KRASS Journal 03 “Miss God Forgives You”
Featuring Abdul Abdullah, Ben McGee, Helen Razer, Ishmael Butler, James Hartley, Julian Klincewicz, Maryam Namazie, Moonasi, Phoebe Collings-James, Raquel Nave, Sanam Sindhi, Saul Williams, Senator Scott Ludlam, Siri Hustvedt, Stanislava Pinchuk (Miso).
KRASS is an intellectually engaged publication; bold in content, targeted in scope and elegant in design. Artists, academics and activists come together in our pages. We converse with photographers, politicians and provocateurs – in the past, this has included the likes of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Etel Adnan and Audrey Wollen.
We exhibit the strange, the subversive and the avant-garde, for those with a taste for these things. KRASS is for the defiant and the curious. Our latest release is divided into two parts; on hunger, and love - the two driving forces of our lives. We ask our participants what compels them and what nourishes them. As always, the long-form interview critical to our practice; Journal 03 features leading interviews with Siri Hustevdt, Saul Williams, Senator Scott Ludlam, Stanislava Pinchuk (Miso) and Maryam Namazie.
This is a period of great growth for KRASS. With premium international stockists (by way of example, the Museum of Contemporary Art LA, Family Books LA, McNally Jackson NY and Mag Nation Australia-wide) KRASS’ international presence is growing. Our merchandise collaboration with Jungles Jungles is stocked by Dover St London & New York, and available for purchase online. KRASS was nominated for a Stack Magazine award last month – in the company of such magazines as Gentlewoman (London), The Gourmand (London), Printed Pages (London) Parterre De Rois (Milan); the only Australian magazine in Cover of the Year selection. We expect that this issue will surpass our past projections. With a custom font by Frame Creative, and a striking new design, we believe that this is our strongest release yet.
142 pages / printed in Australia on recycled and biodegradable stock
Excerpts: Saul Williams, musician:
We’re all fucking losers if we don’t identify with the patriarchal hold over society. We should think of ways to alleviate poverty rather than just escape it.
Doesn't reading and writing involve traveling into other people, participating deeply in their inner lives, and doesn't this knowledge of others, both male and female expand consciousness? The variety is immense. It seems we are all plural, all feminine and masculine, and every time one generalises about either sex, along come countless examples that debunk whatever truism is being trumpeted.
People left behind by the trickle-up economy are offered Syrian refugees as convenient targets of their discontent. It is an old bait-and-switch trick that is probably as old as politics itself: if you’re focusing your grievances on people even less fortunate than yourself, it is much less likely you’ll end up on the barricades going up against the 1%
I’m not interested in any aesthetics of war or military might or political agenda. What I feel like I can talk about is the personal feeling of experiencing that as a kind of powerless civilian not knowing what ground you’re standing on, feeling really powerless and at odds with these greater forces around you. In that way, it’s the protest that I feel like I’m qualified to make.
Ishmael Butler, musician:
There’s been a turn toward ephemeral, superficial, non-essential things in areas where we’ve been programmed to think that those are the core values of these expressions. You have to observe and participate in as much as you can, but at the same time there’s a lot of things you have to attempt to divest yourself from if they don’t feed the humanity inside of you.
Maryam Namazie, activist:
We suffer from historical amnesia even when it’s very recent history. Entire societies can change so quickly that one forgets how it was only decades earlier. We forget that a lot of the impositions today were imposed by brute force.