"I am (again) at the crossroad between ethical, political, spiritual and aesthetic forms that I have established for my personal and collective key of action in the world. While (again) in this crossroad-place I find it difficult (again) to name myself as “visual artist”, since when I accept this tag, it turns very difficult to be coherent between the diversity of my fronts of action and the ethical, political, spiritual and aesthetic forms that I have established for my personal and collective key of action in the world that puts me (again) at the crossroad." Suelen Calonga
In this podcast episode, Dumama and Suelen explore the anti-racism work forming the core of Suelen Calonga's poetic, audio-visual archival process. Dumama and Suelen have a reflective and heartwarming conversation about the Ancestral Body Noise process over the weeks, getting to know Suelen's candomble roots.
Suelen Calonga's work is situated between audiovisual, performance, and, more recently, is moving towards strategies of artistic research as a poetic method in order to contain both her transmedia autobiographical narrative and the critique of processes and procedures that sustain the colonization of knowledge through arts and social sciences. Brazilian from Contagem, based in Berlin.
Suelen's website: suelencalonga.com
This is part of a series of podcasts for Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) - a project lead by Gugulethu ‘Dumama’ Duma for Oyoun's curatorial focus EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. She is guiding participants through a intercultural healing incubator on biomythography and ancestral reconnection. The focus is on honoring the remnants of ritual through kinaesthetic and vocal intimacy, engaging the power of a collective creativity developed amidst political and social resistance in a time of social distancing.
Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)
Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)