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Issue 20

How Are You?

03.05.2021 - 19.07.2021

“How are you?” A simple question that we usually answer with: “Good, and you?”, an automatic response that cuts short the possibility of stopping and recognizing the vulnerability of the body before our interlocutors. “Good”: a hesitation that swings between pessimism and optimism, prompting answers in the form of short phrases, emojis, stickers, or GIFs that encapsulate the communication of feelings, emotions, and memories that the body holds and that tickle our desire for something different. “And you?”: a hopeful exercise to know that we are accompanied in our search for joy. Throbbing bodies know that other forms of existence are possible.

“How are you?” I am good because I wish to set fire to the configuration of this world. The malaise, (re)inscribed on living surfaces like a sort of palimpsest, forces us to ask ourselves again about strength and the limits of what is possible. At a time when what we want more than ever is “normality,” which distances us from a collective sense of urgency in favor of a radical change in society, how does malaise reverberate in the body/land? On the other hand, we wonder, what are the implications of the necessary processes of reparation in the face of suffering that oscillates between eugenics, exploitation, and extractivism? “Broken,” “abnormal,” and untamable existences have intuitively traced forms of care, resistance, healing, and transmutation. What lessons will we have to remember in order to reinforce our self-defense against the ableist logic surrounding the “healthy and productive body” in the cis-heteropatriarchal and racist framework of this end of the world?

In this issue of Terremoto, we want to bring together reflections around all that we somaticize in regard to trauma, illness, and death—without it meaning the end of life. Through artistic practices that we believe are guided by what Gladys Tzul Tzul recognizes as the “desire for life,” we seek to pose questions about what it means to recalibrate the idea of collective care in order to affirm joy and movement that, among the individual and the collective, allow us to oppose the logic of extermination.

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