I’m trying something a little different to vary what i’ve been doing recently as well as to make use of some images that I wouldn’t normally use (perhaps because the angle is wrong or its too awkward). I still wanted to use the images in some capacity since I take so many photos, and so few get posted online, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t all important to me in one way or another. I thought that I could create a different narrative by layering the images on top of each other in certain cases, and in other cases, i thought that by collaging them, it would add some more visual interest.
This is a picture of me crying and a picture of a bruise and a scar on my thigh.
This poem is about a pregnancy scare that I had, knowing that I would get an abortion even though the feeling of potentially having a baby inside me was nice.
It took less than two weeks for your love to hiccup
less than two weeks for us to forget to iron out the wrinkles in the sheets
so I guess it’s no surprise that it took less than twenty minutes
for us to push and shove and sweat
and do the opposite of letting go.
In fact, I’m holding something closer than you will ever get to
and I’m not so sure that it’s a bad thing.
This is what I was talking about
when I said that I’m scared,
scared because the way you look at me is like
you’re shooting arrows through hoops
and I’m loving like a blind man,
my hand is my walking cane, and it’s never felt a warm like this.
This is me making a scene.
I know my body is crammed,
but I’m gonna stuff a few more “what if”s in there
"what if"s like
maybe I would feel a little less like an empty 2-liter
a little more like I’m trying to hold the world
because yes, it’ll take more than a town to raise you.
You who is the helium to my balloon,
and the love that they won’t understand.
You who has already knocked the wind right out of me,
you, the future kickboxing champion.
I’m writing myself a card, and it goes like this:
congratulations, you’re not expecting.
In fact, you’re never gonna see this coming until
all of a sudden, you can’t see your toes anymore.
This is your future.
And you have decided not to let anyone tell you how skin is supposed to stretch.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Zine Launch Party at The Silent Barn in Brooklyn last night. We are still so overwhelmed and amazed by how many people came to support us despite the rain and the trains being down. We love you ;’)
Later today the zine+tape will be available to purchase online from our friends over at Birdtapes for $10. They did an awesome job – the zine and tape look and sound amazing – so order one before the sell out!
PS. If you took any pictures last night, we’d love to see them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Get Busy’s Suggested Sounds: Youth Man - Heavy Rain
- by Kate
Youth Man are Kaila White, Adam Haitof and Marcus Perks, an androgynous, Riot Grrl-influenced group from Birmingham.
Their latest single, Heavy Rain is possibly their darkest track to date, with thundering percussion, half-whispered, half-screamed vocals and lyrics which evoke gothic tales like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; "He lumbers forth/My man-machine/And takes in all of the things that he’s seen…".
The song can currently be downloaded for free from the group’s bandcamp profile. You can also catch Youth Man live at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge on November 23rd.
There is more to identity than identifying with one’s culture or standing solidly against it. José Esteban Muñoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culture—not by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes. Muñoz calls this process “disidentification,” and through a study of its workings, he develops a new perspective on minority performance, survival, and activism.
Disidentifications is also something of a performance in its own right, an attempt to fashion a queer world by working on, with, and against dominant ideology. By examining the process of identification in the work of filmmakers, performance artists, ethnographers, Cuban choteo, forms of gay male mass culture (such as pornography), museums, art photography, camp and drag, and television, Muñoz persistently points to the intersecting and short-circuiting of identities and desires that result from misalignments with the cultural and ideological mainstream in contemporary urban America.
I’m looking for people who make art about or with periods. To be exhibited in Gothenburg, Sweden in March 2014.
Deadline for submissions is 11th of December.
Send submission to: email@example.com
Also welcome to submit videos to: Someone Told Me You Don’t Feel Like This on unlimited deadline.
RIP to generations of women creatives we’ve lost because their eccentricities got them locked up in insane asylums and corrective religious institutions.
OOMK Issue 2 is finally here!
Issue 2 is a celebration of PRINT and is packed with interviews, articles, art, photography and illustration from over 40 female artists, writers and activists (and a few men too).
Contributors include The Guerilla Girls, Sara Salem, Hana Riaz,See Red Women’s Workshop, Soraya Syed and Rosie Martin to name just a few.
To celebrate we will be having an official launch on Friday 22nd November at Motown in East London. At the launch there will be a mini exhibition of some of the work from the zine and also the opportunity to purchase a copy.
Date: Friday 22nd November
Address: Motown, 157 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG
We’ve also taken over the window display at Bookartbookshop in Old Street to coincide with the launch. We’ve installed a floating exhibition inspired by PRINT and it will be up for two weeks starting today!
"Throughout Girls Get Busy #20, there was to me an overriding tone of defiant individuality, of self-acceptance, of confidence. I felt more confident in my own abilities after reading it, and I felt more willing to make mistakes on the off chance that I might get something right, or create something worthwhile."
Read the full review at thelesigh.com/2013/11/zine-girls-get-busy-20.html