Launch of Coletivo Afrontosas
- 20.04 2023
- Public Events
- Espaço Alkantara
- Free entry upon e-mail confirmation : email@example.com
Espaço Alkantara hosts the launch of Coletivo Afrontosas at 6.30pm on 20 April
With DIDI, antonyo omolu, ROD and guests.
Iabás by antonyo omolu
This performance evokes dance, gestures and the energy of female Orixás. Earth, air and water represented in a queer body. A commemorative dance of blessing and celebration.
With a DJ set by DIDI
Coletivo Afrontosas is a Cultural Association born from meetings between Black, queer people linked to the world of arts, education and celebration. Its emergence was motivated by the absence of projects reflecting on the importance of queer Blackness in the diaspora in Portugal, in confluence with migratory exchanges from Latin America, Africa and other regions.
The collective aims to be active in five areas: Art and Research; Hospitality and Ancestrality; Consulting and Teaching; Culture and Celebration; and Lifestyle and Fashion Design.
One of Afrontosa’s objectives is to support, promote and publicise artistic and educational production by Black, queer artists, with the aim of creating intersectional spaces for debate and discussion between cultural agents nationally and internationally.
As part of the world’s decolonisation process, we introduce ourselves as the impossible dreams of our ancestrality. We imagine ourselves as ancestral escapes. Through exchange we continue creating new forms of "acuírlombamento" (Black, queer reinvention) and new strategies for facing and escaping the cis-hegemonic structures that still operate over thought, bodies and ways of life.
Hybrid artist who navigates through the waters of theatrical anthropology and who, as a practical-reflexive-theoretical researcher in this practice, introduces himself as an actor-dancer – a definition coined by Eugênio Barba to delineate the profile of the artist who investigates and practices the pre-expressive behaviour of the human being in a situation of organized representation: in Brazil he has experience in contemporary dance, theatre, Afro-Brazilian dance (dance of the orixás), scenic groups from Afro-Brazilian popular culture, such as the congada from...
Di Candido aka DIDI is an afroqueer body in transit between Brazil, UK and Portugal, working, persisting and resisting through the mediums of research, cultural production and performance as a DJ, singer, and visual/multidisciplinary artist. Founder of the creative unit/party Bee, The United Kingdom of Beeshas (bee_lx) at Damas, as one of the first parties which brought #blackqueermagic to the centre of Lisbon. DIDI moves in connection with collectives, artists and makers from all of the diaspora, in cultural projects and creative industries. Also in the production...
Rodrigo Ribeiro Saturnino aka ROD is a researcher and visual artist. PhD in Sociology from the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, and post-doctorate from the Centre for Communication and Society Studies at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Minho, where they are currently researching digital platforms on the Internet and algorithmic racism. They have published in several academic and scientific journals nationally and internationally. As a visual artist, their practice focuses on decolonial criticism. They have participated in a number of...