As Native Americans and as Palestinians, we are not necessarily political, nor all of us activists. We are inheritors of history trying to survive ongoing colonization. — Jodi Voice
For the debut of his new column, “Close Readings,” Richard William Hill critically responds to the Alex Janvier retrospective at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
The Palestinian organization alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society is a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) activists who work collaboratively to break down gendered and heteronormative barriers. — Haneen Maikey
The struggle for the liberation of Palestine is rooted in the struggle against its settler colonial context, and is part of a wider network of anti-colonial resistance. In this issue of FUSE, guest-edited by Nasrin Himada and Reena Katz, we highlight the shared structures and contemporary effects of settler colonialism brought to bear on communities in Palestine and on Turtle Island.
I offer here an account of how a group of Montreal residents, the Mile-End popular assembly, prepared “Dans la rue pour la grève sociale/In the street for social strike” on 10 August 2012. We often forget to document the histories of how we remake the world, even in little ways, and I want to linger a bit on the minutiae of preparation in order to illustrate that fine, magical line between what seems given or natural — that parking spots are for cars, for instance, or that streets are merely conduits
for getting from one place to another — and what is possible. —Cindy Milstein
Living in London is difficult to describe. Londoners are full of contradictions. So many of us are keen to leave but are compelled to stay. The cost of living is high and getting higher. Rent is increasingly taking up far too much of our incomes; for me, it wavers between fifty and eighty per cent of my wages. I work part-time as a waitress, with unreliable bits of income from art projects or childcare, and my situation is echoed throughout the cultural sector. Work for most people is increasingly precarious — too much, not enough, unpaid, not contracted, unprotected &c. —Grace Kyne-Lilley
French-language interview with Patricia Boushel and Anna Sheftel of Translating the printemps érable, a volunteer collective whose chief activity is translating working documents and current events coverage relating to social movements in an attempt to bridge the language divide between French and English-speaking Canada. The collective was founded in the spring of 2012 in order to serve the Quebec student movement and has since broadened its mandate to include other current social movements.
Dans une grève, tout se situe toujours déjà à la remorque, tout essaie toujours de surfer sur la vague. La récupération fait partie du mouvement de grève. — Philippe Enver
What are Promiscuous Infrastructures? They are strategies of resistance in a hostile political and economic environment that threatens creativity. They are about community building across practices, disciplines, categories and identities. Promiscuous Infrastructures are affectionate, trustworthy, anticapitalist, antiauthoritarian, experimental and fun.
Symposium organized by Candice Hopkins and the Art Gallery of Alberta 24/06/2012
Review by Amy Fung