Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience it. More than a word, exile is also a condition. It is a place, a knowledge, a narrative, but most importantly, it is a psychic space that is obvious to those who inhabit it, those who must engage and wrestle with it because only by so doing can they come to terms with it.
The latest issue of the Chronic, explores ideas around mythscience, science fiction and graphic storytelling. Like previous editions of the Chronic, this edition is borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently – beyond the dogma of growth and development and the endless stream of future projections released by organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.
In opposition to the idea of the future as progress – a linear march through time – we propose a sense of time is innately human: “it’s time” when everyone gets there. We invited artists to produce graphic adaptations of stories that speak of everyday complexities in the world in which we live, in which we imagine we will live and in which we want to live.
” He was deranged, lucid, bitter, unrepentant and free. No one is sure what he means by most anything he does to this day, nor is deciphering their meanings a preoccupation.” Give praise! Harmony Holiday does some deep audio arkeology in an ode to the “Country Preacher”, his preachments and his contribution to the devotional avant-garde. Nah it ain’t religion… its truth.
Identity, politics, rock ‘n roll, soap operas and sentimental songs; humour, hysteria and sincerity. Like a gender-errant Jimi Hendrix, Tracey Rose flips the biblical Battle of Jericho to confront history, oppression and injustice with a generous act of imagination that tears down walls and crosses boundaries of culture, language and difference.
Everyday when the dreaded Boko Haram go off on various missions, the FOKN Bois keep their wives, sisters and daughters company. This act of selfless community service was filmed on location in beautiful Victoria Island, Lagos, the capital of Nigeria.