by Allison Masangkay
The piece above is a collage featuring imagery that alludes to my experience of Filipinx American diaspora—including a sari sari store, rice terraces, lavender plants, and the quote: “our memories are a threat / our memories have a breath” from the song “Threat” by Empress Of.
Allison Masangkay (DJ Phenohype) is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme artist, scholar, and social justice advocate. Her work is influenced by and dedicated to her childhood in northern New Jersey, survival in Sequim, Washington, ancestral memory, and diaspora feels. In 2018, Allison co-founded Kapatid Kollective (@kapatid.kollective) alongside four other rad Filipinx femmes to organize arts & culture-based events during Filipino American History Month. KK facilitates spaces so that our communities can better imagine and collectively develop the many ways in which Filipinxs can heal ourselves, undo interconnected systemic oppressions, and thrive. // allisonmasangkay.com