PROTODISPATCH

PROTODISPATCH

A monthly digital publication of artists’ dispatches on the life conditions that necessitate their work.

 



FEBRUARY 25, 2024

ANOTHER KIND OF PASSPORT

Gülsün Karamustafa and Alex Klein

In this conversation Gülsün Karamustafa and Alex Klein delve into the formative years of Karamustafa’s trajectory shaped by the geopolitical landscape, political engagement, and artistic tools for resistance. From the Iron Curtain confining her childhood in Turkey to reporting on the ground for BBC Radio in politically charged 1970s London, Karamustafa's experiences set the stage for her powerful artistic practice. Denied passports for 16 years, she and her husband found themselves imprisoned within Turkey, leading to a profound exploration of migration and adaptation in her art. The lifting of travel restrictions in 1986 marked a transformative period, enabling extensive global travel that influenced her work's evolution. From collaborative ventures in cinema to exhibitions worldwide, Karamustafa's art becomes a literal and metaphorical passport, fostering mutual exchange and solidarity across borders. Karamustafa shares her personal experiences, a down to earth life review, in advance of her exhibition in the Turkish Pavilion at the 60th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, itself a conundrum of the continuing contradictions of nationhood, intangible cultural heritage, and man-made borders.







JANUARY 23, 2024

INTEGRATIONIST RACISM AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN PUERTO RICO IN THE WAKE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER

Mayra Santos-Febres

Poet and writer Mayra Santos Febres contextualizes the survival of Afro-Borinquen artmaking within legacies of colonialism in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, highlighting liberatory methodologies and refusals to be unseen. In 2022 Protodispatch published another exploration of cultural survivance in Puerto Rico titled Relearning the Ancient: Paths to the Indigenous land rights in Boriquén by Jorge González and Angela Brown.



NOVEMBER 16, 2023

ON TRANSLUCENCY

Himali Singh Soin

In a time of profound loss, artist Himali Singh Soin offers a ballad and manifesto on spaces of occluded clarity, and the relationships between human and non-human survival therein. She suggests this inbetween as a zone of safety, opacity, and potential for permeable binaries and selves.



OCTOBER 20, 2023

NOTES ABOUT MONSTERS

Ana María Millán

Artist Ana María Millán presents a visual universe to combat the isolation of ideological purity, stealing the world-making of video games to enact alternate realities.



SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

UNTIL WE BECAME FIRE AND FIRE US

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Abbas and Abou-Rahme combine video, music, and poems on the regenerative cycles of destruction and regrowth, by both nature and human hands.



JUNE 15, 2023

EDUCATIONAL CHARTS, MYTHS, AND SOCIAL CONTROL

Chitra Ganesh

Artist Chitra Ganesh maps how the visual language of childhood is produced by powerful ideologies, unpacking a nearly ubiquitous Indian food chart as evidence of the Indian government’s attempts to systematically erase a multivalent, secular, and diverse India



MAY 15, 2023

LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT: CONVENING OTHERWISE

Simone Leigh and Rashida Bumbray

Simone Leigh and Rashida Bumbray discuss an intertwined practice of building cultural infrastructures with care, friendship, and generosity, with Laura Raicovich



APRIL 15, 2023

GUNS AND VIRIONS: MEL CHIN’S I SEE…. THE INSURGENT MECHANICS OF INFECTION

Mel Chin

Thirty years after Mel Chin pointed a rifle at the heads of an audience assembled for a public talk, the artist re-examines this eerily prescient work in our current moment of resurgent fascisms, rampant viral scares—both medical and digital—and the need to reimagine everything.




MARCH 15, 2023

WE HAVE COLONIZED POTENTIALITY

Jordan Deal

The artist Jordan Deal reflects on the sanctuary and peril of public gathering.



FEBRUARY 15, 2023

AIDING AND ABETTING IRAN’S WOMEN’S REVOLUTION

Homa and Saba*

How a group of transnational artists are using archiving and accelerated storytelling as radical acts of resistance.



JANUARY 13, 2023

A BLACK AQUATIC

Kenya (Robinson)

Through a hyperlinked lyric essay, and a month-long social media takeover, Kenya (Robinson) explores the relationship between Black people and water—both fresh and saltwater—as an essential part of the storytelling of US histories.



NOVEMBER 15, 2022

WHAT WE HOLD IN COMMON

Ximena Garrido-Lecca & Ishmael Randall-Weeks

Ximena Garrido-Lecca & Ishmael Randall-Weeks describe a process of building a structure communally out of materials brought by participants, revealing the strength of collective memory and its capacity to unveil corruption and lies in the context of Peru’s recent and deep pasts.



OCTOBER 15, 2022

RELEARNING THE ANCIENT: PATHS TO INDIGENOUS LAND RIGHTS IN BORIQUÉN

Jorge González and Angela Brown

An email exchange accompanied by a diary of images and texts, reflects on and practices the relearning of traditional crafts in Boriquén (Puerto Rico) as a recuperative strategy for colonial erasure of land rights, a subject increasingly raw and urgent as climate crisis deepens.



OCTOBER 3, 2022

WHEN HATE BECOMES AN INSTRUMENT: ANTI-LGBT+ RALLY IN ISTANBUL

Alper Turan with B. Toprak Karakaya, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, and Koli Art Space (Yasemin Kalaycı & Elçin Acun)

The illusory victimhood of ultranationalists draws passionate responses from queer culture workers from Turkey who are committed to undoing their hate.



SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

DOCUMENTARY UNDER THE GAZE OF THE STATE

Tiffany Sia with Emilie Sin Yi Choi and Chan Tze-Woon

Three Hongkongers got together in July 2022 to talk about the relationships between documentary filmmaking, protest, who gets to record history, and the challenges of working and screening films under the gaze of the state.