ha mer ika - institutional interruptions - book

On April 10th, 2019, my book order was cancelled by a Minnesota based printing company, called Smart Press (950 Lake Drive Chanhassen, MN 55317). The 100 books were cancelled due to a  “violation of their terms and conditions” — not mentioned on their website or contract that was provided during price negotiations. A proof was supposed to be sent to me at 10:30am the next day April 11, which was cancelled without notification. I discovered this by checking the tracking # of the FedEx order which stated “cancelled by the sender” - but not notified by the company representatives. In further discussion with Smart Press the designer of the book, Monica Greenwald based in San Francisco, was told that the book had been cancelled based on “lewd content and/or pornography”. Upon the cancellation of the order, the email stated “Order cancelled per content committee”. 

The content of my book includes prose, poetry and photography. The book titled, ha mer ika, Institutional Interruptions, was written across my two year MFA program at CalArts, and is a meditation on gender, queer identity, sexuality, immigration, race, nationhood and citizenship, (de)colonialism, and especially, family relation and dysfunction. The photography in the book is documentation of my performances in the last two years, and medium format photographs, not pornography but artistic expressions and manifestations of my ideas. I needed the book to be ready for my thesis exhibition on April 22-27, 2019. 

We will not be silenced, censored, and oppressed anymore. Support queer, immigrant, and poc people.       

Please pre-order the book to make it printing/publishing happen and have your own copy!
Send me your address (silvinaci (at) alum.calarts.edu). 

Silvi Naçi

MFA candidate in Photography and Media, 
California Institute of the Arts

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