wave of anxiety and fear that caused many in the Asian community to withdraw and seek protection in physical, social and cultural isolation. There was,...

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Polity of Literature

Refugee on Trial: The Hole in the Donut

Refugee on Trial: The Hole in the Donut

Niels Bekkema
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein
Chicago, United States

The eleventh piece in our Polity of Literature series: Concluding our trilogy about “the hole in the donut”—that rule-bound space within which our readings of others can have shared, verifiable legitimacy (see PoL #10 and Addendum to PoL #10)—Dutch artist and writer Niels Bekkema looks at the different kinds of...

How the State Reads Queer Refugees

How the State Reads Queer Refugees

Lotte Wolff
Geneva, Switzerland
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein
Chicago, United States

Addendum to the tenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In Ralph Severijns’ analysis of the state’s reading of refugee stories—that is, in the crucial “free narrative” that asylum seekers tell when they apply for asylum—some problematic stories come up (see PoL #10, “Refugees Tell Their Stories to the...

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Artistic Practice

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...

Sketches from Solitary

Sketches from Solitary

Justin Kiersky
Denver, United States

A Shaft of Light Inside a 12 x 7-foot cell, a shaft of light passes through a narrow window positioned high above a small mattress and a bed frame of poured concrete. Instead of landing on the achromatic prison wall or the dusty TV bolted to the ceiling, the light...

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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...

The Curse of Geography: Kachin State

The 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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Ballroom Freedom School

1986: An Elegy for Our Coldest War

1986: An Elegy for Our Coldest War

Michael Roberson
New York City, United States
Robert Sember
New York City, United States
Nikki Powerhouse
Philadelphia, United States
Gio Exavier
New York, United States
Enmanuel Candelario
New York, United States
Brad Walrond
New York, United States

Now We Know We Can Reclaim the World We Want: A Conversation with Pony Zion and Benji Hart

Now We Know We Can Reclaim the World We Want: A Conversation with Pony Zion and Benji Hart

Benji Hart
Chicago, United States
Pony Zion
New York City, United States

On the evening of Friday, April 19th, 2019, at the invitation of ArtsEverywhere, Pony Zion (De’von Webster) and Benji Hart (Benji Ninja) gathered in a conference room at The New School on 5th Avenue in New York City to discuss social justice and the contemporary Ballroom Scene. This two-hour conversation was...

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News & Events

Op-eds & Editorial Notes

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...

Pulling Out

Pulling Out

Ben Rogers
Dorset, United Kingdom

‘We showed them,’ they croaked, spittle oozing down their sausage roll encrusted chins. Good old fashioned British drool mingling with cheap leftover lager. None of that continental rubbish. The drunken...

Brexit Through the Rift Shop

Brexit Through the Rift Shop

Ben Rogers
Dorset, United Kingdom

Banner image: “Union Jack vor dem Zerfall” by Tim Reckman and used under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0). As the dust settles after the first December general election held in...

Tenuous Peace

Tenuous Peace

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

Halloween in Derry is no small affair and is considered by some to be the best in the world. What started as a local tradition—free punch for getting dressed up—was...

Mediating Betrayal

Mediating Betrayal

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

Recent conversations at ArtsEverywhere with artists and journalists evoke perceptions of an imminent future marked by a further eradication of spaces for constructive civil discourse and disagreement. As social media...

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