Edited by Imani Jacqueline Brown, Black Ecologies is a multigenerational, multidimensional call for scholarship, reading, and action to constellate Black diasporic visions of ecological reparations for a segregated planet. MARCH 02 features contributions by Simone + Trynne Delaney, Thuli Gamedze, J. Drew Lanham, K’eguro Macharia, Amber Jamila Musser, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Romy Opperman, Danielle Purifoy, Lisandro Suriel, and is designed by Untitled on recycled paper. Additionally, we partnered with Dark Matter University to co-present a series of online articles circulating around the issue through fall 2021.
In 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other environmental activists, all of Ogoni origin, were hanged by the Nigerian government for standing in the way of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company. Saro-Wiwa’s work acted as a catalyst for some, if not all, who came afterwards, and his legacy continues through songs, poems, films, and visual art.
If critical histories, white Anthropocene narratives, and the will-to-protect invite a “rampant inability to imagine alternative futures outside an apocalyptic state of emergency,” a gift of Black ecological thought is its hopeful, invigorated energies and will-to-change.
Prototype for poetry vs rhetoric (deep roots), including a farm, sculptural installation and community space, is the capstone of Jordan Weber’s multi-year efforts to engage the endemic impacts of environmental racism in North Minneapolis with a lasting communal platform.
Mind over matter in the grammars of Enlightenment geology became, in the practical geology of colonialism, mine overmatter, that is, matter recognized by the imperative to extract and accumulate through subtending stratal relations.
What can we learn from water? Fluidity, impermanence, ease of movement, care, methods to listen, tenderness. Screening for the month of November, UMBILIC is an offering – forever incomplete; an entry point into uncovering different (hi)stories that can help to situate our liquid selves.
The Manguebit movement and their “Crabs with Brains” manifesto is a conceptual paradigm that brings the notion of maternity, fertility, diversity, and productivity together with the notion of a technology, digital media, and computation; that can facilitate syncretism, that can bridge the gap not only across the Atlantic, but between those that survived on land and those still locked up in the gouffre.
We are pleased to announce the next issue of MARCH will be edited by Imani Jacqueline Brown, an artist, activist, and researcher from New Orleans whose work investigates the continuum of Extractivism, from settler-colonial genocide and slavery to contemporary gentrification, fossil fuel production, and police and corporate impunity.
“In what I am calling the weather, antiblackness is pervasive as climate. The weather necessitates changeability and improvisation; it is the atmospheric condition of time and place; it produces new ecologies.” – Christina Sharpe