Recent Contributions
27/04/2021    Healing (Faju)
The Medicine Comes from the Poison
Yayra Sumah

In this essay, Yayra Sumah, one of the curators of the New Alphabet School’s HEALING edition, reflects on the role of ancestral knowledge in developing the program and how sharing knowledge can be a cause of re-traumatization as well as enable a process of healing. 

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15/04/2021    Instituting
Black (ante)heroism
Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

In 2018 Stefano Harney & Fred Moten’s friend Dr. Romi Crawford of the Art Institute of Chicago invited them to contribute to a consideration of the Chicago’s famous mural, the Wall of Respect. Dr. Crawford had already been working on keeping the memory of the Wall of Respect alive, and doing so by applying a kind of community-rooted analysis that is in keeping with the spirit of the collective of artists – the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) – who initiated the mural. More about the history of the mural can be found here. Moten and Harney take the mural as a point of departure to reflect on black (ante)heroism. read more

27/03/2021    Situating
Temístocles Machado Renteria: Artistic intervention and the struggle for justice
Liliana Angulo Cortés, Juan Rodrigo Machado Mosquera

Temístocles Machado was a community leader who represented different communities in Commune 6 and throughout the Colombian city of Buenaventura. He was murdered in 2018. Since then a group of leaders, including his son Juan Rodrigo Machado Mosquera and artist Liliana Angulo Cortés, continue the struggle, safeguarding the knowledges of their communities. read more