Seven sisters

The House Of The Seven Women | Tito Mouraz


It is still said around here that the house is haunted.

At the house there lived seven women, all maiden sisters.
One of them was a witch.

On full moon nights, the ladies in their white garments would fly from the balcony to the leafy branches of the chestnut across the street. From there they would seduce men who passed-by.

In the House of the Seven Women, chatting, getting to know what it was like before me, listening and imagining, was as important as the act of photographing.

I started by doing some portraits of people. They interested me because they have always lived here and are attached to land just like trees. They speak about time, about their memories; their losses … many of them already dress in black.

This series gives an account of a persistent return to the same place, so as to scrutinize its differences (the slow deactivation of agricultural practices, the gradual transformation of the territory, aging…), in spite of listening to the same owl, to the same fox, to the same stories.

Same as in legend, perhaps the magic and appalling features, this cyclical experience, were my greatest wound: night, fumes, corpses, moon, ruin, sounds.

A place of affections, after all I was also born here.

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The Transit of Venus

The transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and a Earth. This last occurred in early June of 2012 and lasted about 6 and a half hours. The transits of Venus are incredibly rare and occur in a pattern that generally repeats every 243 years.

Credit: NASA/EarthSky/University of Arizona

Seven Sisters: Pleiades

The Seven Sisters, also called the Pleiades or M45, is an open star cluster located about 400 light years away towards the constellation Taurus. It is about 13 light years across and is one of the brightest and closest star clusters to us.

The cluster contains over 3000 stars, most of which are considered middle aged. Surrounding the brighter stars are reflection nebulae, gas and dust reflecting the light from the stars. Also buried in the cluster are faint, low mass brown dwarf stars.

Image from National Geographic, information from NASA.

the seven sisters festival is racist and transphobic

trigger warning for transmisogyny and racism (as well as some severe white nonsense)

the seven sisters festival is a ‘womens festival’ in the same vein as Michfest, ie a cis white womens gathering. they have held this three day event for the last couple of years, and it’s only getting worse and worse.

this year, it came out that the festival only accepts trans women who have undergone gender confirmation surgery. (warning for very transphobic language) this is, of course, disgusting on multiple levels, and raises the question – do they plan to be doing checks? do i have to carry a punani pass everywhere with me in case I’m suspected of being a trans woman? or is it just supposed to be a threat?

@black-australia commented on the group event, and was blocked for her efforts.

they have started deleting people’s comments about it, leaving only the good ones about how great the festival is, and some of the transphobic ones.

it gets worse than that. they tout the festival grounds as ‘sacred womens space’ (what the fuck is that?) but they have not asked permission from Indigenous elders for the festival, on top of creating an environment that specifically pushes out Indigenous people through both their transphobia and their general atmosphere. their basket weaving workshop post touts that it will ‘awaken primal feelings’ – because Indigenous traditions are primal, right?

so we did some digging on their page. Oh god I was not prepared.

Native American headdresses. White women painting themselves brown and playing drums. White women wearing saris and ‘tribal’ style clothing. The augmentation of their little white festival with nonwhite traditions, like we’re fucking accessories. 

@yilabil-wawura left the following post on their page, which was swiftly deleted.

they posted it again. no word yet on whether it’s been deleted, but it’s clear that this organisation of white people stands for one thing – other rich, white, cis women at the expense of Black and Brown women, especially Sistergirls and other Black trans identitified people. 

we will not stand for this any longer, the theft and accessorising of our sacred things, our lands and our lives by white people, or the accessorising of anyone else’s cultures and sacred things. We will not stand for the exclusion of any women, regardless of their cultures, or the reducing women to their genitals.

please spread this around. do NOT attend this festival. tell your friends and family not to attend or support this disgusting ‘event’