A reader based on a research undertaking, an exhibition, workshops, and a series of performances that invite artists, activists, scholars, and people from other walks of life to imagine new forms of cultural and political resistance through diverse emancipation projects, past and present, taking as point of departure the philosophy of quilombismo as developed by Brazilian artist, author, and politician Abdias Nascimento.
This reader, published on the occasion of the project O Quilombismo: Of Resisting and Insisting. Of Flight as Fight. Of Other Democratic Egalitarian Political Philosophies held at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in 2023, brings the themes of the eponymous group exhibition to those interested in wider conceptual explorations around its multifaceted curatorial threads: insurgence, resistance, liberation, spirituality, ecstasy, new cultural forms and aesthetic paradigms, quilombo as queering, and the reimagination of collectivity.
Anchored by newly translated historical texts, poetry, essays, and conversations, the publication engages with the founding figures and initial conceptual articulations of quilombismo in detail, but also explores how it has found resonance in disparate practices globally.
Edited by Olga Schubert and Eric Otieno Sumba.
Contributions by Lillian Allen, Amanda Carneiro, Jean Casimir, Cosmin Costinaș, Chris Cyrille-Isaac, Paz Guevara, O'Neil Lawrence, Lēnablou, Vladimir Lucien, Berette S Macaulay, José Lingna Nafafé, Abdias Nascimento, Beatriz Nascimento, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Marie Helene Pereira, Quýnh N. Phạm, Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey, Murah Soares, Juliana M. Streva, Eric Otieno Sumba.