Más Arte Más Acción in Kassel – second part of participation in documenta fifteen (September 2022)

We returned in September to conclude our on-site programme at documenta fifteen. These last few weeks, in collaboration with CELA, the University of Kassel, the Colombo-German Peace Institute (CAPAZ) and documenta institut, we organised the summer school “Extractivism and its discontents: artistic and counter-cultural movements” from 7 to 18 September in Kassel, Germany.

The Summer School had with the participation and collaboration of experts from multiple disciplines and fields of research such as Hans-Jürgen Buchardt, Carolina Caycedo, Ximena González, Paco Gómez Nadal, Ana Garzón Sabogal, Erna von der Walde, Angela Schrott, Mateo Chacón Pino, Liliana Gómez, Ana Alonso, Sarah Corona Berkin, Lucía González, Stefan Peters, Marcelo Expósito, Elizabeth Deloughrey, Jan Witthaus, Annika Rink and Regina de Miguel.

We also had exceptional participants, each with an outstanding trajectory in their respective fields of action and/or academia. The artists, activists, researchers, etc., the majority of whom were women, came from different territories of Ibero-America, which allowed us to ensure that the seminars were completely in Spanish and to share the knowledge produced not only through academic research but also through practice and activism.

The International Summer School is an initiative organised by the University of Kassel, documenta Institut, CELA and the Fundación Más Arte Más Acción with the support of DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service, with the support of documenta fifteen and CAPAZ – Colombo-German Institute for Peace. This initiative is financed by the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA). The organising committee was led by Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez, Prof. Dr. Angela Schrott (University of Kassel / documenta Institut, CELA); Erna von der Walde, Jonathan Colin, Alejandra Rojas Giraldo (Más Arte Más Acción), Mateo Chacón Pino (University of Kassel), Rossana Alarcón (Más Arte Más Acción).

Alongside the development of the School, we began our programme open to visitors with “Letting go”, a space guided by Ana Milena Garzón in which she shared with us the thoughts that have orbited the process of writing and editing the book in process “Chocó as School” (temporary title), a compilation of voices that write about the themes present in the last 5 years of entanglement and work led by Ana in Más Arte Más Acción.

The conversation guided by Ericka Flórez’s questions opened the space so that we could go through the changes, difficulties and reflections that the organisation and the people who are part of the processes have gone through. Little by little the space became an encounter between friends who, out of affection and deep admiration, shared what it has meant to become entangled, to untangle, to arrive and also to let go.

We are especially grateful for the presence of Ana Milena Garzón and Ericka Flórez for their generous contributions to this space and to the organisation of our process in documenta. We hope to continue accompanying and building projects and affections that will also allow us to meet soon for the book launch.

Finally, it was with great excitement that we held the launch of the film Postcards from the Future at the wonderful Gloria Kino, as part of the lumbung film programme at documenta fifteen. This event was attended by the filmmakers: Carolina Rincón, Hortencio Palacios, Yaisa Mariam Quintana, Karina Angulo, Manuel David Riascos, David Paredes, Ana Garzón and Alejandra Rojas.

Postcards of the Future is a film composed of six short films made by the collectives Colectivo de Comunicaciones En Puja (Nuquí), Colectivo Puerto Creativo, Yemayá Producciones and Fundación Tura Hip Hop (Buenaventura), which function as audiovisual letters between Buenaventura, a port city, and Nuquí in the Gulf of Tribugá, threatened by the construction of a deep-water port.

Postcards was a project of articulation and organisation, of creation and pooling of forces and resources that over five years allowed us to reflect on the visions of life and the realities of the port of Buenaventura, thinking about what a port could imply for the Gulf of Tribugá. This exercise allowed for a dialogue on visions of well-being and development and opened a space for pedagogy around audiovisual production in these two territories.

After the screening, a round of dialogue was opened with the audience to answer some questions about the context and the management of this collaboration, as well as the anecdotes and personal experiences of each of the filmmakers.

A few days later the film had a second screening in Berlin organised by Elizabeth Gallón and other Colombian colleagues at the ACUD MACHT on 22 September. We are very grateful for the management of this space for the screening and we hope to continue planning future screenings and of course the launch in the Pacific.

The next day after the launch of Postcards from the Future at documenta fifteen we celebrated with a vichera at the MAMA Doc Space, which was also the farewell of the Más Arte Más Acción team from Kassel. We shared music, food, viche and danced with the guests of Postcards from the Future , the Summer School comrades and our friends from the lumbung.

With this event we ended our official programme for documenta and it was the opportunity to thank all the people who have accompanied us on this journey. We hope that this journey and the experiences we have had will become the future possibilities for the lumbung to continue.

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