C&: How did your respective collectives come into being?
Ganesha (Cura Club): Cura Club emerged during a queer-led indigenous ceremony in 2017. Young indigenous people, many of them with roots in the global South, had come together and were desperately seeking a space for shared prayer, altar cultivation, and ancestral medicine. A generation mostly devoid of direct connection to ancestral wisdom, we sought to erase that decades-old dynamic of colonial assimilation by forging lifelong connections to the indigenous elders of Mexico as new initiates of the healing art and healthcare system of Curanderismo.
Saira Barbaric (Playthey/ ScumTrust): Both collectives I’ve imagined and co-founded were formed out of my desire to create spaces for artists and workers who’ve been marginalized by the state. I needed a space to feel held and to grow in my understanding of art, sex, and organizing. Playthey is creating access-centered nightlife, working on sustainable structures that focus on disabled and trans artists. The ultimate goal being to create a global network that enables touring, collaboration, and growth for the directors and members. Scumtrust is creating BIPoC and trans centered porn, ritual, storytelling, and sex-positive events. Because sexuality and sensual exploration have societal barriers for queer and trans people, Black and indigenous folk and disabled people.