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We Want the Airwaves


Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values. (Photo of Nia interviewing Gabby Rivera by Tecpatl DeSequoia.)

Sep 30, 2018

Is visibility ultimately a good thing for the artist with revolutionary intentions? For most artists, seeking to be visible to the mainstream mass media is key to economic survival. However that visibility and the surveillance that comes with it can be detrimental to the intent of subversive art. What if we accept that anything we get paid to do can never be truly revolutionary, and that anything truly revolutionary cannot be done in public? Malcolm Lasalle explored these and other questions in their essay "War on Reality," (published in Maji: An Afro-Futurist Community Newspaper, Volume I, Number 5).

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia.

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