From Art Director and Editor,
SALIMA — embarrassingly named after yours truly, with imposter syndrome in full force — is the newest project to come out of the WCCW, where we value the process over the product. The idea for SALIMA was sparked in early 2020, after California went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this time, we longed to find more ways to stay connected to each other as 2020 got stranger and stranger, and as algorithmic racial biases continued to proliferate and silence the most essential voices across digital spaces. We wanted to keep in touch with the folks we knew and loved pre-COVID, and yearned to bridge the gap between folks that had never been to WCCW before.
As I battled monthly identity crises and grappled with isolation, I wondered, why do people care about Black people NOW? Seemingly all of a sudden. I didn’t understand why people were acting as if anti-Blackness was a product of the past 4 years, and not the backbone of this country. As I questioned all my relationships and interactions on and off line, I found myself heartbroken and disappointed yet again with nowhere to turn but art.
We extend the pages of SALIMA as a platform for our Los Angeles community and beyond. Let us together rebuild and ask the questions that need answering. Let us celebrate our triumphs and dismantle the systems that have been around for far too long. An empowering space that is deeply invested in folks silenced by white supremacist cis-heteronormative patriarchy, SALIMA aims to archive, liberate, platform, and question.
In our very first issues, we were able to pay all of our contributors, team members, and artists fairly; highlight a selection of amazing BIPOC folks working in a variety of fields; collaborate and share with folks outside of our immediate community in LA; and begin important dialogues surrounding community care, food justice, and emergence. We made this magazine for the wide range of people who are ideating a better future for us all.
About the Women’s
Center For Creative Work
The Women’s Center for Creative Work is an intersectional feminist arts organization that produces and platforms the work of BIPOC, queer and trans, low-income, and disabled women and nonbinary artists; creates transformative media through a feminist lens; redistributes resources; develops anti-oppressive alternatives to traditional business and nonprofit ways of working; and offers opportunities for the holistic building and support of creative community in person and online. Become a member to support SALIMA MAGAZINE or learn more about other WCCW programs and projects.