EDITOR’S NOTE

Identity can be a curious organism.

It is often shaped and molded by the perception of others. They classify and categorize, finding banal superlatives to define our personalities. These prescribed conditions manifest into our character and well-being, slowly eroding our wonder for the world. We thus become a product of their intentions rather than a producer of our own.

Consumed by the daily rigmarole, seemingly few of us have the opportunity or will to explore our inner mechanics. We find ourselves consumed by a cultural environment intent on stripping us of our humanity. Ubikwist implores its readers to recognize this degradation of the self and distinguish their true position within this societal context. We restore vitality by recognizing that we are not static but ever-evolving, growing with each new circumstance and challenge.

We refuse to be a type, class, or category. Introspection should not be a lifestyle afforded only to the privileged but accessible and attainable for all. It is imperative that we define the terms of how we are represented in this world.

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This is not a denial of any social set that we have an affinity to but rather a reaffirmation of how we function within that group. Characterizing our own attributes gives us authority over how we can contribute to the greater good. Thus go forth and identify yourself.

I would personally like to thank all who were involved in this issue. No rewards were explicitly promised to each contributor, other than the satisfaction of having a platform to exhibit one’s craft and share it with others. It is this unconditional vision that binds us together. Enjoy your voyage onto an abundance of talent.

Giannie Couji

Editor-in-Chief

MUSIC

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“Our music is very personal. It talks about death, loss, ghosts” Ibeyi

Ibeyi

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DRENA DE NIRO

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Text by Mutale Kanyanta Photograph by Patrick Ibanez Styling by Giannie Couji

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DANCE

MY BODY PARTNER

Valencia James

Text by ZOLTAN+ Portrait by Peter Hencz Photographs by Attila Glazer

VALENCIA JAMES

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6-Ayiti KriyèJerome Soimaud, Ayiti Kriyè

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Boscar Project, Giuliana
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BEAUTY

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Iñaki 2

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CULTURE

Delphine Diallo

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