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Talk “Visions of war and counterculture”

— with Catarina Laranjeiro, Daniel Barroca, Joaquim Furtado, Manoel Barbosa, Luís Vasconcelos, Marta Mestre and Natxo Checa

Wed08.01.2006:30PM
Galeria Zé dos Bois
© Bruno Lopes

With Catarina Laranjeiro, Daniel Barroca, Joaquim Furtado, Manoel Barbosa, Luís Vasconcelos, Marta Mestre and Natxo Checa

The Portuguese colonial war and African independence were periods of intense production and circulation of images outside the official power. A polyphony of dissonant fragments that contradict commonplaces of the “culture of colonization” is slowly beginning to constitute a new critical material of historical revision.
The talk “VISIONS OF WAR AND CONTRACULTURE” is part of the public program of the exhibition “Alto Nível Baixo” (until February 1) and brings together guests from the field of anthropology, visual arts, therapy and journalism. It will address colonial war and African independence in the light of marginal and disruptive visual productions in Angola and Guinea-Bissau. Artistic, shamanic and ritualistic practices under the lens of hallucinogens and medicinal plants, between healing and colonial terror, engendering processes of reciprocal fabulation, representations and counter-representations.

Catarina Laranjeiro and Daniel Barroca

Artists and anthropologists, authors of “Fogo no lodo / Fire in the mud” (KINTOP Films), a film currently being made in southern Guinea-Bissau, within the Balantas community known for its strong tradition of resistance to colonialism and the “YangYang”, a religious healer movement that emerged in the mid-1980s throughout southern Guinea.

Joaquim Furtado

Journalist, writer, author of the documentary “A Guerra / The War” (RTP) composed of 42 episodes and considered one of the most important journalistic works about the Portuguese colonial war.

Manoel Barbosa

Pioneer artist of video art and performance in Portugal, author of the series ” Desenhos de Guerra / Drawings of War” made between 1973-75 at the Zemba quarters in Angola, and patents in the exhibition “Alto Nível Baixo”.

Luís Vasconcelos

Luis Vasconcelos, social and cultural anthropologist, is a senior technician of the Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction and research associate at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.

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