@artandfem isn’t into binaries
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Dear Art+Feminism Community,
My name is McKensie Mack (@mckensiemack), and I am the Director of Art+Feminism. I was appointed Director in July of this year, and in 2019 will be entering my third year with the Art+Feminism campaign. I wrote this letter - especially for you.
For five years you have worked with us to expand the histories of cis and trans women, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. We thank you, and we know we could not have made it this far without you. From organizing events in Armenia, Italy, California, Atlanta, Paris, Ghana, and Taiwan - to liking our memes here on instagram and telling your friends and chosen families about our work - your contribution is immeasurable - it is invaluable.
This year, we’ve made a big decision that will further the work of our campaign forever - we’re expanding our focus to include the histories of gender non-binary artists and activists. Read more about the evolution of our project at the link in the bio. #AF6#noweditingaf#artandfeminism#beyondthebinary
I’m sick as a dog but full of warm fuzzies after an @artandfem meeting with a bunch of the new regional organizers. We talked about our core beliefs, our goals for this year, and our obsession with doggos and tacos 🐕🌮 #artandfeminism#wikipedia#doggosandtacos
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What is happening along the border of Mexico and the United States is a crime against humanity. The use of tear gas is considered a war crime. Border Agents are using it on children. Please give to relief agencies assisting these migrants if you can and rise up against the forces of colonialism in your daily life. Either you’re resisting or you are complicit. #decolonizenow
Another year, another night of dismantling white, cis normative patriarchal capitalism with question party 🧐🎉
Question Party has started
Primping for company
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“My family subscribed to this rigid belief system. They were unaware of the reality that gender, like sexuality, exists on a spectrum. By punishing me, they were performing the socially sanctioned practice of hammering the girl out of me, replacing her with tenets of gender-appropriate behavior. Though I would grow up to fit neatly into the binary, I believe in self-determination, autonomy, in people having the freedom to proclaim who they are and define gender for themselves. Our genders are as unique as we are. No one's definition is the same, and compartmentalizing a person as either a boy or a girl based entirely on the appearance of genitalia at birth undercuts our complex life experiences.” - Janet Mock
Today is #transdayofremembrance. Today and every day, we remember the people lost to the violence of transphobia. Today and every day, we celebrate the lives, visibility, voices, and communities of trans people all over the world still here. We honor them and celebrate them. #translivesmatter photo via @resistanceresin
Thanks to everyone who came out the “The Spiritual Hunt” at @icp organized by @icplibrary
Thanks for being brave, and for letting me be vulnerable, for creating a space of sitting and thinking with me.
Thank you to my dearest @publicemilynumberdunne for being the best baby bird 🐦
Come sit with me 🧘🏻♀️ RSVP via link in bio
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Join us Tuesday at 6:30 downtown at the Icp museum with Curator and @artandfem co-founder Jacqueline Mabey @comesfromthesea presents a lecture and guided meditation that explores themes of identity, care, and community.
As an artist or an artworker, one’s labor is deeply imbricated with a sense of self; what you make is who you are. Vectors of self—gender, sexuality, ability, and so on—when not affirmed by the culture at large can become core aspects of identity. On the other hand, both Buddism and neuroscience posit that a stable sense of self does not exist. How do we reconcile these two conflicting frameworks?
The Spiritual Hunt will look to the ideas of Jack Halberstam, Johanna Hedva, José Esteban Muñoz, and Jan Verwoert to propose answers to the questions: “How do you care for yourself and your community when you are under strain?” and “How can our care avoid becoming commodified?” The lecture will culminate in a guided meditation led by Mabey.
This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section.