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Decolonial Aesthetics

The goal of decolonial thinking and doing is to continue re-inscribing, embodying and dignifying those ways of living, thinking and sensing that were violently devalued or demonized by colonial, imperial and interventionist agendas as well as by postmodern and altermodern internal critiques. —Modernity-Coloniality Working Group of the Transnational Decolonial Institute

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DENYSE THOMASOS

Thomasos birthed her own movement, representational abstraction. —Heidi McKenzie

Repopulating Contentious Territory

Despite the rising profile of indigenous artists in contemporary Canadian art in recent decades, significant blind spots and conflict zones remain. On the West Coast of Canada, the direction of photographic portrayals of communities and lands by First Nations artists remains negligible, even after Vancouver’s decades of photoconceptualism and that movement’s theories of social engagement. —Gordon Brent Ingram

A New Ñame

When we begin to see our seemingly disparate present-day cultures and political and socioeconomic realities through a decolonial lens, we can reclaim traditions by reconnecting our endurance of five centuries in the Americas to our future, ultimate liberation. Decolonial African American cuisine is an ownership and a repossession of African food history that unapologetically positions the Atlantic Slave Trade and its pervasive legacy as a central point of global decolonial discourse. —Berlin Reed

Playing Dead: The Toronto Zombie Walk

A figure often seen wandering through the imaginary postapocalyptic landscape, the zombie, could be described as a defective or dysfunctional survivor, hopeless, devolved — a body in a chronic state of decay, deprived of its consciousness, senselessly perambulating the city, the countryside or even the suburban mall. — Richard Moszka

Wait Forty Years: Innu Women’s Resistance to Plan Nord

Whenever anyone speaks about the Plan Nord, territory, ancestral rights, the eyes of children haunt me. Are we going to leave fifty more years of struggle for the next generation? If we do not act now to preserve the future for our children and refuse the Plan Nord, it will destroy our territory. — Denise Jourdain

Queer Apocalypse: Survivalism and Queer Life at the End

The proposal to think queerly about the apocalypse is not an attempt to rescue apocalypse stories from the insidious reproduction of hegemonic relations; rather it is an opportunity to playfully consider what queer approaches to survival at the end might offer to our rethinking of the present. —Natalie Kouri-Towe

Apocalypse Anytime

This story of how the world will end — and the very notion that it will — has endured for millennia, migrating around the world, and becoming a dominant ideology within a modern superpower with a massive nuclear arsenal. — Kathryn Denning

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Lady Gaza

She may have traded her microphone for a megaphone, but you would be hard-pressed not to recognize that signature hairpiece above the crowd. Lady Gaza has recently emerged as her latest reinvention, this time from international superstar to— if you can believe it—Palestine activist.