En Mi Piel: Colorism & Latinidad
Our collective was not created from a calling of latinidad, but to the depths it has yet to explore. That’s why in the beginning stages of this project we decided to point beyond the obvious —that colorism is inextricable from latinidad— and instead curate artists that are living, creating, and thriving within their cultural identities and their physical darkness. Receiving support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) to bring forth an issue to elevate the voices and visions of those that colorism works against, we took onto our biggest project to date, En Mi Piel.
Every single contributor was paid for their participation in En Mi Piel. Some may perceive it as antithetical to zine culture but we felt profound satisfaction in spending that money forward. After all, we were honoring one of the principles that our collective was also born out of; a duty to financially compensate thinkers, artists, and otherwise cultural workers that are broadening our imaginations of latinidad. We earnestly encourage you to share your feedback with us. There is a survey (a set of prompts, really) that you can find in the last pages, and a postcard where you can write us your responses.
En Mi Piel stands as a message to both outsiders and insiders alike: decentering folks who are darker than us is a disservice to our collective spirit, growth, and healing. We are perpetuating these systems of oppression over ourselves and each other by not recognizing, hearing, and denouncing the concepts in our communities that look down on those who are darker, whose features are not Anglo, whose hair is not silky or straight, or whose history is not European. No longer are we making them an afterthought. We are giving them the most importance, on purpose.
We present you with what it means to live En Mi Piel.
- Ana, Mari, Fefi, y Mia