Of resistance and insistence. Of flight as attack. Of alternative democratic-egalitarian political philosophies.
O Quilombismo: Of Resistance and Insistence. Of flight as attack. Of alternative democratic-egalitarian political philosophies - research project, exhibition, workshops and performance series - invites artists, activists, scholars and people from other walks of life to design new forms of cultural and political resistance based on different emancipatory initiatives in the past and present.
The exhibition has many voices: quilombos (in Brazil), cumbes (in Venezuela),palenques (in Cuba and Colombia), cimarrones (in Mexico), andmaroons (in Jamaica and the United States), as well as other emancipatory spaces around the world. Regardless of the size of these spaces, artists, scholars, activists, storytellers, and other creative actors have captured the cultural, political, social, and economic tasks of liberation and (self-)affirmation in images and put them into action.
The exhibition refers to quilombos as metaphor, but also addresses the intellectual and political effects of a philosophy and ideology based on quilombos. It maps the social spaces that made these places possible-whether in earlier times, in shared imaginaries, or in today's multiple contemporary modes of existence.
Contributing artists (selection):
Laeïla Adjovi; Amina Agueznay; Ana Beatriz Almeida, Archive Ensemble; Barby Asante; Mago Aristote; Leo Asemota; Maria Auxiliadora; Carol Barreto; Farid Belkahia; Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons; Ange Dakouo; Diana Ejaita; Adama Delphine Fawundu; Tanka Fonta; Gwladys Gambie; Vanessa German; Assaf Gruber; Antonio Jose Guzmán / Iva Jankovic; Hermosa Intervención; Lisa Hilli; Nikau Hindin; Hayv Kahraman; Grada Kilomba; Jiun-Yang Li; Ibrahim Mahama; Masimba Hwati; Georgina Maxim; Tuli Mekondjo; Marie Claire Messouma; Oscar Murillo; Nontsikelelo Mutiti; Abdias do Nascimento; Eustáquio Neves; Lizette Nin; Olu Oguibe; Temitayo Ogunbuyi; Owusu-Ankomah; Bernardo Oyarzún; Moisés Patrício; Anand Patwardhan; Zica Pires; Alberto Pitta; Joshua Serafin; Taller Portobelo; Jasmine ThomasGirvan; Trương Công Tùng; Glicéria Tupinambá; Rubem Valentim; Charmaine Watkiss; Hajra Waheed; Sawangwongse Yawnghwe; Bruno Zhu.
The starting point of the project is the philosophy of quilombismo as developed by the Brazilian artist, writer and politician Abdias do Nascimento (1914-2011). He defined quilombos - settlements founded by liberated people who had escaped enslavement - as societies of "fraternal and free reunion; of solidarity, coexistence, and existential community."
The tradition of quilombist resistance has run through the Americas since the early 16th century, when enslaved African groups resisted European colonization and oppression.
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