The title Meia-
Inspired by the night, the curators will explore different territories with the aim of developing the concept of fluidity of thought, searching to find possibilities beyond the dichotomies that have been, and continue to be, violently imposed by Western culture. At Anozero’21–22 Meia-
« The Joanine Library— pearl of the Baroque and a treasure of the University of Coimbra—as built as an imperialist gesture that aimed to encapsulate knowledge and flaunt colonial dominion. This fortress of knowledge (and power) is also the refuge of a small colony of bats that found there the ideal conditions to set up a house. Under the cover of the nightly silence, the bats prey on the insects and larvae that would otherwise munch through the library’ 55,000 books. The night is their time of freedom, the moment when they come out of their hiding places and start working on the conservation of our shared estate. For us, the fact that there are bats living in the Joanine Library was a spark that triggered a cascade of thoughts. We hope that they can offer the same inspiration to everyone that visits the Biennial.
In our critical idealization of Meia-
The university is, pre-
Our intention was to free ourselves from the narratives and normative dualism of modern thought that fracture our contemporary society and produce an imbrication of discriminations: racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, to name just a few. With this in mind, we applied methodologies that help us to experiment with creative, unexpected, and marginal modes of knowledge production. We placed the eyeglasses of these Coimbra bats over our feminist ones and invited a group of artists to share their artistic and critical tools with us. Tools that multiply and connect worlds, that come from some existing place after the patriarchy: tools of the future.
Inspired by the night, this proposal for Anozero’1-
The program of Anozero Biennial develops the central theme and exhibition into three more areas of dialogue between artists, and between artists, local communities, and visitors: Activation, Publishing, and Converging. The Activation Program promotes conversations between different communities, through mediated activities such as guided tours, workshops, and open classes. Publishing is of high relevance in the Biennial, comprising a catalogue edited in two parts: a first, with texts, dreams, and reflections about Anozero and its artists, and a second, which will consist of a visual essay that documents the works created and presented in Meia-
Anozero—oimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art is an initiative of the Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra. It is organized in conjunction with the Coimbra City Council and the University of Coimbra and was first presented in 2015. Its prime goal is to foster reflection around the circumstances that led to the University of Coimbra—lta, and Sofia being classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. This fourth edition of the Biennial is one of the highlights of the France-
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