Letters offer us not only the room and space of process, but the power to declare, announce, to be heard. Today’s letter, loud in its resistance, comes by way of a digital print.
Christine Mangosing is a Manila-born, Los Angeles + Vancouver-raised and Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist. Her work is deeply informed by her sense of personal and cultural history and the practice of powerful storytelling through imagery and words. She is the founder and creative director of CMANGO Design visual communications studio and art director for national music publication, Exclaim! Magazine. As a founding member of the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts + Culture, she established and oversees the Centre’s visual brand and provides arts-based career mentorship. Christine makes a point of working across disciplines, applying her passion for visual storytelling and user experience to collaborations with other creatives. Also a professional actor and playwright, Christine has co-written and performed in two critically acclaimed ensemble productions, People Power (CBT Collective) and Baggage (Pulang Maleta Collective) and performed in various productions and theatre festivals in both Toronto and Montreal. You can catch her tweeting @cmangodesign
melanin is memory.
is the blue weight of the ocean. sewn into the red dusk of sky. living in the soil of your body.
it is alive.
leaping and sweeping you. against. into the sun.
your skin was the first astronaut. the first in space.
you touch. and talk. are intimate with the sun. everyday. and do not perish.
is the world. before this world.
before the word. slave.
during the word. slave.
after the word. slave.
it is the books. written into yourself.
wild math in the pads of your feet.
soft science in your hair.
language down your back. invention in your mouth.
melanin is why you are still alive after. the torching.
it is a second lung. the next heart. and the next heart. and the next.
a never ending. regenerative. breathing thing.
a ceremony of life. while you are asleep.
a cosmos. in conversation.
melanin is a wisdom that knew.
hate would be the anti-light come to devour. defile.
a wisdom that did not flinch.
a wisdom that is not bothered by such things.
melanin is memory.