Sónia Vaz Borges & Filipa César et al · Leitura do Mangue

06.07.2021 19:00 — 08.10.2021 19:00
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06.07.2021 19:00 08.10.2021 19:00 Sónia Vaz Borges & Filipa César et al · Leitura do Mangue Link: https:///en/gateway-events/sonia-vaz-borges-filipa-cesar-et-al-leitura-mangue

Como Chegar / How to Arrive
Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto


Leitura do Mangue
Sónia Vaz Borges & Filipa César et al
6 JUL – 8 OCT 2021


Opening:  6 JUL · 19H00
Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema 2021

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We studied in the mud. When the water came up to here (gesturing to a bit above the ankle), we would stay there, until we finished the lesson. Then we would go down and walk all through the water to go home. We lived and studied in the mangrove for four years (1966-1969), it was our refuge against the bombings (Marcelino Mutna).
We recently went to Guinea Bissau to research the conditions of the students in the guerrilla schools in the mangroves. Instead, we soon became ourselves the learners and the first lesson was how to walk. If you walk straight, placing your heels on the ground first, you promptly slip and fall in the dams of the flooded mangrove rice field or you get stuck in the mangrove mud. You need to lower your body, flex your knees and stick your toes vertically into the mud, extend your arms forwards in a conscious and present movement. In the mangrove school the learning happens with the whole body.

Our conversation departs from an in-depth research into the militant educational system developed by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) during the liberation process, the 11 year armed struggle (1963-74) against Portuguese colonial occupation and a recurring interest in the imaginary of the tarafe – the creole word for mangrove. The mangrove is an aerial natural architecture, where memory still fluctuates through its root networks and the tidal breath oxygenates a knowledge of resistance in a condition of resistance for knowledge. Here, we entered an imaginary from entangling various converging dimensions: the epistemology of the rhizome, concepts of militant and political education, the teachings of the inhabitants of the Malafo community, nomade archives and agronomical/ botanical notions of the engineering of mangroves.

Leitura do Mangue is a conversation map and a cinematic journey resulting from a collective endeavour in speaking about the nature of the rhizome and its resilience. The mangroves school is not a metaphor for a theory of resistance, but rather the very materialistic organism of sharing and producing knowledge that evolved from an anti-colonial struggle and that takes the very mangrove ecosystem as a place of permanent struggle – attaching roots / detaching roots, learning / unlearning. The agropoetic militant condition is a latent becoming.anente da sua luta – ligar raízes / desligar raízes, aprender / desaprender. A condição militante agropoética que é um tornar-se latente.
Curartors: Daniel Ribas, Nuno Crespo

TUE – FRI · 14H00 – 19H00
School of Arts – UCP – Exhibition Room

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Sónia Vaz Borges
Sónia Vaz Borges is an interdisciplinary militant historian and social-political organizer. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Humboldt University of Berlin. She is the author of the book Militant Education, Liberation Struggle; Consciousness: The PAIGC education in Guinea Bissau 1963-1978, (Peter Lang, 2019). She is currently a researcher at Humboldt University in Berlin. As part of her academic  work, Vaz Borges is developing a book proposal focused on her concept of the ‘walking archive’ and the process of memory and imaginaries.
Filipa César
Filipa César works extends from filmmaking, writing and curating assemblies. She is interested in the fictional aspects of film montage, the porous boundaries between cinema and reception, and the economies, poetics and politics inherent to cinema praxis. César’s research on the imaginaries of the Guinea-Bissau liberation movement, as laboratory for decolonizing epistemologies, begun in 2011 and has been developed into many collective project such Luta ca caba inda and Mediateca Onshore. Her work has been presented internationally at film festivals, biennials and exhibitions.

Este projeto é financiado por Fundos Nacionais através da FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia no âmbito do projecto Ref.ª UID/00622/2020.
Este projeto foi desenvolvido no âmbito do projeto NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-022133, cofinanciado pelo Programa Operacional Regional do Norte (NORTE 2020), através do Portugal 2020 e do Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER).
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art
República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Harun Farocki Institute
"la Caixa" Foundation
Câmara Municipal do Porto (Programa de Apoio à Programação Artística CRIATÓRIO)