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ECHOES project brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and nationalities and entails cases in cityscapes from Asia, Africa and South America and from Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern Europe. ECHOES focuses on various forms and levels of engagements with colonial heritage from local street performances to EU political discourse. The overall aim is to investigate decolonial heritage practices outside Europe in former colonized territories with multiple and different histories of colonialisms as well as to look at decolonial practices inside Europe while keeping in mind the very different trajectories of the different European colonial projects. The fact that Europe's colonial past is simultaneously present as an undeniable heritage in its cities, institutions and international relationships, and also constantly 'echoed' back to it from the former colonized 'outside' constitutes both the challenge and the promise of the ECHOES project; to look for way in which to engage a decolonized future by seeking inspiration in how the colonial past is managed, transformed and worked on by various artistic, political, heritage or civil actors in cityscapes within and beyond the with European continent.
Q. Wait a second!, what's a zine? A. There are lots of definitions, but for simplicity's sake, here's one a zine pronounced zeen - derived from maga / fan zine - is an independently- or self-published booklet
Compilation zine by artist /zinester Abdul Dube , big love always to everyone that joined me in manifesting ECHO Zine .
Its way past your time to learn how awesome QR codes can be !!!
ZinesterÂ´s Note I accepted the invite and jumped to the task of gathering friends and acquaintances that are grappling with decolonizing . My personal strategies in learning and making meaning is a dynamic process to say the least . I am a sporadic reader ( bits here bits there - so far it has served me well . Decolonizing oneself is varied from person to person as there is so much to link again from the fragmentation that is colonization. Frantz Fanon implores us to disrupt and dismantle from where we are & thus I took to recognizing the many fibers out there and with it weave what can be called one of many more to come .
ECHO ZINE came to be because of a curiosity and a deep feeling for healing , standing ground , dismantling , bringing forth other knowledge systems , and building community in putting out an offline and simultaneously linked zine , The tech out there these days allows for some pretty wonder filled ways of visualizing a stream of consciousness. Pls note its dense , what we share here and still only the tip of the iceberg , think of this as a metaphorically lowering of the waterline to expose more of the challenges faced by so many of us in the wake of centuries of WhiteWorldTerror* .
*White World Terror Domination should be understood within the same context as the phenomenon commonly referred to as white supremacy. Kambon, Obadele. "Intellectual Warfare, Theory and Practice: Gates, Thornton, white World Terror Domination and the War on Afrocentricity." Journal of Pan African Studies, vol. 10, no. 3, 2017, p. 75+. Accessed 4 Sept. 2020.
thoughts , practices , actions Read and dip into the zine at your own pace.
POEM - INTERSECTIONS By Anthony Silva Santos Alice walker Quote The black diasporic healing Space #1 : happening at the Beach .By : SALL LAM TORO Collage :by abdul Dube
UNLEARNING a quote by : Bonaventure soh Bejeng Ndikung
international Feminist learning spaces By :sophia Kier Byfield
Complicity :a page from the just leaders series Artist and activist Brenton maart in collab with Martin Mushomba
ZINE TEMPLATE : a how To ! by Abdul Dube
Photo of a wheatpaste
by Serife Kart
by Abdul dube
Collage by - Abdul dube
Repatrieiring og symbolske objekter by: Anna Moerch
by : dipika kohi
poster on random On
Russell Means : quote 1980 With remixed image Meme : the rebellious enslaved Dis body poetics of self aesthetics By Sall Lam toro
Revolution starts now in
home is her
And akira morita aarhus wall
actualise utopia /
A leak by : Meunis ÿ
Indigenous Action media
up your vocabulary USUK by Meunis ÿ
Friends around the globe
: from where you are to far off places.
Understory : a collage GLOSSARY :
Fcnn / the union/ claudine zia
15 PORTALS Decolonizing
Decolonizing Denmark #1
Quote and link to Book Decolonizing methodologies Linda tuhiwai smith
Decolonize your taste buds Aysha amin , Andromeda 8220 And gobaad kultur forening
Quote by: grada kilomba quoteXcollage
Picture of Kathleen Hanna´s
each of us from bikini Kill zine, riot grrrrl ‘ legend photo of lino cut Repressive tolerance QUOTE BY Jalal al Ahmed STENCIL BY JO KLAERGAARD
INTERSECTIONS my friend do you see me as the irrational other? a bother to your mother the bother you want to fuck the bother your brother wants to be i dont have to be fucking nice to be able to be here i don’t have to be fucking nice to ask for my right the might stolen from me i don’t have to be fucking nice to ask you to treat me righti don’t have to be fucking thankful for a crumb or a handful i don’t have to measure my words in my own fucking work my friend are you planning a movie about me? have you already written the death of my character do i have an expiration date? is it gonna be drugs or AIDS? or is my expiration date the 13th of may when i run out of nice things to say and the truth stays because regardless of the way i say it you will still not meet me halfwaywhy must i wait at the intersection? while you get to walk? - i’m appalled after finding out we’re walking to my burial but now i’m late to my own funeral the death of an entire cause because in my time here i wasn’t nice enough because i spent 21 hours at the intersection waiting to cross waiting for a sign a divine intervention someone’s good intention some love in my direction but i don’t think god sees all the way down to an intersection i am an accent accentuated by my features featured in a photo photographed as an irrational creature created for disruption symptomatic reactive problematic when did talking about the problem become the problem? i am an emblem of animosity anti-patriotic violently auto-eurotic do my words provoke you? does my form scare you? are you seeing in me the life you could’ve lived? or are you seeing in me your best gay friend? the funny friend? the sassy black gay friend? who moves by command, who will never change
or seek revenge chained as the cool best friend despite any chain of events now please allow me to give us our final sentence in the next couple of sentences let me spare you of some pain promise you it won’t be in vain there is no shame, no blame just allow this sidekick to be the main this is the end, my dear friend, the end i will never look into your eyes again... my beautiful friend, it’s the end in my future you are absent for you grew too fond of the past tense so my dear friend let’s not pretend make amends or start again the illusion or forever isn’t anymore we are never going to be as we once were as i acknowledge that my before will forever be your now now, how can you ask for more? when you are just a reminder of smaller shards of me that could never amount to a whole my friend, fiend i think we have gone sour for you have no more power over me, over us, the facade has cracked i do not have the answers but i dont have the wish to go back why do you think i’m so absentminded when we’re together? when you never bothered minding my absence always viewing my presence as a threat to your prudence a nuisance to your nonsense. you’re asking me for common sense? but if common sense was that common i would not be writing this poem in present tensedo my words make you tense? because i want more for my life and you are living in pretense? if you think this is too intense let’s not even recommence as this is truly the end, my dear friend.
Anthony Silva Santos @suziethecockroach
Our bodies accumulate so much grief that is not dealt with safely. Our bodies accumulate so much trauma from seeing other siblings die every day, oppressed by white institutions, macro/ micro-aggressed daily by people close to us sometimes, and all that becomes stuck energy. Such stuck energy that we never really have space to feel and release, stuck energy that transforms into illness, death. Stuck energy that is not only coming from personal trauma but that is historical, intergenerational, persistent, and institutional as Resmaa Menaken wrote. Stuck energy that we experience as a group containing stories of dispossession, dislocation, disjointment, and disconnection. Stuck energy that comes from not being able to react, defend, flee, resolve, ending up producing trauma.
Offering ritual to our Orixá Oxumaré from the Yoruba in Nigeria, also celebrated in Benin which you also find in Candomblé in Brazil, Santeria in Cuba and countries within South America Vodun in Haiti, Guinea, Umbanda in Angola, among others. The ritual includes giving some flowers to Oxumaré by leaving them in the sea while walking and then I’ll do a chant to Oxumaré evoking this royal Orixá which is represented by a rainbow and serpent at once, living in between our world and that of our ancestors, living as man and woman, with both male and female bodies. This Orixá is the crown of the Orixá Yemaja, the orisha of the waters, oceans, mother nature, motherhood, and children. I picked this Orixá, Oxumaré or they picked me today,
Sall Lam Toro @Sall_lam_toro_is
because this Orixá is the vessel to our ancestors and today we are both mourning and celebrating them in our bodies.
SOMATIC EXERCISE REMIX FROM KAIRA JEWEL LINGO AND MY OWN Let’s stand for a moment Close your eyes Notice what is going on in your body Notice your breath Notice how your abdomen moves inhaling and exhaling Keep noticing your breath Shake an arm first, then the other, then one leg and then the other, shake your whole body Keep shaking, intensify the shaking, careful with your neck if you have any issues, Slow down the shaking, lower the intensity, Lower again and again Lower to the lowest point You are almost not moving But you are Your body is in motion Now we will do a body scan Lay down in your blanket/towel Feel your feet, and all the rest of your body, part by part We come to the mouth and let’s sit for this part keep your eyes closed Move your mouth, open it, large, yawn, exhale with sound, exhale with sound again exhale loudly, exhale again loudly, raise the loud yawning and then do the opposite, we lower the intensity of the exhaling, slowly, we keep our attention to what we are doing. We keep slow down repeating the exhaling lowering the sound until we are whispering We will return to the inhaling exhaling exercise through the mouth but this time we will locate our anger and grief mentally, we will allow ourselves to go into this grief and anger safely together, we will inhale and exhale with sound, you are exhaling all the stuck anger in your body, inhaling charging our power and exhaling the violence we experience everyday just by stepping out of the door of our homes, we inhale resources, that we r creating right now, charging our resilience and exhaling all the stuck energy of the microaggressions we experience in our life time, we are inhaling the vibrations of the sacred life we received in this earth and then exhaling all the historical trauma in our bodies that we accumulate from colonial slavery to modern slavery, to lynching, to black death in the media, to our siblings getting deported and imprisoned in deadly refugee camps, allow yourself to tap into this grief, if you feel like grabbing the sand and pressure it to help you release do it, Inhale the force of nature in our beautiful bodies and exhale all the pain that you were not able to express or react from, breathe out that stuck energy in your chest, exhale with sound and allow yourself to be loud, no one will shut you out here, no one will tell you that you are too much, Inhale the power of black joy in gathering as community and exhale all the painful memories that your body has endured as a black body Inhale the vibration of the power of healing and exhale Imagine a yellow shape, you choose, this yellow shape represents the warmth of the sun, the embrace of our ancestors that look out for us, the warmth of Oxumaré Orixá, May we be happy May we be well May we strive May we heal May we be filled with joy May I have peace May black people have peace May we have peace Our lives deserve peace, rest and safety Our lives deserve to be full and loving Our lives deserve joy, immense joy May I be loved May black people be loved Our lives matter Our lives matter Open your sacred bodies to healing energy Feel the warmth of it Receive the repair and restoration you desire and deserve Fill your heart, mind, body and soul receiving healing Our lives matter You matter I matter We matter
Sall Lam Toro @Sall_lam_toro_is
The apology of the non-native speaker is a reminder to interrogate the politics of continuing to choose English as our means of intercultural dialogue. The apology draws attention to the fact that there are dominant positions in the group, and that these need to be acknowledged and navigated, rather than just brushed aside with a superficial reparation.
In the international feminist learning spaces (discussion groups, book clubs, talks, workshops) that gather in multicultural cities, the language of exchange tends to be English. It is the language that everyone is most likely to be able to speak, and is a tool for bridging difference, communicating, and understanding across cultures. Covid-19 and the move online means that the international scope can be even greater. People from all over the world can meet without being in the same room. But my heart sinks, I flinch and I cringe every time I hear a non-native English speaker apologize for their English skills before contributing an idea or comment. The facilitator then makes quick, desperate assurances that there is no need to say sorry. There is an atmosphere of uneasiness. Why do I recoil with discomfort at this exchange? I have made those desperate assurances many times myself as a native facilitator of English-speaking events. Let’s think about the dynamics here. Not only do the non-native speakers usually speak wonderful English and have a better understanding of the language than many native speakers, but these apologies are a reminder that our conversation and reading practices have a colonial residue.
When I make feminist space, either by planning and facilitating or joining in with other groups, I want them to be inclusive. I want everyone to feel that they can say what they think and how they feel, even if that is by partaking by just listening. But we are kidding ourselves if we think that power doesn’t exist just because a space is feminist. No matter how multicultural, intersectional and diverse we want to make our gatherings, if we are speaking English, we are speaking a colonizing language. There will be those deemed the experts and the non-experts, and these divisions can run along the lines of native and non-native. The fact that English is the “universal language” is a remainder of the universalizing violence of colonialism. By taking the easy option of reading and exchanging in English, we contribute to that homogenization. Using English in our international and multicultural gatherings is a choice, not a necessity, which has repercussions. Anna Corradi puts it well in the Brown Political Review. If the communication language is English, “people dedicate their time and resources to learning and perfecting their understanding and knowledge of English, rather than preserving their own customs and culture.”
In the UK, for example, 62% of people do not speak another language other than English. Keeping our informal, political learning and organizing in English keeps English at the cultural centre, and it means that there is yet another reason not to learn another language. How can we decolonize our crosscultural communication when we come together to learn about politics? Some ideas: • Find out what languages people in the group speak, and pick texts in those different languages, or topics that relate to those countries. See if speakers of other languages would like to lead and co-translate live during the session. • If you are a native English speaker, become comfortable with not understanding and with sitting and listening to others speaking fluently in their language. English can be used to promote understanding, but it should not come at the cost of other languages thriving.
• If the session is going ahead in English, be explicit about how the language will be used and what is expected of participants. Discussion sessions can very easily go off-track, with people quoting philosophy and theory, rather than thinking about the questions at hand and the people in the room. ---Corradi, Anna. “The Linguistic Colonialism of English.” Brown Political Review, April 25 2017,
British Council statistics on foreign language learning:
By Sophia Kier Byfield
Shout out to the locals An open, inquisitive group of feminists using education and culture to build community in Aarhus.
• Learn another language as a group. Ask a speaker of another language if they want to lead or choose a short text and try to work through it together with online translation tools. Enjoy the slow pace. • Read work in translation. If you still want to keep the group in English, choose to discuss writers from other parts of the world that have been translated.
How people most affected by colonialism’s legacies are described
AAME – African, Asian and Minority Ethnic.
Diversity and inclusion.
Equity [viz. equality]. BAME – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (UK only) sometimes expanded as Black AND Minority Ethnic. Contested usefulness. Separatist.
BIPOC – Black, Indigenous, People of Colour
Indigenous people. Those who lived and live in lands that were later colonised, in North America also known as First Nations.
Immigrants and migrants (black and brown) vs. colonial settlers and ex-pats (white).
POC – People of Colour.
Ethnocentrism. Making assumptions about another culture or group based on preconceptions originating in one’s own culture or cultural understanding; or assuming your race or nationality is superior to those of other cultures.
Eurocentrism. Assuming the preeminence or importance of people and things originating in European countries e.g. Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy.
Exceptionalism, supremacy. Belief in the superiority of one cultural group or race over another e.g. White supremacy, English exceptionalism.
Refugees and asylum seekers.
Intersectionality. How identities combine. How racism is experienced when combined with other prejudices e.g. those based on disability, class culture, age, gender, sexuality, migration, language. Islamophobia. Hatred and distrust of Muslims and Islam.
Restitution. Often used interchangeably with repatriation, specifically to a clearly identified owner, but may also refer to restorative practices such as compensation.
Repatriation. Of cultural artefacts taken, looted (spoliated) during war or colonial occupation.
Slavery and enslaved peoples. Exclusion and inequality.
Source communities. People whose direct cultural and ancestral heritage resides in museums outside their country and those in diaspora communities with a connection to that heritage. Other ways and places decolonising practice is talked about
Afriphobia. Anti-African hate and racism. Explained by TAOBQ (The African or Black Question).
Anti-Blackness and #BlackLivesMatter. Including antiblack sentiment in non-White cultural groups.
Global South. Countries previously described as ‘third-world’ or ‘developing’. A shifting meaning, used in economics and post-colonial studies.
Imperialism, Empire and Antiimperialism.
Post-colonial. Work on regions of the world and their people after the end of empire.
Whiteness, White gaze, White fragility, Conditional whiteness. Expression of colonial and power relations
Being ‘colour-blind’. Proclamation of not seeing or not choosing to notice dimensions of race in another, also called ‘oppression blindness’.
Dismantling. Used with reference to dominant structures including belief structures that are based on oppression of another people.
Race, Racism and Anti-racism. Anti-colonial.
Antisemitism/anti-Semitic. Hatred and distrust of Jews and Jewishness.
Christonormativity. Prevailing Western starting point based in culturally Christian dogma (not an attack on Christianity as religious belief and practice).
Institutional and systemic racism = racist policy and practice e.g. recruitment, decisionmaking, interpretation, collections development and management.
Privilege (usually not always associated with White privilege).
Emotional labour. Psychological burdens experienced by BIPOC to do all the work, in the same category as “diversity hires.” Free speech vs hate speech and abuse.
Microaggressions. Less obvious racism in everyday life, e.g. “where are you from? No, where are you really from?”
Colonialism – a power relationship in which an external nation state (colonizer) directly controls the political & economic system of another nation state &/or people (colony). Involves the presence of a military force to crush dissent & the migration of people from the colony to the nation state of the colonizer.
Cultural Imperialism – imposing a country’s worldview, values, & lifestyle on others. Many critics of today’s globalization use this term to describe how the US actively exports its ideology of consumerism & free-market capitalism.
Power – your ability to exercise/carry out your will/demands despite resistance. Power is the probability that one actor within a social relationship will be in a position to carry out their will despite resistance (Weber’s “Economy & Society” (1922)).
Domination – requires discipline/ training; is based on the chance that someone will obey a command. Domination is the probability that a command with a given specific content will be obeyed by a given group of persons (Weber’s “Economy & Society” (1922)).
NOTE: Within domination consent is important. Democracies create relations of domination because people willingly participate and give up their own individual control of their territories. Why do people consent? Because they believe they also have something to gain in being part of this domination. Domination requires willingness & consent. Those who are dominated think it’s a legitimate relationship where you can get something out of it. Both parties get something out of it.
Hegemony – “Hegemony is a big word for a fairly simple idea. When socially powerful people use their influence to convince less powerful people it is in their best interest to do what is actually in the most powerful people’s best interest, that’s hegemony.” In essence, hegemony is a geopolitical concept of indirect domination through ideologies
(ideology informs HOW a person should act or behave in society). – definition from Sociology In Focus EXPANSIVE NOTE: Also feel free to read more about Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony here & here.
As stated by Hoare & Smith in the preface of Antonio Gramsci’s “Selections from the Prison Notebooks”, “In this context it is also worth noting that the term “hegemony” in Gramsci itself has two faces. On the one hand it is contrasted with “domination” (and as such bound up with the opposition State/Civil Society) and on the other hand “hegemonic” is sometimes used as an opposite of “corporate” or “economiccorporate” to designate an historical phase in which a given group moves beyond a position of corporate existence and defense of its economic position and aspires to a position of leadership in the political and social arena. Non-hegemonic groups or classes are also called by Gramsci “subordinate”, “subaltern” or sometimes “instrumental”” (1992: xiv).
Socialization – the process of learning & sharing norms, customs, values & ideologies in order to be able to participate in society. Socialization tells us that if we follow the set of rules, we can expect certain things in return. It is through socialization that we learn the dominating rules, social facts, ontologies, and ideologies of the society we are a member of.
Heterosexism – a system of oppression that grants institutional & cultural privileges to anyone who conforms to “traditional” gender roles. It either penalizes or disregards the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning & transgender people as well as alternative family structures.
Homophobia – an irrational fear of sexual attraction to the same gender or sex. Also a term for all aspects of the oppression of LGBTQIA* people.
Imperialism – a stage of advanced capitalism in which more powerful & developed nation states dominate less powerful & less developed countries & territories through military force & indirect political control. Imperialism provides economic gain through access to raw materials, cheap labor, & markets for good & services, & it often serves strategic geopolitical purposes.
LGBTQIA*– Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning/Queer, Intersex, Asexual. Other terms include LesBiGayTrans or Queer. Nationalism – a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others, placing primary emphasis on promotion of its economic, political & cultural interests. Often used by colonized peoples to assert their independence of master’s domination (e.g. Malcolm X).
Neocolonialism – a power relationship in which an external nation state indirectly controls the political & economic system of another nation state &/or people – often former colonies. May involve the presence of a military force to crush dissent & the migration of people from the former colony to the colonizer. Pan-Africanism – An analysis developed in the early 20th century calling for a world union of African people in spite of differences in geographical location, religion, & culture. Pan Africanism calls for the unification of all African peoples under scientific socialism. Go to the All African People’s Revolutionary Party’s site for more information. Cisheteropatriarchy – a system of power based on the supremacy & dominance of cisheterosexual men through the exploitation & oppression of women and the LGBTQIA*. Also referred to as sexism. This includes oppressive constructs such as homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, etc.. Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) – Neoliberal policies, practices & institutions of all levels of government designed to remove the discarded (those who are unemployable, poor, uneducated, etc.) from society to further the social control of those negatively impacted by globalization. White Supremacist Racism – a system of power based on the supremacy & dominance of “White” people. “White” is a political concept created by the European & colonial ruling elite of the 17th & 18th centuries that is revealed in attitudes, behaviors & institutional systems in which white people maintain supremacy over peoples of color. Human beings create & maintain the systems which, in turn, reinforce white supremacist racism. Created via various websites
Black – a racial (social-political) category based on Partus sequitur ventrem that provided the gendered and sexed frameworks upon which chattel slavery in the United States of America were based on the passage of the cursed status of chattel from that of the mother to the child. Those racialized as Black are generally seen as of recent African descent in the West. Others also racialized as Black are the Indigenous peoples of Australia, another settler colony.
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There's a rule of thumb which can be applied here. You cannot judge the real nature of a European revolutionary doctrine on the basis of the changes it proposes to make within the European power structure and society. You can only judge it by the effects it will have on non-European peoples. This is because every revolution in European history has served to reinforce Europe's tendencies and abilities to export destruction to other peoples, other cultures and the environment itself. I defy anyone to point out an example where this is not true.
The article originated as a controversial speech given at the Black Hills International Survival Gathering on the Pine Ridge Reservation in July 1980. By Russell Means member of the Oglala Lakota tribe.
A decolonial remembrance lens to rethink the black diasporic queer body
The departure? What is our pre-colonial history and which part of that history has survived colonization? Which part is de-colonial?
Multi-location: Senegal, Cape Vert, Mozambique, and Mali
But first, what is queer here? Queer here is Blackness; this is where it begins. A reflection of the impulses of Olurum, Olurum, Olurum, Olurum The entire cosmos is reflected in a mirror of the human body in motion as we, walking embodiments of their consciousness
Those, the impulses of Olurum, ObatalĂĄ, ZambiĂ´, the zeroth gender
Queer is the androgynous black double, triple, quadruple euphoria //dysphoria
male within female female within
the nameless within body the body within merged code Sall Lam Toro @Sall_lam_toro_is
this code being language yet, energy
Remembrance Hetero sexuality has been mistakenly universalized as
African BUT Havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we always been queer? I remember through the soil I step in
Men who sleep with men Women who sleep with women Gender fluid body Transness Gayness Tribbing Gender inversion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; said the French colonialists
The Dogon of Mali Represented by an inverted sex The penis is femme The clit is masc Inverted sex to whom? Gender is outlived though the spiritual
The Dogon praises and embody
their own formation of androgyny and intersex(-uality) devoting their lives to the evocation of Nomo deity, a hermaphrodite Piscean creature with a fish torso and tail
came out officially since 1998 in Cape Vert, I was only 8 but had no idea they existed, nor that I was like them They were born from the holy mother Tchinda Andrade, a trans-femme that came out at the carnival celebrating queers in Cape Vert adopted
as a localized gender,
a black one from the islands
black organic technologies with their own historicity breaking dualisms attuning body with ancestry breaking social contracts
We are the Tchindas Tchindas Tchindas Of Cabo Verde Dancing in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth Zeroth gender Dancing in the eternal transness Eternal, eternal Transness, eternal transness
We are Ngomo The Ngomo Ngomo, Ngomo
Ngomo from Mali in the skin of the Dogon
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Or the Góor-jiéen Góor-jiéen Góorjiéen From Senegal
Sangomma Sangomma Sangomma From the Zulu in South Africa
Lugbara // Lugbara // Lugbara In the Democratic Republic of Congo
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Linking the Decolonial work One multi dimensional sphere at a time, In covid times “portals” have become important for us to explore further and deeper.
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Decolonize the art world
Rotations of Bismillah- Atiyyah Khan //30.04.2019
The Afromap of Space #1- 10
A true moment of decolonization
Kurdish mother and child, Van, 1973 | photographer unknown
HOME IS HER
I remember laying my head in her lap, right next to my first home, her voluptuous belly, that would still manage to swing my head, while she would talk to the other Kurdish women in the room. Whenever she would laugh, her joy would vibrate to me, whenever she would talk about things that would fill her with passion. I would wake up to her belly Dancing And I would listen to her joyous rhythms I would never lift my head Not to see her I could feel her I could feel her every e motion s Laying my head in her lap. My home, my Nomad mother, i hold your hand, you gave my soul a soil. And the days this earth feels unwelcome, and the days i seem to look for a home to house me, i just lay my head down, on the ground, close my eyes and hear you through her. By artist and poet Serife Kart
Meunis Ã¿ @meunisyki
Anna MÃ¸rch @ridderhat
What is Papers? An online writing-and-design-and-generallycreative circle for community. Ambient community that is. International and asynchronous: ‘Papers.’ Papers is a conversation Why? Because we are tired of superficial, inane chatter and want some actual depth, progression and substance in our online converations. That’s why. Run by Dipika Kohli and Akira Morita
dipika kohli / Đà Lạt June 2020
INSTITUTIONS NEVER REMEMBER & communities never forget
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Decolonize your Tastebuds: Work in progress/forløb der arbejder rundt om middagsbordet med emner som man normalt ikke taler om. Hen over 3 dage mødes man og spiser sammen mens det der opstår rundt om middags bordet bliver en del af den færdige zine. Det kunne være opskriften på at dekolonisere sig fra diverse magtfaktore som POC (person of colour) og reclaime sit kultur eller byens bedste chili dip. Vol.1 er Dansk/Somalisk!
Aysha Amin - @andromeda8220 Somaliske kulture foreneing - @gobaad
When they speak, it is scientific. When we speak, it is unscientific. When they speak, it is universal. When we speak, it is specific. When they speak, it is objective. When we speak, it is subjective. When they speak, it is neutral. When we speak, it is personal. When they speak, it is rational. When we speak, it is emotional. When they speak, it is impartial. When we speak, it is partial. They have facts, we have opinions. They have knowledge, we have experiences. We are not dealing here with a 'peaceful coexistence of words,' but rather with a violent hierarchy, which defines Who Can Speak, and What We Can Speak About.
Grada Kilomba, in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decolonizing Knowledgeâ&#x20AC;? (2016)
Collage by Abdul Dube
Quote by Hank Willis Thomas
FCNNNEWS Makes visible what has been made invisible
FCNNNews is a news-platform and curatorial project initiated by Feminist Collective With No Name in 2018. The platform is born out of the adverse misrepresentation of BiPoC’s and Queers in the art industry and mainstream media – everything from “de-ghettoising” areas in urban spaces to traumatic defeat and most importantly to public and institutional racism. In each episode we have invited artists and organizations who work in the intersection of art and activism, to contribute to the program. Our first episode focuses on white institutions and representation; the following episodes explores the politics of gentrification, resistance and organization.
Claudine Zia (f. 1982) har en MA i kunsthistorie fra Aarhus Universitet og er bestyrelsesmedlem i The Union – Cultural Worker’s Union for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour
We want to create a platform for and by BPOC artists and cultural workers, where we support and empower each other. We don’t want to function like a conventional union, we want to organize on our own terms, and find a voice that speaks for us. The purpose of The Union is to work for the rights and needs of BPOC artists, cultural workers and employees in cultural institutions, and to celebrate BPOC art & diversity. Our goal is to support BPOC artists and cultural workers, and show solidarity with the racialized employees at cultural institutions. We see a tendency that Black and People of Colour working in security, kitchen and cleaning are not being paid properly, nor treated as the other staff. We want to collectively raise our voices to fight for better rights for BPOCs. Our 4 initial focus points are: 1.
To assure representation and equal rights in the field of art, culture and media for BPOC artists, cultural workers and employees in cultural institutions. 2. To raise awareness about structural racism in the field of art and culture, and how to dismantle it. 3. To create networks and educations for and by BPOC artists, cultural workers and employees in cultural institutions, primarily in Denmark, and later Europe/globally. 4. To create a forum for empowerment, community building, and BPOC artistic expressions We feel it’s about time a union was created, that directly works for better rights and conditions, representation and diversity in the cultural sectors in Denmark. A union for and by Black and People of Colour.
Link to original article in danish
is an anthology because we have to be shaken in order to realize that this is a problem - with institutionalised racism and exclusion in the cultural sector the book's design language is balanced between controlled and activist.
The Funambulist is a magazine that engages with the politics of space and bodies. Our hope is to provide a useful platform where activist/academic/practitioner voices can meet and build solidarities across geographical scales.
funambulist podcast Listen deeply
Invoking the global Black uprising, this conversation between Margarida Waco and Awa KonatĂŠ examines Anti-Blackness and the different ways in which institutional and structural violence against Black and Brown bodies is normalized and manifested across the Nordics, i.e. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland in particular. The conversation draws upon Scandinavian colonial history and Denmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in slave trading as frameworks allowing for a critical examination of the cultural and political languages and iconographies associated with the Nordic Paradigm in an attempt to challenge, and finally dismantle the concept of Nordic Exceptionalism.
Celma Costa @anothercelma
Love this, such an amazing Riot Grrrl piece by Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill some info on its origin: "Kathleen said she made it in 1989, when she was volunteering at Safeplace, Olympiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-lived domestic-violence shelter and advocacy organization. Designed so that it could be folded up into a small rectangle with the word trust on top, this flyer was both a secret invitation and a public announcement, much like Riot Grrrl itself. As radical now as it was then! My hope is you can read this with the parallel in mind of decolonizing the knowledge you consume ...
Quote by Jalal Al Ahmed Stencil by Jo kjaergaard
“Hold fast to dreams,For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird,That cannot fly.”― Langston Hughes