Strategies of Settler Responsibility and Decolonization —Leah Decter and Carla Taunton
With the States of Postcoloniality series, FUSE set out to engage the roles of artists and the arts in a global politics of decolonization. With this issue, we are concerned with art’s contribution to Indigenous sovereignty in the North.
The word “occupy” has understandably ignited criticism from Indigenous people as having deeply colonial implications. Its use erases the brutal history of genocide that settler societies have been built on. This is not simply a rhetorical or fringe point; it is a profound and indisputable matter of fact that this land is already occupied. —Harsha Walia
Contributors: Harsha Walia, Syed Hussan, Max Haiven, Erin Konsmo & Louis Esme Cruz, Etienne Turpin, Kevin Smith & Clayton Thomas-Muller, Nasrin Himada w/ Red Channels, Haseeb Ahmed, Peter Morin, Chase Joynt & Alexis Mitchell, Linda Grussani, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Julian Jason Haladyn & Miriam Jordan, Nahed Mansour
“The thing is, the library is not a collection of the coolest or best art books coming out of the Middle East—although we may possess many of them—it is in fact a material critique of cultural production and the discourses that presuppose such books…They are no longer just the transparent envelopes for discourse, they are objects—and as objects are subject to the pressures and incentives of material production and a wide range of material objectives; economic, historical and political.” —Babak Radboy (Bidoun Library)
Film curation and exhibition necessarily become essayistic practices, critical programs in poetic dialogue with social reality. While history offers innumerable instances in which the imperialist impulse of commercial film distribution and exhibition has used the developing world as grist for its mill… —Aliza Ma
A striking aspect of the Egyptian revolution is the frenzy of creative response and accelerated cultural production that has gripped Cairo and other parts of the country. The creativity and sense of urgency expressed in the streets continue on as competing groups give voice to their visions for the country’s future. —Joseph Banh
By embodying social antagonism within urban space, riots such as the Battle of the Camel often fall prey to the accusation of destructiveness, a claim that overlooks the far more destructive role played by capital within social relations on an ongoing basis. Riots shift the power to disrupt urban space from capital and the state to the riot’s collective body. —Olive McKeon
No Reading After the Internet has invited FUSE to co-present their November salon, which will feature research material from FUSE’s upcoming issue. Through group reading and discussion, we will consider the current “Occupy” movement in relation to colonial dynamics in Canada.
November 2 2011, 7PM @ LIFT (1137 Dupont, Toronto)
Putting together a shortlist of some of our favourites so far, not limited to Canada…