In the early 20th century, many Mexican residents would cross the border into the United States so they could go to work. It was their morning routine before a hard day's work of manual labor. Following the 1916 typhus outbreak in Los Angeles, the U.S Public Health Service required all Mexicans crossing the border into the states to be stripped nude and deloused with a mixture of Kerosene and Zyklon B (A cyanide based pesticide later used by the Nazis in Germany for the gas chambers).
Zenat Begum is a young entrepreneur and community organizer who founded Playground Coffeeshop in a BedStuy storefront space, where her family operated a hardware store for the previous twenty years. Zenat speaks about the challenges of being a young woman of color starting a business, gentrification, and the coffee shop as a center for social change.
Guadalupe Rosales is a visual artist whose work utilizes marginalized histories and personal experiences – memory, trauma and nostalgia. She is the archivist and moderator of Instagram accounts Map Pointz and Veteranas and Rucas, collecting and sharing photos and history of East Los Angeles youth culture.
Whether it be arte, music, or literature, it’s important to know the roots of the cultura that many Chicanx folx wear/represent/listen to on the daily. It is a vast and beautiful field to explore, which many of us should be constantly learning about. As my first write up, here is a short history about a firme art colectiva out of northern Califas.
Art book fair weekend may be over, but the party doesn't have to end. Pick up a copy of the new Discipline publication What We Do Is Secret, compiled and edited by Rhylli Oguira, and jam to this playlist. Put together by Zakiya aka Lady Z of Oakland B-Side Brujas, the x-rated sounds of ecstasy and frenzy on these tracks are sure to get you prepped for the next week of sweet freakin'.
Interview with writer and funeral director Sarah Wambold on green burial alternatives, how the male gaze affects us even after death, why goths don't always make the best funeral directors, and how you can use your remains as a tool for political activism.
Interview with artist Caroline Schub, whose book encompassing work from 2010-2016 is forthcoming with Discipline Press. Caroline speaks about the evolution of her relationship to illness, the symbolism of guns in her work, and the role endurance plays in her work. A postscript written by Caroline speaks to her fears in the face of the coming political administration and its potential effects on access to healthcare.
Interview with Nader Haram of punk band Haram, conducted by Tamara Santibañez in Brooklyn, December 2016. Nader speaks about singing in Arabic, being investigated by the FBI, and being disowned by his family for performing with his band.
Interview with tattooer and artist Sally Rose conducted by Tamara Santibañez in Brooklyn, 2016. Sally on the rise of visible queer identity in tattooing, stick and pokes, tattoos as psychic armor and performative experience, and how to stay rebellious as a tattooed person.
Interview conducted by Tamara Santibañez in Brooklyn, November 2016. M Eighteen Tellez speaks about speculative fiction writing as a medium for inclusive discourse, the importance of preserving local dialect, and our current dystopian reality.