Harbor Blues, Salina Cruz

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

“I remember the city before the refinery,” says Rafael Mayoral, a middle-aged professor and self-described activist in defense of the land. He is tall, broad-chested with a shock of salt-and-pepper hair that blows wildly in the violent Tehuano winds. “It was a different city back then,” he says with some...

Lapiztola + Chiquitraca: Collective Crises

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

In May of 2006, Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega were fresh out of design school when the annual teachers union strike took on a sinister character as an explosive social movement of street protests turned into an seven-month war between the citizenry, organized by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples...

A Brief History of Mexico’s Transoceanic Trade Route

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

“The mind is bewildered with the difficulty of embracing in one comprehensive view the astonishing consequences that would result from a communication between the two oceans, by means of which ships sailing from Europe will save two thousand leagues, and those from North America three thousand one hundred leagues [10,700...

“No Maize Es No Pais”: Accounting as Artistic Practice

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

“Why is Mexico hinging its future on a neoliberal economic model when it’s failing everywhere in the world?” asks Edith Morales, a conceptual artist from Oaxaca whose work draws paradoxically from her Mixe roots and her background in accounting. Her artistic practice is extraordinarily meticulous, bordering on the neurotic, and...

Polity of Literature

Fan Fiction is What a Polity of Literature Looks Like

Juli Parrish, Denver, United States 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The twenty-third piece in our Polity of Literature series: In “fan fiction” the readers of popular stories, such as Star Trek and Harry Potter, write their own invented episodes, torquing the “original” to serve their concerns and preferred narratives. It’s not merely, as Michel de Certeau described, “reading as poaching,” but a...

When Writing is Neither Solitary nor Apolitical

Committee to Protect Jounalists, New York City, United States 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

Here is this week’s addendum to the Polity of Literature series: Because writers often compose their sentences in the relative calm and isolation of home or office, some people assume that writing is a solitary, apolitical activity. To give context to that assumption, here’s the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)’s...

Reading as Poaching

Michel de Certeau, Paris, France 
Translation: Steven Rendall, Les Barthes, France 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The twenty-second piece in our Polity of Literature series: “Reading as Poaching” is an essential text for the Polity of Literature, and a dense, word-by-word read; but flex your head, as the wise man* said, and this essay will reward you. The images are the stars! “Readers are travellers,” Michel de...

Ahmet Altan: Wood Sprites

Ahmet Altan, Istanbul, Turkey 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The twenty-first piece in our Polity of Literature series: The best libraries are often tiny, as small as a single book. A library’s value is in its use. Every book that a prisoner comes by, or that a refugee carries with her, opens onto other worlds and a realm of...

Queer City

Amizade como ativismo / Friendship as Activism

Ajamu, London, United Kingdom 
Cláudio Bueno, São Paulo, Brazil 
Félix Pimenta, São Paulo, Brazil 
Flip Couto, São Paulo, Brazil 
João Simões, São 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, São Paulo and Toronto. It then continues with Ajamu in conversation with Cláudio Bueno, Flip Couto, Félix Pimenta, and João Simões. New York, August 2017 1.1 Not...

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

Felipe Rivas San Martín, 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, São 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 López-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...