Writer in Residency 20-21

Jota Mombaça, Así Desaparecemos [Herein We Disappear], 2019. Film still. Courtesy the Artist.
Jota Mombaça, Así Desaparecemos [Herein We Disappear], 2019. Film still. Courtesy the Artist.

In 2020-2021, Nottingham Contemporary welcomes 'has the fire read the stories it burnt?' , a project by Jota Mombaça and the LABORATORY OF VISIONARY FICTION, an emergent, speculative platform focused on the study of the intersections between political imagination and visionary forms of art, literature and philosophical critique.

Since 2018, the LVF activates diverse formats such as workshops, residencies, reading groups and public programmes. At Nottingham Contemporary, the residency unfolds in a series of intimate study sessions with Denise Ferreira da Silva and public manifestations in writing, collaborative sonic statements and workshops based on the agency of fire in diasporic movements across time and space. Entwining both fictional and historical narratives, visual arts, and critical theory, has the fire read the stories it burnt? fosters non-linear research processes to investigate the interconnectedness of conflicts in South America from the second half of the twentieth century to today. Informed by different historical unfoldings of violence and resilience that resonates both in local and global scales, LVF creates a social diagram in which several temporalities collapse onto each other.

Jota Mombaça is a non-binary bicha, born and raised in the northeast of Brazil, who writes, performs and investigates on the relations between monstrosity and humanity, kuir studies, de-colonial turns, political intersectionality, anticolonial justice, redistribution of violence, visionary fictions, the end of the world and tensions among ethics, aesthetics, art and politics in the knowledge productions of the global south-of-the-south.

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