Nature: With Us, Against Us, Within Us Official Playlist

The Culturework team is thrilled to present a playlist to accompany this issue’s theme: Nature: With us, Against us, Within us. The word itself connects to such a range of experiences, including gratitude, fear, courage, wonder, and a thirst for positive change. Our editor Marina Murayama Nir has included a few spotlights on creators Treya…

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Decolonization, Queerness, and Ancestral Nurturance in Xango/Suave’s “Hooks And Stones”

“Hooks and Stones” embroidery piece by Mazzie  Interview by Marina Murayama Nir Last Winter, the Culturework team featured Hartford, Connecticut-raised, Oberlin-based, Puerto Rican experimental pop band, Xango/Suave, and their song, “Rituals,” on our Matriarchy Playlist. Their 2017 album, Equis, rich in varying musical styles, examines “colonial resistance in Puerto Rico and explores personal negotiations of…

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Matriarchy 2018 Official Playlist

The Culturework team is thrilled to present a playlist to accompany this issue’s theme: Matriarchy. We liked the idea of how expansive the theme could be, and hoped that the invitation would extend to everyone. We wanted to pose questions of how matriarchy is connected to femininity, togetherness and separateness, honor and expectation, protectiveness, pain,…

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Exploring With Models, by Rico Alice

  Interview by Rebecca Bacon Ehlers I first met Darien Carr, also known as the hip-hop artist Rico Alice, in a Berlin beer garden in the spring of 2016.  I was there visiting my sister, who’d gotten acquainted with them through the study abroad program that had brought them both to the city.  They were…

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