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Cripresentation

Cripresentation

By Mari "Dev" Ramsawakh
Highlighting important conversations by 2SLGBTQIA+ disabled artists, centering Black, Indigenous and other people of color.
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Episode 4: Syrus Marcus Ware
In this episode, I interviewed Syrus Marcus Ware, a Black, trans, disabled, MAD, queer artist and activist. He is a visual artist, performance artist, and a core member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. Together, we discuss defunding the police and prison abolition, their work in responding to COVID-19, the connection between Disability Justice and Black Liberation, and parenting as a Black disabled trans artist. Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/171_zjlKnwTg_lpBHgZXr7hSaW-y4g3yzw_6bX7Yfgm4/edit Black Lives Matter Canada: https://blacklivesmatter.ca/ Music: "Rules Were Meant to Be Broken" by LAL
25:21
June 30, 2020
Episode 3: Wy Joung Kou
In this episode, I interviewed Wy Joung Kou, a queer, chronically ill, multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto.  I met with Kou to discuss creating art while managing chronic illness and pain, what financial access means for disabled artists, and the relationship disabled artists have with care and community.  Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BGtYPx7yk19vcYfV7iFvvI-CJz2y-LDXv33tt1XvH7s/edit Music: "Rules Were Meant to Be Broken" by LAL Special thanks Xtra Magazine for helping to produce and record this episode. 
19:30
June 30, 2020
Episode 2: Rosina Kazi
In this episode, I speak with Rosina Kazi, a mad-identified artist who performs in the electronic radical racialized duo LAL and co-created Unit 2, a community art space, and Bricks & Glitter, an alternative Pride festival here in Tkaronto to discuss creating safer spaces in the music industry, why they created Unit 2 and the Bricks & Glitter festival, and madness in both artistic and South Asian communities.  Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eI0F4GYUX8FcRs_156H4Cet0_fV-FfwNFV9Pk_Ttv3Q/edit Bricks & Glitter Twitter: https://twitter.com/BricksGlitter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bricksandglitter/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bricksandglitter/ LAL: https://lalforest.bandcamp.com/ Music: "Rules Were Meant to Be Broken" by LAL Special thanks to Xtra Magazine for help with production and recording of this episode. 
38:56
June 30, 2020
Episode 1: Justin Many Fingers
In this episode, I interviewed Justin Many Fingers, who at the time was the artistic director of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, an Indigenous theatre organization. Justin is a Queer, Indigenous, disabled, and MAD artist trained in acting, singing, and dancing in both Western and Indigenous constructs. We sat down to discuss learning to claim our identities, dealing with tokenization, and what an Indigenous arts culture means.  Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BNAnQ221AITksf2t8cCpeNsijfMNFuDoC0vaoiKm4Ho/edit?usp=sharing  Land acknowledgements: uncovering an oral history of Tkaronto: https://locallove.ca/issues/land-acknowledgements-uncovering-an-oral-history-of-tkaronto/#.XvgdwyhKhPZ Music: "Rules Were Meant to Be Broken" by LAL (correction, in the episode I say the song is from Dark Beings, but it's from Find Safety) Special thanks to Xtra Magazine for help with the recording of this episode. 
44:24
June 30, 2020