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‘Are You Just a Plaything of Nature?’ Amina Ross on the Politics of Beauty

An excerpt from the ECHOING IDA collection

A self-proclaimed “undisciplined” artist, Amina Ross’ generous making practice includes curating a vibrant workshop series called Beauty Breaks — a series that saved me from isolation as a friendless transplant bumbling around Chicago only a year before. The irregularly scheduled workshop, hosted in F4F’s attic and performance space, brought together an earnest and dynamic group of young Black queerdos intent on building community in a…

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Kemi Alabi

Kemi Alabi

Chicago-based poet and cultural strategist. Coeditor of The Echoing Ida Collection (Feminist Press, 2021). Abolition is the only justice. More at kemialabi.com.

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