aPOCalypse NOW

"Science fiction isn’t just thinking about the world out there. It’s also thinking about how that world might be - a particularly important exercise for those who are oppressed, because if they’re going to change the world we live in, they - and all of us - have to be able to think about a world that works differently.”                 
                                                                                                                                                                     - Samuel R. Delany

aPOCalypse NOW is a tribute to the visionaries, community organizers, and artists who are imagining and working towards better worlds every single day. This deck of trading cards reimagines our shared future through stories and visions of racialized people living in post-apocalyptic worlds.

Our current world order has roots in cataclysmic events like colonization, cultural erasure, and genocide; too many of today's racialized communities have already survived an apocalypse. Yet classic western science fiction presents a future where racialized communities are tokenized, exoticized or absent. Based on the tradition of science fiction trading cards, aPOCalypse NOW is a collection images and stories that centre racialized people and our depictions of our shared future.

Images for the aPOCalypse NOW deck were developed through a workshop series called The Future is Ours. Over a 6-week period, The Future is Ours created a community learning space at Calgary’s Central Library for Black, Indigenous, & Person of Colour visionaries to critically explore ideas of progress and our visions of the future. The Future is Ours brought us together to collectively find inspiration, build new connections, and celebrate the many pathways that are leading us to new worlds. Through the workshop series, collaborators created their own stories of the post-apocalyptic world and their place in it; these stories are the foundation for the characters and images in the aPOCalypse NOW trading deck.

Project Collaborators: Anita Wong, Anjana Banerjee, Cheldon Paterson, Ida Louis, Kym Nacita, Nikki Anene, Sabrina Afroz, Sambuddha Banerjee, Shirina Qureshi, and Tirzah Rivas.

Project Facilitator & Contact Person: Skye Louis -  skyelouis[at]gmail.com