Self Reclamation Through Ritual-in-Performance

"That which in art reminds us of our greater selves, our unexplored potentials, and our personal mysteries —however beautiful, dignified, humiliating, or painful— ultimately opens us to transpersonal realities of which we are not immediately conscious." In her fantastic article about the work of Ana Mendieta and Yoko Ono, Deborah K. Ultan explored how both …

Stray Dog Café

Opened in 1911 on New Year's Eve at Mikhailovckaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, The Stray Dog was Russia's first ever literary and artistic cellar. Until 1915, it was a meeting place for poets and performances like Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and many others. The story goes that writer Alexei Tolstoi gave the cellar …

No Fear, No Die

Claire Denis’ 1990 film was inspired by Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth: “a special type of neurosis - colonized people feeling psychologically defeated even though they are physically free to determine their future.” Set on the outskirts of Paris, No Fear, No Die focuses on Dah and Jocelyn, immigrants from the former French colonies who train …