d.i.y. zine celebrates ancient traditions q/poc use to find sanctuary in a violent world

April 7, 2017

Khari Johnson-Ricks is a New Jersey-based artist whose work centers and analyzes the traditions of queer people of color. His latest project, Olympic, is a groundbreaking zine examining how people of color have reclaimed western physical customs to relate to one another and their environment. Johnson-Rick’s vibrant works display these rituals in new ways, and makes a powerful statement about cross-cultural exchange, competition, and the commodification of bodies. Olympic examines how sports, battle and other physical rituals act as a microcosm for the racial and queerantagonistic violence of everyday life throughout the history of colonization. The zine will be having a release party in Newark on April 15th. Check out some of the images below!:

*Hari Ziyad is a New York based storyteller and writer for AFROPUNK. They are also the editor-in-chief of RaceBaitR, deputy editor of Black Youth Project, and assistant editor of Vinyl Poetry & Prose. You can follow them on Twitter @hariziyad.

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