Issue – 11

Edited by Claudia La Rocco + Gordon Faylor

We the People

Our notions of community and identity shape and are shaped by local, national, and international sociopolitical contexts. The borders that frustrate and form us are alternately rigid and porous, tangible and unspoken; it can take generations to understand the ways in which cultures are fractured by (and reassemble around) them. For this issue, we turn to individuals, collectives, and organizations situated at various points along the Pacific Rim (a construct that's both an actual geographic area and a human conceit), so as to explore the inherent and metaphorical instability of places that rest on fault lines and partitions. Some instances are co-commissions; one small way of reaching across these often arbitrary boundaries.