In this seventh episode of Season 2, Kyla-Rose speaks with artist Anna RG, about her navigation of chronic illness, since contracting COVID in the early days of the pandemic.
With a practice previously grounded in Appalachian folk music, she is a fiddler, banjo player, filmmaker, archivist, visual artist and researcher — a storyteller in many forms. This conversation centers around Anna’s new world and practice, in sickness; and the two discuss the impacts of illness on her ideas of the possibilities of music, engagement with disability justice, and imagining ways that sick and disabled musicians could be better supported, connected, and uplifted.
Produced and Edited by Kyla-Rose Smith and Anna RG
Mixed by Zubin Hensler
Executive Producers: Elena Moon Park, and Kyla-Rose Smith
Featuring: Anna RG & Sick Center actors Weston Olenecki, Lucia Reissig, Lauren Tosswill, Holly MacDonald, Leticia Ayala, Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm, Nyokabi Kariuki, Daniel Neumann
A full playlist of songs found in this episode can be found on the Found Sound Nation Youtube
Texts & artists mentioned during this episode:
CARE WORK by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence by Mia Mingus
Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag