neta bomani is a worker who engages in social practices like oral history and direct action through organizing and making archives, writings, prints, zines, computational objects and workshops. neta's work has materialized as an educator of pioneer works after school programs, an organizer of the school for poetic computation, a member of stephanie dinkins studio and a participator in grassroots organizing against prisons and borders in new york city and beyond.


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No Sleep No Breaks

Over the course of six months, I made a zine about gentrification in East Austin and No Sleep No Breaks (NSNB), a film directed by Fum Fum Ko. Alongside original design, photography and illustrations, the zine includes interviews with Ko along with artists Te’aunna Moore (aka Blakchyl) and Darrion Borders (aka Chiclopz), who star in the film. Both the interview and essay that follows explores what it means to continue the struggle for Black liberation through contemporary film within the context of environmental racism and displacement in Austin, Texas and beyond.

An animated gif of NSNB featuring a person holding the book as it animates from page to page.

An animated gif of NSNB featuring a person holding the book as it animates from page to page.

A small stack of NSNB zines.

A small stack of zines.

Illustrative portraits of Chiclopz (left) and Blakchyl (right) in black art marker.

Illustrative portraits of Chiclopz (left) and Blakchyl (right) in black art marker.

Hands holding NSNB open to a page spread.

Hands holding NSNB open to a page spread.

NSNB lying on its front with the spine, front and back cover exposed.

NSNB lying on its front with the spine, front and back cover exposed.

NSNB lives on within Austin Public Library’s collection, which started in 2014 and has since grown to include over 100 zines, according to the Austin Chronicle.

My hand holding a copy of NSNB at the Austin Public Library.

My hand holding a copy of NSNB at the Austin Public Library.