The grisly murders of 15 Iko’ots activists in July 2020 created a wave of backlash that pitted community leaders against one another and threatens to undermine communal governance structures among one of Mexico’s most unintegrated Indigenous groups.
Near a small village on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the brother of celebrated muxe performance artist Lukas Avendaño vanished one afternoon, leading him on a two year journey in search of his brother or his remains.
A Zapotec activist from Juchitán, Oaxaca is organizing an indigenous resistance movement to combat violent land appropriation for wind farms and extractive development projects while facing threats to his life.
Victor Terán has long used poetry to preserve Zapotec language, but as wind farms envelop his hometown of Juchitán, his words have become weapons of resistance to post-colonial development that threatens the future of Zapotec culture.
Rafael Mayoral recalls spending the idylls of his youth in Salina Cruz and the three development projects that ultimately devastated the gritty port city and left fallow farmlands, water shortages, and urban poverty in their wake.
Oaxaca’s renowned street art is rooted in the political upheaval and months-long protests that enveloped the city in the summer 2006 and cemented a legacy of subversive, underground public art that continues to thrive today.
When the Assad regime in Syria targeted the city of Daraya for its resistance actions, the buildings they bombed held many books. Locals rescued the books from the rubble and made a secret underground public library.
In this addendum to the 14th piece in the Polity of Literature series the British film-maker Chloe Ruthven recalls her work helping teenage Afghani refugees make and circulate their own zine, Plaza Girls.