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The Next World Tarot

The Next World Tarot is a 78-card deck envisioning a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love, featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems. The Fool's Journey in the Next World focuses on smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing.

What began as a cast of electric queer characters evolved into a disarray of minds, bodies, and souls who triumph over societal challenge, staying true to the traditional narrative of the tarot. The Next World Tarot elevates BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous, People of Color) and queer narratives, and narratives of class warfare and resisting cultural norms. It is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.

Justice (14x17, Ink, Marker, Acrylic Paint, Gel Pen, Bristol Board)
Judgement (19x24, Ink, Marker, Acrylic Paint, Gel Pen, Bristol Board)
Revolution (14x17, Ink, Marker, Acrylic Paint, Gel Pen, Bristol Board)
The 2 of Swords : Protection (11x14, Ink, Marker, Acrylic Paint, Gel Pen, Bristol Board)
The 7 of Swords : Courage (11x14, Ink, Marker, Acrylic Paint, Gel Pen, Bristol Board)

Cristy Road Carrera is a Cuban-American artist, writer and musician who's been supplying creativity for punk rock, publishing, & social justice movements since she was a teenager in Miami. She self-published Green Zine for ten years, and has since released three illustrated novels which tackle gender, sexuality, mental health and cultural identity: Indestructible (2005), Bad Habits (2008), and Spit and Passion (2013). The Next World Tarot is her most recent project. Her illustrations have appeared in New York Magazine, The Advocate, The New York Times, Maximumrocknroll, Razorcake, Bitch, and Bust Magazine.

Cristy is a songwriter and guitarist, fronted the pop-punk group The Homewreckers for eight years and currently fronts her new project, Choked Up. She is currently working on dystopian Sci-Fi, writing songs, and painting queer femme rock stars in Brooklyn, NY.

Polemic is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

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