ART PAPERS 16.01 - Jan/Feb 1992 - SOLD OUT
This issue adopts the language, graphics, and images resulting from, and created by, the violent colonization and development of the United States. The first page is a satirical advertisement for Look Up Latinas! an imaginary directory of Latina artists made to quell the anxieties of the prejudiced art world- whose relationship to Latina artists ranges from “supplementary materials for grant proposals” to mispronounced names. Further into the issue, is a letter that mimics a colonial deed advertisement from the ”Department of Tourism La Nueva España”: a clear jab at the European history of colonizing and selling lands already owned and inhabited. In the poem, Ports of Entry, Raúl Ferrera-Balanquet tells us: the violent continuum of all the violent isms built by colonization, neoliberalism, and tyranny, shapes identities, and creates an internal crisis to love or understand anything, such as his own Afro-Cuban-Arabic-Spanish-Gay identity, produced by that shameful historical context. Notions of cultural, geographical, and ethnic boundaries are explored in this issue. In Bifocal Borders, a collaboration by Natalie Bookchin and Ayisha Abraham, Abraham questions, “how can the issue of identity be raised without questions of domination and political identity?” The essays center these themes, and are punctuated by powerful images, such as America’s Most Wanted by Danny Tisdale: a two-page spread of nine mug shots of black men. The issue also has reviews.
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