I am a mother of two children, an artisan, and a cultural worker. My intention for this sketchbook was to share a process of building the idea for a project that highlights legacies of resistance and resilience for South Central LA as part of a research fellowship with At Land's Edge. Instead, this sketchbook became a synthesis of my project ideation and release of trauma responses as I was revisiting practices in academia and research that often intellectualizes wounds of documented oppression in archives -as well as historical resistance and resilience and how it connects to my own legacy of survivance.
Resistance is the willingness to say no. It can be as simple as the sensations in the body that say “no, that doesn’t feel good” to our larger collective and loud “No to injustice”. The power of saying No is important especially in a dominant culture that negates our joy and our consent. Resistance is a starting point for imagining what we want to say “yes” to and imagining other possibilities for compassion and justice.
Asserting the truth and naming injustice is a starting point for building a repair and the resilience in our response to injustice. Awareness of the cycle of suffering -moving from crisis to crisis- was required for me to unpack as a starting point to connect with the essence of the vision for addressing the systemic design and trajectory of colonial oppression as evidenced by historical public archives.
for more of my creative work: www.teotlacuila.com
for more on the research fellowship: http://www.atlandsedge.com/vision/
for more info of the library where the project will be housed: http://www.socallib.org/
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