Polity of Literature

Refugee Zines

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The fourteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: From exile in European cities to remote camps in embattled Myanmar, refugees facing every level of threat have created autonomous projects—zines—writing and reading together to site their politics by any means possible. In “Kachin State: the Curse of Geography,” ArtsEverywhere editor Siddhartha...

Drawn Literature—Graphic Novels and Hannah Arendt’s Hair

Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The thirteenth piece in our Polity of Literature series: The initial entry in the Polity of Literature inquiry, “Potatoes or Rice?,” asked: “How can we bring the faces and voices of those in this plurality into view, even in a disembodied realm? How can our bodies—and our lived, collective ‘activity...

Summary Justice—A German Divorce

Sybille Bedford, London, UK 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The twelfth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Recently in this series we’ve seen what happens to life stories when asylum seekers must appeal to nation-states for protection. Many of their stories can’t be heard at all (see addendum to PoL #10). We’ve seen how procedural rules constrain the...

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...

Queer City

Amizade como ativismo / Friendship as Activism

Ajamu, London, United Kingdom 
Cláudio Bueno, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
FĂ©lix Pimenta, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
Flip Couto, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 
JoĂŁo Simões, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

This piece opens with excerpts from Ajamu’s journal, talking about his process as an ArtsEverywhere artist in residence working with Black queer communities in New York, SĂŁo Paulo and Toronto. It then continues with Ajamu in conversation with Cláudio Bueno, Flip Couto, FĂ©lix Pimenta, and JoĂŁo Simões. New York, August 2017 1.1 Not...

Cruising Quito: Notes on Grindr, Queer Codes, and Post-AIDS

Felipe Rivas San MartĂ­n, Valencia, Spain 

Cruising Quito was a project that I developed in the framework of Queer City Quito, from June 28 to July 8, 2017. The project included a residency at No Lugar, along with an experiential research and reflection on the different spaces and technologies of gay cruising in the city of...


Eduardo Carrera, Quito, Ecuador 

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. – Oscar Wilde[1]Since 2013, artists and activists have been invited to participate in an arts showcase as part of the cultural activities during the LGBTIQ+ Pride month in Quito, Ecuador. Last year, the show was...

Cidade Queer // Queer City

Danila Bustamante, SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil 

Bodies that listen, dance, resist, manifest and become visible in our contemporary city. Bodies that dance the sounds of funk music, rap, samba, voguing, waacking, among other sonic styles of contestation, resistance and struggle. Through talks, dinners, experiences and exchanges, a city seeks to discuss how we live, work, share...

Free Home University

What We Are Learning: Responses to Pedagogy, Otherwise

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Jesal Kapadia, New York City, United States / Bombay, India 
Chris Jones, London, United Kingdom 
Sarah Amsler, Nottingham, United Kingdom 
Gerardo LĂłpez-Amaro, San Francisco, United States 
Manish Jain, Udaipur, India 
Kelly Teamey, Battleboro, United States 
Udi Mandel, Battleboro, United States 

Radical Pedagogies as Living Experiments and Messy Affairs

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City, United States / Lecce, Italy 
Manish Jain, Udaipur, India 

Learning Hope and Assembling sKin

Sarah Amsler, Nottingham, United Kingdom 

This is a response to eight works in Pedagogy, Otherwise, which I feel connected to through friendships and encounters in two transnational collectives of radical learners and educators – the Ecoversities Network[1] and Gesturing towards Decolonial Futures.[2] The pieces are:...

We ALL Hurt

Crystal Smith, Salish Territory 

In the Autumn of 2016, Musagetes collaborated with Alessandra Pomarico and a number of community partners in Vancouver to host Italian actor, director, and teacher Ippolito Chiarello at Simon Fraser University’s theatre school. Ippolito’s experience with what he calls “homeless...