Shimmers Below the Surface: Emergent Strategy and Movement Building through 2-QTPOC Media

Anabel Khoo


Two-Spirit, Queer and Trans People of Colour (2-QTPOC) media offer paradigms for visions and practices of collective liberation and decolonization. Because 2-QTPOC media can reveal the metaphysical and affective among political imaginings and realities, this work attempts to track the haunting attachments, the emergent political, and the queerness inherent to the worlding that media making enacts, as a form of movement building and transformative healing. This work highlights the cultural work of Mangos with Chili, a two-spirit, queer and trans people of colour (2-QTPOC) multi-genre media performance collective, currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, to explore the complexities among materiality, representation and embodiment by asking: How can attending to 2-QTPOC media reveal potentialities of the political? What shimmers at the boundaries of intelligibility and memory?


emergence, media making, worlding, movement building

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MANAGING EDITORS   Sarah Iannicello, Benjamin J. Kapron

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VOL 20 CFP PRIMARY AUTHOR   Ronak Ghorbani Nejad

SCHOLARLY REVIEW TEAM   James Arruda, Nicole Beuglet, Julie Chamberlain, Aadita Chaudhury, Amanda Di Battista, Kesha Fevrier, Sarah Iannicello, Adam Linnard, Jessica Lukawiecki, Jacob McLean, Michaela McMahon, Indra Singh

CREATIVE REVIEW TEAM   Nicole Beuglet, Amanda Di Battista, Sarah Iannicello, Morgan Johnson, Kelly King, Andrew Mark, Eva Mencin, Indra Singh

COPY EDITORS   Sarah Iannicello, Benjamin J. Kapron, Rachel Lam, Anthony Sandre

LAYOUT AND DESIGN   Benjamin J. Kapron, Kelly King, Scott Lillico, Max Meyer

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS   Sarah Iannicello, Adam Linnard, Jessica Lukawiecki, Jacob McLean

TREASURER   Jeffrey Zavala

PRINTER   York University Printing Services, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON  M3J 1P3

FUNDING SUPPORT   Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University), PhD Environmental Studies Student Association

SPECIAL THANKS TO   Nina de Jesus, Amanda Di Battista, Ruben Esguerra, Steve Glassman, Darren Patrick, Lily Piccone, Dr. Catriona Sandilands, and Dr. Peter Timmerman

COVER ARTWORK   Kokila Bhattacharya