Meet the Author:
Sidd Joag,  New York City, United States

Sidd Joag

Sidd Joag

Sidd Joag is a visual artist, journalist and producer working on issues closely related to social inequality and human rights. He is the Managing Editor at ArtsEverywhere and a member of public art collective Amber Art & Design.

The Curse of Geography: Western Newfoundland

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 
Rebecca Peeler, New York City, United States 
German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca 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 multi-media format and in partnership with artists, journalists, NGOs, academic and cultural institutions, and news outlets. The second instalment in...

The Curse of Geography

German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 
Alberto Arce, Mexico City, Mexico 
Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

http://curseofgeography.artseverywhere.ca/ 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 multi-media format and in partnership with artists, journalists, NGOs, academic and cultural institutions, and news outlets. The first in this...

Profile: Nazaré Brazil – The Cultural Occupation at São João

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

October 2010 – Some three hundred people, mostly women, children, and the elderly walked in holding candles and singing Evangelical songs. The new residents of the abandoned former Hotel Columbia on São João Street had tricked the police and were now in control—one of the seventeen buildings that were occupied that night across the city, from the Eastern periphery of...

Profile: Abdoulaye – The Accidental Paulistano

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

It’s not uncommon to see a group of brown and black men standing, sitting, or laying outside of a non-descript building, on a dead end street in the Mooca Bresser neighborhood of São Paulo. Once you pass through a single metal door, you find yourself outside a waiting room where the guard requires your reason for being there. Given you...

The Communicative Ecology of Artist Rights

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

Even as the relationship between the fields of arts, culture and human rights becomes more defined, the global community of organizations, networks and civil society initiatives working at that intersection, advocating for artists and defending free expression remains a relatively small, tight-knit group. However, despite existing connectivity, there is a need for more streamlined news and information loops, partnered content...

Relocating: Emad Tayefeh

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

It cost Emad Tayefeh $10,000 to bribe Iranian border guards for safe passage to Turkey, $2,500 of which was financed by the advocacy organization Freedom House. While living as a refugee in Istanbul he paid $4,700 for rent, $3,000 for food, and $600 for local transportation over the course of a year. After receiving humanitarian parole status from the U.S....

Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities?

David Maddox, New York City, United States 
Pauline Bullen, Harare, Zimbabwe 
Paul Downtown, Adelaide, Australia 
Emilio Fantin, Milan, Italy 
Ganzeer, Los Angeles, United States 
Germán Gómez Eslava, Bogotá, Colombia 
Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 
Patrick Lydon, San Jose, United States / Seoul, South Korea 
Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles, United States 
Laura Shillington, Managua, Nicaragua / Montreal, Canada 

The Cost of Telling the Truth

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

After living in hiding for six years in the United States, journalist C.M. Rien Kuntari is ready to go home. “I don’t want to live the rest of my life as a prisoner or as a political asylee. I want to go home as a free person,” she says. Since 2009, Kuntari has been living in exile in New York...

Art, Ethnography, and Exorcism in El Barrio

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

This past July, I traveled with a journalist, German Andino, and the subject of his new graphic novel, Pastor Daniel Pacheco. We visited Rivera Hernandez, a colony of 59 barrios located on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula and, statistically, one of the most violent urban areas in the world. For several years, Pastor Pacheco has been ‘cleaning up’ his...

Forced to Flee

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

The summer of 2007 was the first time I visited Ruili City, a dusty port town located in a tight corner on the China-Burma border in Yunnan province. At the time, Ruili was China’s dirty little secret. Colloquially referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of China,’ it was the primary point of entry for drug and human trafficking and HIV/AIDS...