Situated in the semantic intersection of survival, maintenance and resistance of the deliberately imprecise term “Survivance” coined by writer and activist Gerald Vizenor, this edition of the New Alphabet School in Porto will convoke the concept as a “renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry”.
Contributors from the arts, humanities and activism will unfold how modes of “Survivance” can produce creative forms for subverting violence in challenging times of severe socio-political and ecological injustice. Moreover, “Survivance” will be discussed from the perspective of the ones often unaccounted for or ignored, both then and now, colonized peoples whose rejection of victimry is articulated with gestures of empowerment through art, politics and collective practices. Workshops, lectures and film screenings will propose ways of operating the various meanings of this concept in our shared present and address the paradigm shift of geopolitics, recognizing the worlds within our world and bringing forward the learning with communities from the Global South.
With contributions from Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Filipa César, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Elizabeth Povinelli, Patrícia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Marinho de Pina, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Sónia Vaz Borges and screenings from Karrabing Film Collective and others
Curated by Daniel Ribas, Filipa César and Nuno Crespo