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Out the box

If colonization places us in boxes, one might think that ‘decolonization’ is the act of coming out of the box. Moving from here to there. But that would be another silent instance of ‘whiteness’: the mythical condition that enlists us in the practice of seeing things as discrete, not relational; as simple, not complex and …Continue Reading >>>

Re/membering History

I find fascinating the arguments offered by those who defend the statues and monumental structures scattered across the United States, which celebrate the leaders of the Confederacy. As activists insist that these structures are reminiscent of slavery and racism – painful memories of wage-less labour, broken ancestral lines and abuse – the defenders of these …Continue Reading >>>

Time enfoldments

To the modern mind that sees time as a Newtonian flow of moments from past to present to future, ancestry is a distant object – and matters of belonging and indigeneity are locked in a static past, accessible only to a few. Nothing however does more to remind me that the past is never done, …Continue Reading >>>

Reaching for the stars?

Do not dishonour the stars by seeking to reach them, by trusting that home lies in the glittery distance. ‘Reaching for the stars’ erases the hard work they have done, travelling unfathomable miles across our galaxy, spilling their guts in temper tantrums, baptizing earth with the very minerals that have become our bodies and our …Continue Reading >>>

Never arriving

When you think about it, everything of this world is in a perpetual state of yearning. Never quite fully arriving. Never finished departing. Just needling further, burrowing deeper, fading or appearing slowly. There’s never a point where something absolutely stops or begins. Everything is astray. I see this in seeking roots, feeling their way through …Continue Reading >>>

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Falling might very well be flying – without the tyranny of coordinates.