It’s the Christmas reunion special! And how else to possibly celebrate the reason for the season but a long hard look at the Ukranian Russian conflict whose escalation this year has injected so much misery into our lives? That’s right folks, Lucia’s back for one night only, coming out of their well as an update to our earlier episode this year on the art world’s response to a war nobody seems to be able to process with nuance. The reading list today comes from Howard Zinn, the Venice biennale, Soviet war correspondent Vasily Grossman, and maybe a special spectre haunting Europe from a past century. Just like the real Truth Coming Out of Her Well, maybe it’s an episode about photography, maybe it’s about the Dreyfus Affair, maybe it’s about knowing you’re about to pass the veil so you prop yourself up to a portrait of Rembrandt to go out looking at the big guy himself!
This week Art and Labor is joined by Vera Drew, director of The People’s Joker, history’s most anticipated queer-coming-of-age indictment of the contemporary comedy landscape through the lens of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. We yak it up with Vera over the stunning consistency Ben Folds has to the queer experience, the tenderness of her relationship with David Liebe Hart, and the powerful kind of art that can be made when truly focused on being a collaborative venture that centers community. Cannonballing into the fantastical and sentimental, it’s a movie we need and deserve when reactionaries of all types are actively attempting to destroy queer joy. #FreeThePeoplesJoker
Episode 50 – Los Espookys with Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres
We’re joined by the incredible Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres! We talk about the fragile “Jenga tower” brains of art world people, the labyrinth of horror that is our immigration system, and exploitative gig economy bulllshit that inspired their HBO show Los Espookys. It’s a delightful reprieve from a particularly dire news cycle. We forgot to take a picture so Lucia made an interpretive drawing of the interview. Big thank you to everyone for the continued support as we pass the 50 episode milestone! If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor (if you support us on drip, please switch over). Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at email@example.com