With You, For You, we will:
Deepen our connections to
Family and Earth
Change and History
Tech. and Bodies
Magic and Love
Knowledge and the Erotic
Snatch our tongues back
Back from the academy
Back from thieves in ivory towers
Back from detention
Back from the hands that took
our love notes
and bound them into
texts we could never afford
Back from their “validation”
Back from their “credentials”
Back from institutions
that hoarded knowledge from us
and commodified our precious histories
We all have knowledge to share
We all have different points of access,
traumas around memory, learning, sharing and skill building
We all have resources to contribute and needs to fulfill
We are all engaged in our own work personally, politically,
spiritually, and emotionally.
How do we validate our knowledge and and fortify our relationships to each other?
How do we gain the knowledge to thrive into the future?
We will recenter ourselves and decenter the academy.
We will seek generous reciprocities instead of exclusion and hostilities.
We are decentralizing the brick and mortar and the financial ties that qualify institutions of learning. We are building an embodied and distributed knowledge.
One that validates by relation, by personal and intimate history.
One shaped by the hands it feeds.
One shaped by the land we walk on and takes care of it.
Photos by Taeyoon Choi