Disentir la historia

Close, R. (Organiser), Anyely Marín Cisneros (Organiser)

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Dissent history was a session of workshops, talks, sound installation, music and conferences held on 27 November- 27 December, 2020, at the Born Centre for Culture and Memory, Barcelona, curated by Criticaldías (Rebecca Close and Anyely Marín Cisneros).

To ‘dissent’ is to contest both thinking and feeling, alluding to the way in which the politics of memory is also a politics of affect. The field of historical memory does not only imply recognising the past, it is also the space for negotiating belonging in the present. This includes what is understood as citizenship and the limitations imposed on certain communities in terms of accessing full rights in the present and projecting socially just futures.

These sessions investigate the material and everyday aspect of memory. They interrogate the archive, museum and notions of heritage with questions inspired by the decolonial struggles and they explore the commemorative role that public space itself already holds. Dissenting History puts the work of grassroots organisations and projects at the centre of the debate because they are doing the work, without necessarily intending to, of caring for and sustaining a shared memory.

The colonial history of Europe is manifested in the present through the migratory control system, in the continuity and resurgence of xenophobic discourses - from which Catalonia and Spain are not exempt -, and it is evidenced by the ostensible promotion of segregation and the proliferation of mechanisms for denying the right to settle. These are forms of control that intensify the surveillance of public space and increase systemic racism.

Against these resurgences, oppositional memories restore the vital experiences of communities who contest the dominant discourse of historical memory.
Period27 Nov 202028 Nov 2020
Event typeExhibition
LocationBarcelona, Spain
Degree of RecognitionInternational