Illustrating Safety Without the State: a conversation between two queer of colour artists on arts-based activism during COVID-19
“I cannot be a killjoy anymore. I actually moved towards joy now, or I try to centre joy in my life, and I think this is a turning point in my art practice. To be like, “okay, but if it’s not rage, how can I generate this energy from joy?” It’s very different, it feels like a different texture, if that makes sense, to create from joy instead of rage.” – Sunanda Mesquita (Decolonial Killjoy)
In this transnational conversation (May 6th, 2021) moderated by Dr. Jin Haritaworn, Sunanda Mesquita (Decolonial Killjoy) and MZ (Fu Fighter Arts) discuss arts-based activism during COVID-19. Reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, they share thoughts on surrealism, dreaming, tracing and the role of art in healing and making revolutions “irresistible” (Toni Cade Bambara).
Also check out:
MZ’s Quarantine Dream Zine, created with the influence of this conversation
“City of Diaspora” – A performance piece by Stefanie Sourial with Hyo Lee, Faris Cuchi Gezahegn and Sunanda Mesquita
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