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Introduction to Complicity: Part 1

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Complicity begins as a crackle in the consciousness—a determinant of where our ethical and moral stance aligns. But what does complicity mean within the gradients of civic life? Conventionally, complicit behaviour is associated with unlawfulness or wrong-doing. Through this issue, we reinterpret complicity through multiple currents: there is self-accountability versus silence as survival; an action taken or denied; a hoarding of power and the divestment from it. Being complicit can also mean showing solidarity—to be an accomplice of a shared knowledge or movement. When we co-conspire, we intertwine our minds to collectively act, resist or transform.

Issue 33: COMPLICITY is a two-part edition that explores the collusions that enshrine our relationships with institutions, communities, strangers, and each other. Part One welcomes contributions from Sara M Saleh (Bidjigal/NSW), Leah Jing McIntosh with Rosabel Tan (Naarm/Vic/Tāmaki Makaurau/NZ), and Michael Sun (Gadigal/NSW). Part Two continues in January 2024.

Be in cahoots with us.

- Mariam Ella Arcilla