BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS: TOWARDS AN AFROPEAN DECOLONIAL AESTHETICS
The conceptualization of decolonial aesthetics[i] is fairly recent, however its points of departure–the epistemic shifts that have been challenging coloniality in the artistic and cultural practices of the Global South–are as old as the colonial system. The defiance of colonialism in Vodou dance and rituals, which in Haiti ultimately led to the first successful enslaved people’s revolution, is a splendid case in point.
What decolonial aesthetics does is to connect these legacies and their current displays to the decolonial analytical model. BE.BOP 2012. Black Europe Body Politics[ii] introduced this theoretical approach to the visual arts in Europe and the African continent with a wide spectrum of screenings.[iii]
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Lockward, Alanna (2013). Black Europe Body Politics. Towards an Afropean Decolonial Aesthetics. In: Decolonial AestheSis. Mignolo, Walter and Vázquez, Rolando (Eds.). Social Text Journal, Periscope.