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Quarantine

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,...

Second-Hand Normalities

Second-Hand Normalities

German Andino
Bilbao, Spain

Second-hand Normalities is an animated short film and podcast that recounts the first days of the coronavirus outbreak in Bilbao, Spain through the eyes of a nurse and doctor working in hospitals on the frontlines. Harrowing and globally relevant, the main characters lay bare the fears, isolation and despair they...

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Polity of Literature

Prison Books in the Time of Refugees

Prison Books in the Time of Refugees

Matthew Stadler
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein
Chicago, United States

The eighth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Books cited in this essay: Plato, Crito and Phaedo Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, The Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Mary White Rowlandson, Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Hugo Grotius, Commentary...

If They Come in the Morning — Writing from Prison with Angela Davis

If They Come in the Morning — Writing from Prison with Angela Davis

Bettina Aptheker
Santa Cruz, United States

The seventh piece in our Polity of Literature series: In 1970, at the height of violent conflict between the U.S. government and oppressed communities across the country—mostly poor, mostly people of colour—the FBI arrested Angela Davis on false charges of attempted murder. A student of Herbert Marcuse, Davis was an...

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Curse of Geography

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...

Curse of Geography: Boriquén

Curse of Geography: Boriquén

Karla Claudio-Betancourt
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Esteban Figueroa
Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico
Sidd Joag
New York City, United States

Text: Sidd Joag Video editing and camera: Karla Claudio-Betancourt Producer and director of video: Esteban Figueroa Additional footage: Saul Betancourt, Julio Fernandez A massive colonial figure made of steel and concrete lies twisted on its side, on a traffic island in the middle of a roundabout in Caguas. “It looks...

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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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