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A Body Politic 

How are you holding up? If you live in the United States, or pay attention to American news, then you know February is Black History Month. We can't support our community, or #Resist, unless we look after our emotional and physical energy. Take care of your body — get sleep, drink water, and stretch out your neck. Pixel Fable is about our past, present, and future. It's especially about our future.

Enjoy art about the politics of the body, in this month's newsletter.

Uploaded Urbanites

A person sips from a straw while machine parts burst forward from their face.
Mother and Daughter of Heaven & Hell
DirtyRobot Works is a project by Daniel Isles, a comic artist and illustrator. Isles' retrofuturist style features colors and textures that mimic a vintage magazine. The characters often have next-gen technology integrated into their bodies or clothing. They're ready to move quickly through a cyberpunk city — probably a Japanese one, since that's where the artist lives.

Days of Damar

The World Digital Library calls the Serat Damar Wulan (in English, the Letter of Damar Wulan) "one of the loveliest Indonesian manuscripts in the British Library". It dates from the late 1700s. The listing describes:
The pictures are rich in humor and the artist had a marvellous eye for facial expressions and bodily postures (for example, a woman sleeping with her arm across her eyes, a sandal just balanced on a foot). Everyday things are depicted in fascinating detail, from birdcages to garden pots and textiles, with wonderful scenes of music and dance of enormous interest to performers today.
The illustrations above come from pages #60 and #61.

Bodily Legacy

A green background. The dark-skinned subject holds a rifle and releases a dove.
A person dressed in white, wearing makeshift safety equipment, and holding a white axe.
South African photographer Mohau Modisakeng's artist statement reads:
Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa.
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