Issue 19

Planetary Solidarity

02.11.2020 - 08.03.2021

We inhabit geographies that are the result of the incessant flows and rhythms of those dialogues that the oceans, storms, volcanoes, and earthquakes have sustained for millions of years. Our existence is immersed in cycles of endless symbiotic exchanges; geopoetics: vital languages ​​that contain a palimpsest that records the traces of multiple inhabitants in reciprocity and correspondence. In spite of this, we are conditioned to a decaying world that makes its way through compulsive separation: space/time, body/mind/soul, past/present/future, human/nature, civilization/barbarism, North/South, I/others: modern-colonial logic that has hijacked and conditioned the possibility of the Other, in order to maintain a system of division, extraction, and exploitation. What sensible paths will allow an ethics to achieve a world where many worlds fit?

In this issue of Terremoto, we want to spark deep conversations about being together and being different in the context of South-South exchanges between previously colonized countries. Evoking the Ring of Fire that relates Southeast Asia and South America, we place ourselves in a particular geopoetic connection through that ocean that, contrary to the colonial view that named it a peaceful body of water, is in constant movement. Among the waves of the Pacific Ocean, wisdom and knowledge reverberate; premonitions of the possible: a world where the Earth heals because our communities are healed as a result of planetary solidarity. What are the possible paths of resistance and places of refuge in the face of the destruction of the planet? What role do artistic thinking and practices play in this?

Serving here as an editorial provocation, the idea of ​​planetary solidarity seeks to combine critical-reflective approaches on friendship, the common, community and the collective, alliances, and complicities to recognize ourselves in our actions against systems of oppression in their specific forms according to our own particular contexts. What are the consequences of modernity and colonialism that affect our communities’ sensitive relationships with the planet? How to rethink what is understood as difference? In what ways do we recognize ourselves as others? How do artistic practices cooperate in restoring a sensibility beyond-the-human?

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