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Sixty + Candor Arts: Something to look forward to

This image comprises of 4 printed zines. The titles showing are "The Art of DJing," Ireashia Bennett: A Testimonial on Tenderness," and "The Blackivists"

Sixty Inches From Center and Candor Arts have teamed up to bring you a new zine subscription to get you through the winter!

Something to look forward to is a subscription of six thematic printed issues compiling essays, interviews, and articles Sixty has published over the years, selected by our editors.

Each of the six issues is printed in 300 total copies, sold at sliding scale cost tiers (60 copies available at each varying price point).

One subscription includes all six issues, mailed to you sequentially over the course of the Chicago Winter (January—April). Orders can be placed from anywhere in the US, unfortunately this item is not available for international shipping.

Every subscription purchased is in direct and equally-shared support for the work of Sixty Inches From Center and Candor Arts.


Image: Issue one of Something to look forward to. The title on this zine says “Ireashia M. Bennett, a testimony on tenderness”. Image courtesy of Candor Arts.

Issue One: Ireashia M. Bennett, a testimony on tenderness

Through an interview with Tempestt Hazel, this issue highlights the work and voice of Ireashia M. Bennett, a Chicago-based photographer, teaching artist, and filmmaker with considerable experience in managing multimedia production, artistic direction, visual storytelling, and journalism.

Image: Issue two of Something to look forward to. The title says “The Art o DJing”. Image courtesy of Candor Arts.

Issue two: The Art of DJing

The Art of DJing, featuring Morenxxx, Ariel Zetina, and Miss Twink USA, written by Sasha Tycko, photographs by Ryan Edmund Thiel.

“With DJs Ariel Zetina, Miss Twink USA (Del Hale) and Morenxxx (Jesús Hilario Reyes), I asked about what drew them to DJing, the decisions that factor in selecting and sequencing tracks, their research process. Those questions turned into conversations about memory, pop culture, narrative form, sonic dominance, queer life, diaspora, history, and ritual.” — Sasha Tycko

Image: Issue three of Something to look forward to. The title on the left says “The Blackivists is a Chicag-based collective of trained Black archivists who prioritize Black cultural heritage preservation and memory work.” The title of the zine on the right is “Artists + Archivists for Liberation”. Image courtesy of Candor Arts.

Issue three: The Blackivists & Artists + Archivists for Liberation. This issue is a double feature.

Artists + Archivists for Liberation compiles articles selected by Sixty’s editorial team. This issue features The Blackivists—a Chicago-based collective of trained Black archivists who prioritize Black cultural heritage preservation and memory work.

Articles by Jordan Sarti feature the work of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project with Damon Locks and Sarah Ross as well as the 2018 national prison strike and the ‘Day of Solidarity’ hosted in support by Co-Prosperity Sphere.

This issue also features Michael Fischer’s interview with Eric Blackmon as part of his interview series ‘Smiling Behind the Sun’—through conversations with formerly-incarcerated artists and their allies, this series celebrates the ways in which an artistic, creative life can transmute the impact and redefine the legacy of an experience within the Prison Industrial Complex.

Photographs featured in this issue are by Sebastian Hidalgo.

Image: Issue four of Something to look forward to. The cover displays a photo containing a mural that says “One Lawndale”. Image courtesy of Candor Arts.

Issue four: Sixty en Español, Português, y Inglés

Sixty en Español, Português, y Inglés is a selection of writings chosen by Sixty’s editorial team from works published in recent years.

This issue features “El Nido Suroeste: Una entrevista con Gloria ‘Gloe’ Talamantes,” written by Angelica Flores. This two-part interview started in August 2019 and continued into 2020 as a way to learn how Talamantes’ thinking and practice was shifting in the early months of the pandemic and uprisings.

Artist Kristina Felix Ibarra offers some reflections on summers in Mexico, the colonial history of corn, and Mayan creation stories in the essay “Recipes for a post-colonial kitchen: maize / Recetas para una cocina poscolonial: el maíz,” translated in collaboration with Ibarra’s mother and originally published in November 2019.

For the series Perto de Lá < > Close to There, artists Inaê Moreira and Alexandria Eregbu are joined in conversation through the translations of artist-editor Marina Resende Santos. They discuss artistic practice, movement, language, and heritage between Salvador, Brazil and Chicago, Illinois. Moreira and Eregubi were both part of an artist exchange program organized by Comfort Station (Chicago), Projeto Ativa (Salvador), and Harmonipan (Mexico City) between 2019 and 2020.

This issue features work and images by Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes, Kristina Felix Ibarra, and Marina Resende Santos.

Sixty em Español, Português e Inglês é uma coleção de artigos selecionados pela equipe editorial de Sixty a partir de publicações dos anos recentes.

Incluído nessa seleção está o artigo “El Nido Suroeste: Una entrevista con Gloria ‘Gloe’ Talamantes,” escrito porAngelica Flores. A entrevista em duas partes começou entre agosto de 2019 e se estendeu em 2020 como uma maneira de testemunhar a transformação no pensar e na prática de Talamantes nos primeiros meses de pandemia e protestos nos Estados Unidos.

Também nesta edição, a artista Kristina Felix Ibarra reflete sobre o verão no México, a história colonial do milho, e mitos de criação dos maias no ensaio “Recipes for a post-colonial kitchen: maize / Recetas para una cocina poscolonial: el maíz,” traduzido colaborativamente por Ibarra e sua mãe e originalmente publicado em 2019.

Como parte da série Perto de Lá <> Close to There, as artistas Inaê Moreira e Alexandria Eregbu tiveram uma conversa através das traduções da artista e editora Marina Resende Santos. Elas discutem prática artística, movimento, linguagem e herança entre Salvador, Brasil, e Chicago, Illinois. Moreira e Eregbu participaram de um programa de intercâmbio entre artistas organizado por Comfort Station (Chicago), Projeto Ativa (Salvador), e Harmonipan (Cidade do México) entre 2019 e 2020.

Esta edição conta com palavras e imagens de autoria de Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes, Kristina Felix Ibarra, e Marina Resende Santos.

Sixty en Español, Português, e Inglés es una selección de textos seleccionados por el equipo editorial de Sixty a partir de trabajos publicados en los últimos años.

Este número presenta “El Nido Suroeste: Una entrevista con Gloria ‘Gloe’ Talamantes”, escrito por Angélica Flores. Esta entrevista hecha en dos partes comenzó en agosto de 2019 y continuó en 2020 como una forma de aprendizaje sobre cómo el pensamiento y la práctica de Talamantes estaban cambiando en los primeros meses de la pandemia y los levantamientos.

La artista Kristina Felix Ibarra ofrece algunas reflexiones sobre los veranos en México, la historia colonial del maíz y las historias de creación maya en el ensayo “Recetas para una cocina poscolonial: choclo / Recetas para una cocina poscolonial: el maíz”, traducido en colaboración con la madre de Ibarra y publicado originalmente en noviembre de 2019.

Para la serie Perto de Lá <> Close to There, los artistas Inaê Moreira y Alexandria Eregbu conversan mediante las traducciones de la artista-editora Marina Resende Santos. Discuten la práctica artística, el movimiento, el lenguaje y la herencia entre Salvador, Brasil y Chicago, Illinois. Moreira y Eregubi formaron parte de un programa de intercambio de artistas organizado por Comfort Station (Chicago), Projeto Ativa (Salvador) y Harmonipan (Ciudad de México) entre 2019 y 2020.

Este número presenta trabajos e imágenes de Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes, Kristina Felix Ibarra y Marina Resende Santos.

Image: Issue five of Something to look forward to. The cover displays bold text that states “Sixty Midwest.” Image courtesy of Candor Arts.

Issue five: Sixty Midwest

Sixty recognizes the important and beautiful work happening regionally and coming out of cities other than Chicago. Therefore, in an effort to tell a wider story of artists in our region, we started Sixty Regional, which expanded our coverage across the Midwest in 2016, starting with other cities in Illinois. In each sister city, we have dedicated correspondents who live, know, and are a part of the culture of that city. Thanks to early support from Illinois Humanities, we expanded these partnerships beyond writing through residencies, cross-state discussions, a symposium, and exchanges. Since then, we’ve expanded our coverage further into the Midwest and are uplifting more events, writers, and artists in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. As we expand our work, we always remember that the vast majority of us are guests on the unceded homelands of hundreds of tribes and nations. Our work is only possible because of them and the people who have cared and continue to care for these lands, as well as the First Nation cultures that originated and survived on these grounds. Our work wouldn’t exist if not for those who have dedicated and given their lives to protect and preserve the origin stores of this region.

The following articles are just a few examples in a long list of existing writings and future writings on our region, the complicated area some refer to as the Midwest.

In this issue, we highlight work by Nadia Stiegman (written by Alexander Martin), Rachel Youn (written by Jack Radley), and Liza Sylvestre (written by Anthony Hamilton), featuring photography by Nadia Stiegman, Krista Valdez, and Liza Sylvestre.

Image: A folded up package with two stickers on it, both in a bright pink and orange gradient. The first sticker says “Issue Six” and the second sticker says “Something to look forward to.”
Image: An unfolded poster with an illustration of brightly colored flowers. In the middle of the poster rests a stack of postcards with images on them.

Issue six: Postcards from our image-makers

In the final piece for Something to look forward to, we’re leaving you with a series of postcards featuring the work of image-makers Sixty has been fortunate enough to work with over the past few years. By closing the series with postcards, we hope you will gift someone else in your life a little something to look forward to by writing a love note or making an image of your own and dropping it in the mail.

Issue six features the work of Ally Almore, Ireashia M. Bennett, Mark Blanchard, William Camargo, Sebastián Hidalgo, Joshua Clay Johnson, Kaleem Jones, Sarah Joyce, Kristie Kahns, Kiki Lechuga-Dupont, Eric K. Roberts, Chelsea Ross, Greg Ruffing, Hannah Siegfried, Teshika Silver, Tony Smith, Michael Sullivan, Ryan Edmund Thiel, and Edvetté Wilson Jones.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our friends at Candor Arts, who are covering the cost of print production and distribution for this project as an in-kind donation to Sixty.

Candor Arts has published over 50 contributing authors, provided over $500,000 in production cost funds, and paid over $200,000 in cash payment to authors. Support Candor Arts and learn more about what they do.

Featured image: A photo of four small zines, partially overlapping, against a black background. Courtesy of Candor Arts.