PLASMA'S FIRST EVER PRINT ISSUE
photo from "A Nice Night for Nangs" by Brad Golding in Participation Mystique
After nine issues online, you can finally have Plasma in print! Inside you’ll find work that glows with personal moments - soft photographs of love with lollipops and bagels; an intricate painting of a bathhouse that digs into being an asian femme in a world that idolizes whiteness; self portrait collages in a motel room about making a home in yourself; an essay on longing, mental health and Kill Bill; a diary entry on film and the experience of watching the film Carol - and these are just to name a few.
What we search for in art is a feeling of challenge and understanding. To feel a powerful reaction to art, feel a community develop from it, feel both known and introduced to new things.
Read some of the issue below, but for the most authentic experience of this theme, Participation Mystique, get the physical copy. We want you, to feel like it is yours. To rub your fingers all over it and gobble it up, put it in pockets and watch your friends flip through it as they walk into your room. To put it on a table with your candles and old gum wrappers, your cut flowers and your cell phone. To cut out pages and stick them on your wall, dog-ear the pages on your favourite parts. Get your blood + guts all over it, your spit, your snacks. The same way that Participation Mystique is about becoming absorbed, we want you to live with it and for it to exist physically with you, tangibly, in that same way. At the same time that this publication is filled with contents dealing with the concept of Participation Mystique, we hope you get to experience that phenomena of absorption through reading it.
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