A NEW YEAR
For many cultures that attend to the lunar calendar, January 2020 marks not only the end of the Year of the Pig, but also the beginning of a new 12-year zodiac cycle. FORTUNE, a monthly small-run submission-based publication by and for queer Asian publics, will celebrate the end of its year-long run with forms as urgently iterative as they are new for us: a double-issue released by way of a festival, featuring performances by queer Asian artists.
WHAT'S ON STAGE
This project, one in a series of gatherings that mark each issue’s release, will be of a scope larger than we’ve been able to produce. Though we make our practice tangible in print, our gatherings do the work of filling in the blanks, of giving life to shared references, of building real kinship amongst our network. This performance festival will feature modes of creative expression that extend beyond expectation of common language. We imagine a distinct and generative space for queer Asian-American folk outside the bounds of text, one rooted in the Asian diasporic cultural traditions of performance, material craft, music, and food.
Clay Kitchen Studio
FORTUNE is pressed for time in many ways. We gave ourselves a year, and held ourselves to consistency because queer API content should be regular and devoted. We also adhere to a lunar chronology to disengage from Western heliocentric time. In aligning ourselves with the cycles of the moon, we refer both to a common pan-Asian tradition and infer our more marginalized interests: queer, introspective, embodied, femme—perhaps one can say ‘yin.’ You, too, have stayed consistent, with us. Thank you for continuing to show up—in print, in spirit, irl— again and again. Come out once more and celebrate...
IT'S A PARTY :)
It feels important, as we produce an event featuring work by a community collected sparingly in performance and print — that we document its production, too. So, our final double-issue will belabor the processing of this performance festival, an archiveable document of live event.
This is a POC-centered event. FORTUNE aligns itself against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism; and want to hold ourselves accountable to our community and other intersectional communities of color — we ask that you respect the same at this event.
At the door: $5-10 sliding scale, free for POC. All funds collected will go toward supporting event costs.
Inside: There is a ramp into the building, which is wheelchair accessible. Some seating will be available. There is one bathroom at ground floor level at the far left of the stage and two bathrooms downstairs in the basement. All are gender neutral.
FORTUNE is a Philadelphia-based publication project, assembled by and for queer Asian publics, in the Year of the Pig 2019. Each of 12 monthly issues combines letterpress and risograph printing, features multiple contributors, and is released through community gathering.