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Can bodies of experience and of testimony speak?

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 24.06.2016

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: (COUNTER)TROPICAL Season Ending



Can bodies of experience and of testimony speak and construct valid meanings and knowledges of the world? What practices of thinking and of knowing the silencing of the colonial racialized subject have produced, constructing it like ignorant? How does the impertinent speaking, relentless and collective of those considered without knowledge produce epistemic rebellion which restitutes their place as “bodies of knowledge”?


Starting from those generating questions we will develop a dialogue to collectively think the possibility of coalitions much beyond the frontiers between racialized people and their projects and counter-hegemonic epistemologies. It is an invitation to think the possibility of a transgressing alliance between historical experiences, learnings and contributions between non-white people/communities with the objective to identify epistemic ruptures and practices that allow us to endorse processes of decolonization and de-eurocentrism.






Bodies of Knowledge - Multiplying Marginalised Subjectivities of Utopia through Art and Storytelling


“Knowledge rooted in experience shapes what we value and as a consequence how we know what we know as well as how we use what we know.” (Bell Hooks)


The focus of this project is to utilise art to pose questions, awaken minds, connect people, ideas and political struggles, to remember and remind. With the tools of artistic collective production, activism and storytelling, we intend to make decolonial works, strategies and afro-futuristic perspectives visible. Bodies of Knowledge is a project by Njideka, Stephanie Iroh and Marissa Lôbo. It is sponsored by SHIFT 2015



Yuderkys Espinosa Miñoso is a thinker, activist, essayist and teacher committed to the radical–movementists flows against racism, (hetero) patriarchy and colonialism. Born and raised in an Afromestizo family of the poor neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she has lived as a migrant thirteen years in Argentina and now in Colombia. From there she mobilizes and runs through the territory of Abya Yala, committed to a project of political formation, and to the development of a critical, anti-racist, decolonial, Latin American feminist thinking. One of those who very early welcomed the proposal of Maria Lugones on the development of a decolonial feminism, she ended up becoming one of its main references in Latin America.




Marissa Lôbo, born 1975 in Brazil, she lives for 15 years in Europe. After being in Italy and Portugal Marissa Lôbo now is for 12 years in Austria. She was for many years the coordinator of the cultural department of the association maiz ( a self-organization of migrants, where she creates projects between cultural and political education, trying to programmatically connect politics, education and the arts. In this context, there were several, often performative works created. Since 2008, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in the postconceptual art class. Since 2014 she is Phd  in Philoshopie student in the same institution and co-cordinator of  the project Bodies of Knowledge together with Njideka Stephanie Iroh funded by SHIFT.




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