This virtual workshop is a part of the KO-MISSION: Event Series curated by HL Doruelo.
This zine making workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about Rebirth Garments and the Radical Visibility Zine. Together, we will celebrate disabled queer joy and build our own zines from scratch.
Saturday, May 27 | 2-4PM
This is a virtual event on Zoom. Zoom link instructions sent with ticket receipt.
Sky Cubacub (They/Them/Xey/Xem/Xyr)
Sky is a nonbinary disabled Filipinx neuroqueer from Chicago, IL. Xey are the creator of Rebirth Garments, an activewear line for trans and queer disabled people of all sizes and ages, which started in summer 2014. Sky is the editor of the Radical Visibility Zine, a full color cut and paste style zine that celebrates disabled queer life, with an emphasis on joy. Named Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Chicagoan of the Year. You can shop and learn more about xyr work at rebirthgarments.com
Curated by HL Doruelo
part of Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Curatorial Residency program
The KO-MISSION event series grounds in the truth that grief is deeply political and aims to understand its nuances and wisdom as we work together to transform harm. Each of the featured artists explore their relationship to grief, healing, care work, and their experiences as Filipinx/a/o people in diaspora rooted in Chicago. While we experience individual grief in uniquely felt ways, we recognize that we share grief that is both generational and systemic. We see grief work not only as a strategy of survival, but as a necessary part of our movements for collective liberation. KO-MISSION responds to our need for communal space to move through individual and collective grief. We invite you to join us as we dream of a kinder world and struggle towards genuine solidarity, together. Maraming salamat to the artists and AFIRE Chicago for collaborating with me and to Links HALL’s CO-MISSION Curator-in-Residence Program for supporting our vision. With love, HL Doruelo
KO-MISSION Events schedule:
Friday, May 5 | 7-9:30PM – Performances at Links Hall
Shaping Grief: Letters To My Lola by Christian Aldana
Musings from Pisces Urges by Czaerra Galicinao Ucol
The Phantom Is Present by Ashley Dequilla
Saturday, May 6 | 7-9PM – Performances at Links Hall
Re-Member Carefully by Crystle Diño
Sacred Skin: Synthesis by Kiam Marcelo Junio
Saturday, May 27 | 2-4PM – Community Workshop on Zoom
Zine-Making with Sky Cubacub & Rebirth Garments
Virtual on Zoom (zoom link with RSVP)
Sunday, May 28 | 2-5PM – Community Workshops at Horner Park
Creative Mythmaking with Kiam Marcelo Junio
Freedom Movement Alignment with Crystle Diño
Merienda and Tsika-tsika (Snacks & Chat with Community)
Horner Park, 2741 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
HL Doruelo (they/them/siya)
is a Filipinx organizer, scholar, artist and curator whose work is deeply invested in intergenerational kinship and queer practices of care. Gathering community through food, story, and intentional movement, their cultural work and interdisciplinary research seeks to cultivate meaningful reflection and relation. They expose asymmetries in the migrant care labor industry and use storytelling as a method for mutual witnessing, collectivizing care, processing grief, protesting, and transforming harm. They previously facilitated political education and arts-driven workshops as a youth & immigrant rights organizer with AFIRE Chicago (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment). An NYU Sulo Philippine Research fellow, HL holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis, Psychology, and French from Pomona College.
Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) Chicago
AFIRE Chicago is a grassroots community organization that works to build the capacity of Filipinx/a/os* to organize towards progressive change. As an organization founded by Filipino immigrants, we carry with us the legacy of People Power. We believe in supporting the leadership of people most affected by structural injustice and make space for them at the forefront of our movements. We seek to amplify the voices of those most silenced in our community: undocumented families, new immigrants and refugees, domestic workers, low-wage workers, seniors, and youth.
*We use Filipinx/a/o as shorthand for Filipinx/Filipina/Filipino to honor all gender identities.
Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Curatorial Residency program supports independent, Chicago dance curators, producers, and social practice artists in presenting new and existing performance by their communities, for their communities. In collaboration with Links Hall and a local organization in their own Chicago neighborhoods, the 2022-2023 resident curators will invite artists from their communities to present new or existing performance work at both Links Hall and a neighborhood location. Projects include engaging community events outside of the formal theater environment. Residency awards include artist fees for curators and participating artists; direct funding for neighborhood-based partner organizations; and administrative support, rehearsal space, marketing, and technical production services.