I created the concept for RESIST, a quarterly magazine celebrating the intersections of art and activism. Each issue features photographers, musicians and visual artists creating around a common contemporary issue. The Water Issue centers artists from Flint, MI and #NODAPL. (Proof of concept)
Research, curating and sourcing articles, copy editing, photo editing, design and layout, printing and binding
from the editors:
Thank you for picking up the first issue of RESIST Magazine. We are an arts and culture magazine that centers the voices of revolutionaries, change-
makers, and everyday folks on the margins. We look at the space where art and activism intersect and support artists who — to borrow from legendary artivist Nina Simone — reflect the times, re-frame the narrative, and re-imagine reality. We focus on artists who create to amplify the voices of their communites. A portion of the proceeds from our publication goes toward funding featured artists as well as the causes around which they are creating.
This quarter’s issue focuses on two of the United States’ most pressing water crises: the poisoning of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, and the violation of treaty rights on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Proceeds from this issue will go directly to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water filtration systems in Flint.
As you read, you will be introduced to the response from musicians grassroots to celebrity regarding the Flint water crisis. You will see Latoya Ruby Frazier’s challenge to the power wielded by the traditional photographer through her stunning and transgressive portraiture. You will witness joyful and unapologetic resistance at the Oceti Sakowin camp captured through the lens of Jaida Grey Eagle. And you will see the incredible breadth of visual art being created by artists in a resounding message of solidarity with the #NoDAPL movement.
Let this issue be a reminder that these moments are far from over; that tangible actions of support through our voices, the leveraging of our privileges, the creation of art, the organizing of our communities is necessary in order to halt and undo these legacies of harm. That the resistance at Standing Rock takes place in the context of more than 500 years of Indigenous resistance to occupation in the Americas. That the poisoning of Flint's water supply continues a centuries-old legacy of environmental racism that disproportionately harms and targets Black and brown communities.
Please write to us, and your letters will be published in next quarter’s issue. Call us out, call us in, share resources, give shout outs, and send recommendations our way. We want to build this with you.
We stand with Standing Rock. We stand with Flint. We will continue using our voices, building our communities, leveraging our resources, and creating in the name of liberation. Join us!