Post-Amnesia: Dismantling Post-Colonial Manifestations
25.02 - 11.03.2021
“Post-Amnesia: Dismantling Colonial Manifestations” focuses on unveiling, thinking and questioning the traces - material and immaterial - of Porto’s colonial past. It begins with a talk series with specialists from different fields, who will share their experiences from different geographies.
The debates will be streamed on Interstruct Collective’s Facebook page and Instituto’s and Rampa’s youtube channels. The links will be published on this event. The sessions will be held in Portuguese, and a version with English subtitles will be made available to the public later on.
The project is part of VAHA, an initiative of Anadolu Kültür and MitOst e.V., funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Cultural Foundation. VAHA partner consortium is in a collaboration with the iac Berlin to implement a series of ‘thematic workshops and network meetings’. The organisation also thanks the support from Chrest Foundation.
Debate #1 - Monuments and Memorials
Memorial à Escravatura - Beatriz Gomes Dias, Djass
Monumento ao Esforço Colonizador Português - Bárbara Neves Alves
Imagens de Controle e Monumentos - Felipe Moreira
We propose to reflect on commemorative structures, from its symbolic potential, as well as the public interest around its construction and preservation. The debate will be fostered by the analysis of existing monuments in the public space that perpetuate colonial narratives, as well as monuments that offer a counter-narrative to the dominant one, departing from specific cases in the cities of Lisbon, Porto and São Paulo.
Debate #2 - Tours and Toponymy
Volta Negra - Cartografia Negra
African Lisbon Tour - Naky Gaglo
Rota dos Escravos - Associação KALU
This debate adresses the amnesia that seems to exist in urban space and in the toponomy of streets, squares, store plates, etc., questioning the representations that celebrate people or events related to slavery trade, colonialism and colonial war, and the absense of counter-hegemonic and decolonial representations. At this debate, we will have as participants groups and initiatives that have been promoting the discussion within cities of Lisbon, Luanda and São Paulo.
Debate #3 - History and Culture
Sem Ofensa - Ângelo Delgado
Onésio e a Azagaia - Onésio Intumbo
Porto Desaparecido - Manuel de Sousa
Navváb Aly Danso
This debate aims to reflect on the colonial legacy in Portugal departing from its historic and cultural dimension. Therefore, hegemonic narratives and languages are questioned, while anti-colonial perspectives bring forward power relations and subjective experiences that were historically marginalised.