Issue No. 08 | Identity Checks

Who Are You?

“Black History Month is in the shortest month of the year, and the coldest—just in case we want to have a parade,” said the comedian Chris Rock in 2015. This month, we’re throwing a parade of sorts, with a selection of stories that explore the subject of identity. Anchored by The Loving Generation—a documentary series about mixed-race Americans born just before and after the 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision—our February issue features narratives about the tenuous coming-out of older transwomen, a beautifully-animated video series about a mysterious murder in Australia, and a devastating, Oscar-nominated short profiling the loving marriage of an elderly couple named Edith and Eddie. We believe that the much-maligned concept of “identity politics” is something to take seriously; the personal is, has been, and always will be, political.

COVER ART BY SHANTELL MARTIN

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Shantell Martin: This Is What An Artist Looks Like

The British-born visual powerhouse on what it means to call oneself an artist.

21 Portraits of a Generation

Portraits of the “Loving” generation.

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Edith+Eddie

Nominated for an Academy Award®, this devastating short film tells the story of the country’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Edith and Eddie are deeply in love, but that’s not where the story ends.

God Save the Teens

What does it mean to be a Brit these days? We asked first-generation immigrant teens across the United Kingdom how they felt about their country, and about their identity.

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The Man with a Thousand Faces

A transgender man, a mysterious death, and a crime that would haunt Australia for years.

Northwest Passages

A series of moving portraits of people who have slowly but surely embraced new identities on the female end of the gender spectrum.

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The Suitcase

A story of biblical proportions about an immigrant’s experience of giving and receiving.

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This Is the Place

From a hair salon to a special club for the deaf, this series explores the spaces that bring us together.

‘I Don’t Want It To Be Forgotten That I’m Human’

Illustrated profiles of six women who survived homelessness in New York City.

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Under My Window in Jerusalem

Photographing Jerusalem from a very particular, very personal angle.

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Behind the Cover: Identity Checks

A look at the process of creating artist Shantell Martin’s February issue cover.

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The Forgotten Zine of 1960s Asian-American Radicals

In the late ‘60s, California university campuses were teeming with new ideas. This group of UCLA students put them in a magazine called Gidra.

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The Punk Rock Church That Could Be a Cult

A radical pastor and a very disgruntled flock.

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The Unsurprising Oasis of Chinese Food in Mexico

After Chinese laborers were denied entry to the United States thanks to racist 19th century immigration policy, many settled in Mexicali. Their food followed.

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Notes on Being Very Tall

The plagues and pleasures of an unusual identity.

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Off Topic

The 75-Year (and Counting) Christian Interracial Farm Experiment

Inside the fascinating Koinonia Farm, whose fierce anti-racist past feels even more relevant today.

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