Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice – University of Guelph

A professora Manoela dos Anjos Afonso Rodrigues apresenta trabalho hoje, em 22 de janeiro de 2022, no evento Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice, uma iniciativa do Revision Centre :

“Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice is a planned gathering (event) of academics/artists/arts organizations. The gathering will be held online in Spring 2021, and will feature contributors from across Canada, the US, Europe, South America, and New Zealand. We will bring together academics and practitioners to engage in discussion and creative discovery about the entanglements between art and justice, and explore the methodological challenges, possibilities, and tensions that define our academic fields and range of social practices.”

Na apresentação intitulada Art and Decoloniality in the Autobiographical Space, Manoela compartilhou resultados de pesquisas artísticas que se deram na confluência dos estudos decoloniais e estudos auto/biográficos na FAV/UFG, desde 2017, como explica no resumo abaixo:

In this paper, I take art practice as an inquiry method for exploring decolonial dimensions of both out-of-place feelings and experiences of not-knowing that may emerge from the autobiographical space. The aim is to discuss autobiogeography as a decolonial methodology for unlearning and undoing the coloniality of being, sensing, and knowing. Artistic strategies created by six undergraduate students of the Federal University of Goias inform the discussions. Their arts-based research projects address race, gender, and coloniality of knowledge, resulting in personal, collaborative, and participative artworks developed through photography, artist’s books, architecture, and socially engaged practices involving graffiti, cyberfeminism, and photo-interviews. Graeme Sullivan’s approach to arts research, Ivan Illich’s notions of conviviality, Paulo Freire’s approach to dialogue, Pablo Helguera’s transpedagogy, Walter Mignolo’s decoloniality, Doreen Massey’s ideas on space and place, Philippe Lejeune’s and Leonor Arfuch’s auto/biographical space, Jennifer Gonzalez’s autotopography, and Conceição Evaristo’s escrevivência inform my analysis. This constellation of concepts supports my reasoning on how powerful the entanglements between autobiographical studies, decoloniality, and visual arts can become in resisting and fighting coloniality in the present neo-colonial times.