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.
INTEGRATIONIST RACISM AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN PUERTO RICO IN THE WAKE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDUCATIONAL CHARTS, MYTHS, AND SOCIAL CONTROL
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
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
GUNS AND VIRIONS: MEL CHIN’S I SEE…. THE INSURGENT MECHANICS OF INFECTION
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.
WE HAVE COLONIZED POTENTIALITY
The artist Jordan Deal reflects on the sanctuary and peril of public gathering.
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.
A BLACK AQUATIC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.