Performance lecture workshop by Nivald Acosta
and Edna Bonhomme
curated by Nathalie Mba Bikoro
This chapter eXorcizing colonialism. to imagine a sea not bleeding: spilling injury & coalitions of the erotic focuses on the issues of social reproduction, historical spillage & narration, reproductive justice, and dimensions of solidarity – in particular how traditional notions of intimacy can be reconfigured. In this current moment where there is so much uncertainty and anxiety around questions of infection and injury, how can we re-think practices of care, support, and nurture that do not reproduce the violence of existing inequities?
Taking from Hortense Spiller’s trajectory on the concept of “pornotroping,” we introduce rhetorical investments in deploying the figure of Black Feminist to institute an argument about gender, that in non-intersectional feminist discourses is erased from the political and affective registers. Black feminist fugitivity that itself is a response to Hortense Spillers’ work, these stories spill over in excess, refusing containment or fixity, carried by the tongue, breath, eyes, memory. She locates it as the site of a radical ungendering.
During this gathering, the workshop by Navild Acosta and work of edna bonhomme addresses restorative methods, reflect on the politics of collaboration, and experiment with intersectional feminist practices of healing transmission, resonances, and echoes to see what kind of modes of being together can be imagined beyond existing identities, frameworks and positions.
Most recently, the final chapter ‚To Imagine a Sea Not Bleeding; Spilling Injury & Coalitions Of The Erotic‘ curated by Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Katrin Köppert. Watch here