“AND I AM SPARSE IN DENSE FLUIDITY”
BUALA cycle of talks
In several parts of the world cracks deepen, as well as the crisis of social well-being. The screams of the resistant rebellions echo, in a transnational way, against economical minorities at the command post. They are tired of the precariousness, alienation, and populism that lead us to the persecution of certain groups considered destabilizing.
Freedom is measured in our capacity to act, our self-determination, independence, and autonomy. How can we design the possibilities of reinventing ourselves individually and socially? How can we plant joy in the world’s manure, to go beyond whining? What is, in the end, our freedom of choice? Only what and how to consume, or do we have a hold on our life choices? And what freedom of expression has been an argument without constructive practice?
The democratic maturity of a country is not unshakeable, the same as its freedoms, so many times under threat. From the meanings and practices of our current living, social and artistic, irradiating to other contexts, the purpose of this cycle is to think freedom again and try it once more.
In the BUALA cycle at maat, the poems of Women Overboard by Margarida Vale de Gato are the starting point for a round-table with Catarina Barata, Sara Goulart Medeiros, Cleo Tavares, Nádia Yracema, Isabél Martins Zuaa, Susana Peralta and Inês Brasão, in which freedom will be debated from the point view of our time and looking back to the recent past. Rui Vilela brings to the cycle testimonies of fighters for the independence of Guinea-Bissau. Raquel Freire builds the portrait of a country through several women and, in another film, Luísa Homem draws the path of geographer Suzanne Daveau and her archive of travel-images. Gisela Casimiro shows with irony the history of western art by way of her personal museum, discussing it with Patrícia Azevedo da Silva. Ana Gandum and Daniela Rodrigues dive into the photographic souvenirs of Portuguese migrants between Portugal and Brazil. Fernanda Eugénio presents her methodology for the experiential investigation of the relationship and reciprocity. Frédérique Lagny reveals in a video installation and a talk the creative methods used by youngsters to play an active role in political life. Andreia Cunha satirizes the social effects of the expression of ridicule in a visual essay. Vanessa Brito builds the history of the possible, going through artistic proposals. And Marta Mestre tells how it was to curate an exhibition about language, failures and fiction.
“and I am sparse in dense fluidity” is an excerpt of the poem “Women Overboard” (Mulher ao Mar, Mariposa Azual, Lisbon, 2010) by Margarida Vale de Gato, translated from the Portuguese by the author herself (source: poemsfromtheportuguese.org)
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