The winter 2011-12 issue of FUSE, Forms of the Struggle, has developed out of a formative engagement with the condition of occupation. A special collection of writing and images from contributors Harsha Walia, Syed Hussan, Max Haiven, Erin Konsmo and Louis Esme Cruz on the #Occupy movement introduces the issue. Articles and projects from Etienne Turpin, Kevin Smith and Clayton Thomas-Muller, Nasrin Himada with Red Channels, Haseeb Ahmed, Peter Morin, Chase Joynt and Alexis Mitchell, demonstrate practices connected obliquely to #Occupy and its forms through a materialist history of struggle.
Plus reviews of Heather Iglioliorte’s Decolonize Me (by Linda Grussani), Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell’s Border Sounds (by Natalie Kouri-Towe), Aganetha Dyck and William Eakin’s Light (by Julian Jason Haladyn and Miriam Jordan), and Leah Decter’s (official denial) trade value in progress (by Nahed Mansour).
ARTISTS’ PROJECTS IN THIS ISSUE:
PETER MORIN PORTRAITS OF THE TAHLTAN LAND STORY (Pages 18, 19, 24, 36; 2011)http://dogwoodinitiative.org/images/people/tahltanarrests/view http://thetyee.ca/News/2005/03/07TahltanResistanceGrows/ http://www.sacredland.org/klabona http://www.firstnations.de/mining/tahltan.htm
ERIN MARIE KONSMO & LOUIS ESME CRUZ UNsettling, ReImagining, acKNOWledge (Page 7; 2011)
Louis Esme Cruz is a Mi’kmaq, Irish and Acadian author, educator and artist based in Toronto, Three Fires Territory. Some of his writing and art works appear in Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, Feminism FOR REAL, GLQ: Indigeneity, Nationality and Sexuality and Redwire Magazine.
Erin Marie Konsmo is a Metis/Cree Indigenous Feminist and artist from Innisfail, Alberta. She is currently an Intern for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and on the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV and AIDS. A Toronto based artist, Erin has shown her work as part of the ‘Resilience’ exhibit in the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, and is included in Feminism FOR REAL, Shameless Magazine, and recently on Racialicious post OCCUPY WALL STREET: The Game of Colonialism and further nationalism to be decolonized by the “Left” by Jessica Yee.
UNsettling, ReImagining, acKNOWledge is an Indigenous response to the Occupy movement. This piece calls on everyone to reimagine a vision that will recognize Indigenous place, land, bodies, and end the many versions of the ‘Game of Colonialism’.
CHASE JOYNT & ALEXIS MITCHELL TEACH ME TO QUESTION EVERYTHING (Page 31; 2011)
Reiteration of a poster project produced and disseminated virtually beginning in the fall of 2011.