Nonaligned modernisms: interview with Bojana Videkanic

Nonaligned modernisms: interview with Bojana Videkanic My research on the nonaligned comes from a cultural and art-historical position. It is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how the non-aligned movement, apart from creating political, or social, or economic alliances was also attempting to create cultural alliances that would counter Western cultural hegemony, and what many in the movement, who were interested in culture, also called Western cultural imperialism.

Face to face

03.01.2020 | by Iolanda Vasile

The french state and the portuguese state in the face of the arrival of the pieds-noirs and the retornados

The french state and the portuguese state in the face of the arrival of the pieds-noirs and the retornados In France, in spite of the economic context of the Trente Glorieuses being favourable to the absorption of labour, the socioprofessional characteristics of the French people who arrived from Algeria did not correspond to the needs of the French labour market, which required industrially qualified workers. In the Portuguese case the inverse situation pertained.

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02.01.2020 | by Morgane Delaunay

Luanda, Lisboa, Paradise?

Luanda, Lisboa, Paradise? What is at stake in Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s book are the living, human ruins of empire. No longer based on the figure of the veteran or the returnee, but on someone from the other side of the line colonialism traced: a black man and, in this case, the complex figure that colonialism generated, the assimilated African who, here, for the first time in Portuguese literature, is at the centre of the narrative.

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26.12.2019 | by Margarida Calafate Ribeiro


Gabriel Gabriel was born in 1988, in Colombia, and was adopted by a Norwegian family in 1989. Growing up in a small, pretty little town in east Norway, he was the only brunette among the blonde kids. "You can spot this darker kid in the middle of blue-eyed, blond kids in our class photo for kindergarten. I was aware of how different I was when I was a kid.

Face to face

23.12.2019 | by Sinem Taş

3rd Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art – Anozero’19 The Third Bank

3rd Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art – Anozero’19 The Third Bank There is something poetic in a city cut through by a river, like the imperturbable flow of the Mondego between the banks from which Coimbra sprawls. The river is the image of continuity and impermanence, its time a tangent to infinity. Our existences, as fleeting as the people who cross it, the bridges that cut across it and the waters that pass through it, are the height of discontinuity; our time is minuscule compared to the river.


19.12.2019 | by Lígia Afonso, Agnaldo Farias and Nuno de Brito Rocha

Rural topographies

Rural topographies They create a network of different approaches to the rural and simultaneously call attention to ecological concerns. The works constitute potent signifiers within a global discourse of regionalism as well as representing a call to (poetic) action within our natural environment.


04.12.2019 | by vários

Do you say I am lying? - Jimmie Durham

Do you say I am lying? -  Jimmie Durham Jimmie Durham brings to the surface the issue of the truth of the artwork, probably one of the most relevant themes in a world that is constantly forgetting about the fictional nature of art – not necessarily implying that it lacks an intrinsic paradoxical truth in its materiality and representational nature.

I'll visit

04.12.2019 | by Delfim Sardo

Postmemory and resentment

Postmemory and resentment The construction of postmemory is a complex process which may take place in very different ways and, as is worth repeating, is never simply based on transmission, but, rather, implies an active positioning, a decision, on the part of members of a second generation. Such a decision is never simply played out at a strictly rational level, it inevitably presupposes a high degree of emotional involvement.

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30.11.2019 | by António Sousa Ribeiro

Louisiana Unsettled

Louisiana Unsettled What if we accounted for all labor that was put in the development of those lands, both human, and non-human, the living, the inert, and the not-yet-lived, would this then lead us to a new understanding of its environment and its constitution as a disappearing geological strata in flux? Can we interpret how the energetic metabolism speculated around the Mississippi is withholding processes of land recuperation and human health, while privileging forms of dissolved property?

Games Without Borders

27.11.2019 | by Margarida Mendes

Marianne Keating

Marianne Keating Keating accumulates the disregarded and overlooked traces of the Irish presence in Jamaica, inserting previously muted voices into the archive. In doing so, she critiques the dominant Western constructions of nationhood and identity, producing an alternative to the master narratives that shape one’ worldviews in the West.


19.11.2019 | by Miguel Amado

Cold sweats and furtive listening in Angola

Cold sweats and furtive listening in Angola Historian Marissa Moorman wrote an important book about radio and modern state power. "Only radio receivers can feel radio waves. But people feel radio. Radio, Moorman reminds us, courses through our lives everywhere we go and alongside everything we do."

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15.11.2019 | by Jesse Bucher


Shannon "Mom had this incredible energy. You know science says 'energy cannot be created not destroyed'. The fact that her body has left us doesn't mean she isn't with us. She is everywhere. That's why I got this tattoo: It says 'Death cannot kill'. Though she has left this place, she still continues to teach me a lot".

Face to face

14.11.2019 | by Sinem Taş

Us, them, why? (by way of Paulo Faria)

Us, them, why? (by way of Paulo Faria) ‘The Missing Face’ is a powerful reflection on the war, and above all on the ownership of traumatic experiences of conflict, specifically at the end of Portuguese colonialism in Africa.

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12.11.2019 | by Felipe Cammaert

Museums: the ultimate contact zones

Museums: the ultimate contact zones Museums are democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures. Acknowledging and addressing the conflicts and challenges of the present, they hold artefacts and specimens in trust for society, safeguard diverse memories for future generations and guarantee equal rights and equal access to heritage for all people.

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07.11.2019 | by António Pinto Ribeiro

"We now know that colonialism is alive and kicking." The renewal of AfricaMuseum in Matthias De Groof's movie

"We now know that colonialism is alive and kicking." The renewal of AfricaMuseum in Matthias De Groof's movie One of the other ways in which you see coloniality reemerge, is precisely in the mission the museum ascribes itself. "Africa" is an object of study while the idea of representativeness and the desire to be a window on a continent are the basic epistemological principles of imperialist logic. The scenography continues the "chosification" and "domestication"


23.10.2019 | by Marta Lança

the origins of rap in portugal: margins and centre, accommodation and emancipation

the origins of rap in portugal: margins and centre, accommodation and emancipation Beyond the old question of the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, the controversy encourages us to ask how rap – understood as a site for the denunciation of racism and the visibilization of the daily life of racialized, subordinated groups – has, itself, been complicit with other kinds of invisibilities and oppressions.


23.10.2019 | by Miguel Cardina

Steffen (Germany)

Steffen (Germany) 'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'' says Steffen, walking slowly in the forest of Fisterra, in Galicia, Spain. A peace activist who once served in the military at Operation Desert Storm, in 1990, he advocates for the human right to water and sanitation for everyone.

Face to face

23.10.2019 | by Sinem Taş

Plant Revolution! in Guimarães

Plant Revolution! in Guimarães Reflecting on the relationship between humans and plants, this exhibition explores different narratives of technological mediation of the plant kingdom. The study of plants as infrastructure has raised interest among the scientific community over the last centuries, inspiring generations of researchers, as well as the development of technocosmologies and cybernetic systems.


15.10.2019 | by Margarida Mendes

New navigators of Portuguese cultural memory

New navigators of Portuguese cultural memory I imagine these as the “new navigators”, appropriating this controversial term to describe them in part because of their fearlessness, or perhaps more accurately their braving fear, in dis-covering, in the sense of recovering and uncovering, monstrous aspects of the past as a way to make sense of monstrous aspects of the present.

Games Without Borders

13.10.2019 | by Sharon Lubkemann Allen

To use the word WE as oppose to I is almost a revolutionary act at the moment.

To use the word WE as oppose to I is almost a revolutionary act at the moment. OUR SURVIVAL is at stake and the conditions and circumstances that are at our side are not just enough not enough and we have in a manner of ways been seeing this expressed in a diverse way on any given day on any given TV channel. There is an overall tension an almost thick layer of distrust, miscommunication, doubt, an insecurity that not only is taking place in the parliament of her magesty the queen but everywhere we consider to be touched by western values or whatever is left of them, such as Hong Kong is showing.

Games Without Borders

11.10.2019 | by Adin Manuel