THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS. MICAIAH JOHNSON'S TAKE ON A POTENTIAL MULTIVERSE.
..our dead are only weights on our backs when we won't let them walk beside us, when we try to pretend they are not ours or they are not dead- Exlee
A story that traverses a multitude of worlds and experiences while depicting the myriad changes that one can undergo even as we think we are who we are, change is inevitable. As we explore segregation, poverty, privilege, walls, and how they affect a society's structure and function.
If there is a chance for you to exist as you, but different; to engage in a new life, new experiences, new-to-you people, new loves, new hurts, would you take it?
What #MicaiahJohnson accomplishes here is an evocation of questions around the validity of what we think we know and who we think we are. When people who have harmed us appear kind and charitable in this plane, which scenario is real, which version of Earth is real, which version of ourselves is the original, are they all original, do we exist in a vacuum, and how do we even begin to unravel the mysteries of our multi-existence?
They are many social parallels and inherent biases mentioned that POC are all too familiar with (hair like snow means angel and eyes like the sky mean saint). The exploitation of the poorer classes, the mining of the land, the degradation of the environment, all in the name of corporate success, technological domination, expansion, and consolidation of power are all experiences that can be paralleled to our own world; what a life means when weighed against avarice, control, and power.
The suppressed, intense ball of attraction between Cara and Dell is palpable, as are the circumstances that keep them apart; the imprint that trauma and abuse leaves behind and how that is carried within us no matter where we go and no matter the version of ourselves or our abuser we meet; weaving therapy and its use as a tool for healing; and an ancestral god who hovers over and holds the multiverse in her hands, 🗣.