The Bidjugu always knew how to divert natural saps to contaminate the wells where the colonialists would drink, and that the mangroves encircling the eighty-eight islands of the Bissagos archipelago off the coast of Guinea-Bissau would help hinder access to the shores. Despite restless centuries of resistance, the Bidjugu society lost its last queenduring the Portuguese control of the country in 1930.
In the flow of the deliberately imprecise term Survivance coined by writer and activist Gerald Vizenor, this edition of the New Alphabet School will convoke the concept as "an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name”, as “renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry”. Set up in the Bubaque island, the gathering will bring together the local coletivo Cadjigue and the Karrabing collective in an exchange of practices and living conditions, to expand on concepts of survivance as a medium for investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality and as a ritual for environmental and social justice.
In cooperation with School of Arts at Universidade Católica Portugesa, Porto