Editorial 31: Salvage

Welcome to #31: this is the SALVAGE issue.

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Salvage, as in:

• the act of saving
• something extracted from rubbish and made valuable 
• to remove from harm’s way

Salvage begins our 6th year as an independent Canadian-focused journal of queer arts and feminist politics. In this issue:

Katie Jung has been working on various interconnected art projects that involve, among other things, collaborations with family and friends, and underwear. In an interview with NMP regular, Momoko Allard, Jung talks about how these projects emerged, and how they relate to the different communities-queer and Mormon-in her life.

In December we lost  José Estaban Muñoz. José was a brilliant author, academic, and a professor of performance studies at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. We repost, in this issue of NMP, a beautiful obituary and a poem written for José by two other members of the queer word art group, The Bully BloggersJack Halberstam and Tavia Nyong’o.

NMP regular, Karen Herland, speaks with London-based Zoe Mavroudi, an award-winning Greek actress, screenwriter, playwright and director. In the spring of 2012, the Greek government sacrificed dozens of HIV+ women, scapegoating them as threats to public health and safety. In Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt, Mavroudi salvages those women from the media circus manufactured by the government as a distraction to the ongoing financial crisis. Herland and  Mavroudi discuss the film and its context over several days in Montreal in the fall of 2013.

Canadian artist and cultural worker, Anthea Black interviews Brooklyn-based photographer Leah DeVun. They discuss the role of craft and hand-making that unite wet process photography, land dykes and their architectures in DeVun’s exhibition Our Hands on Each Other, where she explores as an ongoing theme, the legacies of feminism.

In a piece that explores sexual and romantic encounters, Kyle Bella challenges conventional understandings of desire, friendship, and the notion that the more liberatory presence and possibility of San Francisco is now at an end.

Our next theme is PERFORM, out March 1, 2014.

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As always, huge thank-you to our copy editor, Tamara Shepherd; to NMP regulars: Momoko Allard, Karen Herland, and Andrea Zeffiro; to all the contributors past and future; and to you, the readers and supporters of the project in so many ways.

Happy New Year,

Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee