Issue 22: Radiant

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When the World Comes to an End No One Will Be Saved, We Will Rebuild New Worlds

A banner with the phrase “Wounded Desert” produced under the context convened by the Laboratory of Graphic Arts of the Atacama Desert (LAGDA 2021) motivates researcher danie valencia sepúlveda to ask themself about the relationship between capital, freedom and mental health: What if life is not useful?

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  1. Karkará Tunga is an indigenous artist, writer, curator, and filmmaker from Serra dos Caboclos, Pernambuco, Brazil. His text Arte-Vida, Arte-Muerte (Art-Life, Art-Death) will soon be published in Spanish, for which I thank the author for the kind and previous sharing.

  2. As a political decision, I try not to use terms such as Latin America, a term that has historically served the expansion and triumph of coloniality in those territories.

  3. Rizvana Bradley and Denise Ferrerira da Silva https://www.e-flux.com/journal/120/416146/four-theses-on-aesthetics/.

  4. I am very grateful to Pésimo Servicio collective and to those involved in LAGDA for their accessibility and collaboration in the creation of this text.

  5. Excerpt from the minutes presented at the public hearing of the knowledge commission by Laboratorio de Artes Gráficas del Desierto de Atacama (Graphic Arts Laboratory of the Atacama Desert).

  6. Ailton Krenak, A vida nao è útil. Companhia das letras (Life Is Not Useful: Company of Letters), 2020.

  7. I’ll run the risk of elaborating this idea according to the contributions of professor Fabian Villegas and researcher, linguist. and Ayuujk intellectual Yásnaya Elena Gil Aguilar. For Villegas, the mestizo (at least, in our lands) is and has been a metaphor for sophistication, development, and modernity that has been mobilized along with policies of whitening as a tool for constructing models of citizenship and subjectivity that ultimately translate into forms of territorial ordering, cultural policies, linguistic policies, forms of racial stratification, and even the politics of affection and regimes of desire (sic). For Gil Aguilar, who is also an activist, mestizaje is nothing more than the de-indigenization of populations for the sake of the ideological and material support of the nation state itself.

  8. Suely Rolnik, 2015. A conversation with Suely Rolnik / Interviewed by Aurora Fernández Polanco and Antonio Pradel. Re-visiones (#5, Madrid).

  9. Ailton Krenak, 2020.


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