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Extractivismo: Oaxaca

Isthmus at the Crossroads

Isthmus at the Crossroads

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

The mystery surrounding the origins of the Iko’ots people is that no one knows when, why, or how they came to southern Oaxaca, but everyone seems to agree they arrived from somewhere else. There is speculation that they sailed from El Centro—a vague allusion to Central America, maybe the Miskito...

Butterfly with Broken Wings

Butterfly with Broken Wings

Justin Kiersky
Denver, United States

Seldom has an interview felt more insensitive than the afternoon we arrived at Lukas Avendaño’s family home. Lukas chose not to mention that he had postponed our interview the day before because he was returning home from Oaxaca City with his youngest brother Bruno’s remains, nor that our rescheduled meeting...

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Polity of Literature

Exploring the Polity of Comics: Queer Kinship in <em>Gay Comix</em>

Exploring the Polity of Comics: Queer Kinship in Gay Comix

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

The twenty-fifth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Few readers enjoy their agency in a polity of literature more completely than does the child holding a comic book. Left alone with “childish things,” the comic book reader is unpoliced and unimproved. You can see it in the glare of...

Six Contracting Theses on Literature in the Polity of Literature

Six Contracting Theses on Literature in the Polity of Literature

Anna Poletti
Utrecht, the Netherlands
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein
Chicago, United States

The twenty-fourth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Ultimately, the Polity of Literature is a proposition made to readers and writers—what if literature is this? What if to read or write literature is to enter a polity of equals, readers and writers alike possessed of the same authority to...

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Four33: An Improvisation Podcast

Four33 episode 5:<br>Improvised Existence

Four33 episode 5:
Improvised Existence

Carey West
Guelph, Canada
Stephen Donnelly
Guelph, Canada

Four33 episode 4:<br>Walking Through the Pandemic

Four33 episode 4:
Walking Through the Pandemic

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

Corky Lee: Memories of a Seeker 

Corky Lee: Memories of a Seeker 

Steven Yip
New York City, USA

Corky Lee’s reputation was burnished many years ago. As many know, he prided himself on being the “undisputed, unofficial Asian American photographer laureate.” And that was no joke. Corky’s reputation...

Gay Ancestry

Gay Ancestry

Shawn Van Sluys
Guelph, Canada

On May 18, 1981, the New York Native published the first article about a “gay cancer” rumoured to be afflicting gay men. Dr. Lawrence Mass, who had a regular health...

Beach of the Dead

Beach of the Dead

Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

Dear Fay, It’s taken me three and half years to write this letter. You would have turned 68 today, and if there wasn’t a virulent affliction ravishing the country we’d...

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...

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