Portland, Oregon artist Syan Rose’s book ‘Our Work is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer & Trans Resistance,’ is breath-taking and profound. I went through it slowly over the course of three days, letting these voices and insights try to sink in. It was delightful and very very humbling experience, so much to learn and reflect on.
From the publisher:
In their own words, queer and trans organizers, artists, healers, comrades, and leaders speak honestly and authentically about their own experiences with power, love, pain, and magic to create a textured and nuanced portrait of queer and trans realities in America. The many themes include Black femme mental health, Pacific Islander authorship, fat queer performance art, disability and health care practice, sex worker activism, and much more. Accompanying the narratives are Rose’s startling and sinuous images that brings these leaders’ words to visual life.
This is a full-colour, oversized book of art and language that is beautifully bound and printed. As an editor and publisher myself, I appreciate the tremendous care and love that went into the work Syan Rose and the people at Arsenal Pulp Press did together. Artists and writers dream of being a part of a publishing team like that.
You can download a generous excerpt of the book from the publisher’s webpage.