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This Universe

What to say about this universe? This beautiful cosmic gift that brings us contact with only the most magical of creatures. One such creature said to me, “Tell me about your parents’ traumatic journey,” before forking a piece of sesame crusted white fish into his mouth. I give him a reader’s digest version of the…

Towards a World Without War: A Conversation with Transnational Activist Jungmin Choi

In a 1995 interview between Lisa Lowe and Angela Davis, Davis states that, “A woman of color formation might decide to work around immigration issues. This political commitment is not based on the specific histories of racialized communities or its constituent members, but rather constructs an agenda agreed upon by all who are a part…

Editorial Note to Feature #3

We are pleased to share the publication of our third issue! “For Many Returns” is written as a correspondence between Nasrin Himada and Ruanne Abu-Rahme and Basel Abbas’s The Incidental Insurgents. Engaging with writing as a process, this piece takes up the task of writing alongside, and with the artwork. In this first iteration of “For Many Returns,” Himada grapples with the limitations of grief as it is felt in relation to the poetic images of a desolate, post-apocalyptic Palestinian landscape. “The Beloved” is the transcript for a video piece with the same title by Candice Lin. Lin takes the reader through our…

A Cartography of Crisis through the Obvious and the Intimate

Around 90 to 95 percent of tissues of things that are eaten in the water column get recycled. As Anne [Gardulski] told me, “Nobody dies of old age in the ocean.” —Christina Sharpe, In the Wake   Today the ocean may seem like a coherent body of water, as if all the scars made from…

The Aesthetics of Empire: Neoclassical Art and White Supremacy

“I went to see great works of art before barbarians who cannot even recognize great works of art destroy them.” B. Frank Earnest, spokesman for the Virginia chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans, speaking about Confederate statues in Richmond on NPR’s Code Switch podcast, August 23rd, 2017.   In the fight to contend with the…

On the need to claim (physical) QTBIPoC spaces

This text comes out of the University of California Humanities Research Institute residential group on “Queer of Color Formations and Translocal Spaces in Europe” (though the regions we work on also include the US, South Africa, India, and the Caribbean). The fellowship allowed eight of us to spend ten weeks together at UC Irvine in…

Like Piss in Motion: Race, Gender, and Filtration Systems in the work of Candice Lin

In Paris and in the Middle Ages sewage—human and non-human waste—was routinely dumped onto unpaved streets before working its way to the River Seine, from which people drank directly. Throughout the nineteenth century, sanitation extended far beyond Parisian urban development, into colonial governance, and serves today as a tool for imperial control. Pleating health, sanitation,…

Peter James Hudson: On Banking Diasporas, Colonial Methods & Aesthetic Inquiry

We want to begin by thanking you for your work in the Boston Review and for your art writing, particularly on Mark Bradford, and for your pivotal book, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean. We have been learning so much from your tweets, your website, your words. We were incredibly struck by…

On the Burden of Proof: Racialized Violence and the Limits of Public Mourning

She was more than just a snapshot you have seen on television, more than just a victim of a terrible crime, more than just a woman in a hijab who apparently inspired anger in a man she hardly knew. She loved and was loved; she cared for others and was cared for by them; she…

The Rage: Some Closing Comments on “Open Casket”

  Emmett Till is dead. I don’t know why he can’t just stay dead. – Roy Bryant   This is what our dying looks like. – Jericho Brown   What can one say, in response to Dana Schutz’s Open Casket? To say even this, out loud, would sound, without further inquiry, like a reference to…