I loved this interview of @ArtistMarciaX by @MoMartin . Thanks for the great insights and inspiration, friends ❤ https://tinyletter.com/MoMartin/letters/beauty-isn-t-real-an-interview-with-marcia-x
omg the racism
@ArtistMarciaX @MoMartin "What happens just about every time, in one form or another, is someone asking me to consider not writing or making work about Black/Indigenous people. Make the concepts about the human experience." And I was like... do people even realize what they're saying when they go on like this 😑 Congrats jackasses, for at least making it clear you don't think BIPOC are fully human.
"I exist, I have a right to exist, and I won't put anyone else in the center of my universe that can kill me.
"Basically. because that's what white supremacy wants, is for my soul to die trying to be something I'm not.
"I have to be stubborn. It gets a bit easier for me with age.
"I also know that respectability doesn't work.
"Beauty isn't real.
"And that nothing I do will ever be enough.
"So fuck them."
D'you ever realize with @ArtistMarciaX you're in the presence of an artist and scholar who will be talked about for ages to come and you're going to be able to say you knew them and socialized with them? Like, squeed over their selfies and shit? And if you're lucky enough and long-lived enough historians and documentary makers may come interview you for a human interest angle on the artist?
All I'm saying is, we all need to store up our embarrassing/silly Marcia anecdotes. For history.
@lj_writes first of all thank you i dont deserve the gas’
@lj_writes @ArtistMarciaX In retrospect, reading over this, I spent too much time on the question of white people and the work. Like, that was the question the discussion grew out of, "What do you do with the white gaze as an afro-indigenous artist" but if I were to do it again, or do it over, I'd ask more about the themes and ideas of the work itself.
I think it was worth talking about the white gaze for that particular interview, though, because this exchange was amazing:
I have seldom seen such a succinct and visceral expression of what that experience is like, and am amazed at both of you for drawing out that response and giving it.
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