As part of the 21 Days of Activism Against Racism and March Agenda by Marielle and Anderson, in commemoration of the birth anniversary of professor and activist Abdias Nascimento, the Institute of Research and Afro-Brazilian Studies (Ipeafro) holds in Porto Alegre the “Abdias Vive!” event.
During the activity, two books will be released: the black theater classic, “Sortilégio”, by Abdias Nascimento, and “Abdias Nascimento, the Fight in Politics”, by Elisa Larkin Nascimento, director of Ipeafro.
The event will take place next Tuesday (14th), at 7 pm, at Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, in the Historic Center of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. Entry is free.
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The meeting will bring together Brazilian intellectuals and will feature an artistic performance on the released works. The event’s production, script and artistic direction are by playwright Ângelo Flávio Zuhalê, who will also participate in a conversation circle about the books with theater director and cultural manager Jessé Oliveira and Elisa Larkin Nascimento. In addition, the event will have an autograph session and fraternization with the public.
7 p.m. – Public reception
7:30 pm – Artistic performance on the released works
8 pm – Book presentation table, with Ângelo Flávio Zuhalê, Jessé Oliveira and Elisa Larkin Nascimento
21:00 – Autograph session and socializing
About the works
“Sortilégio”, by Abdias Nascimento, and “Abdias Nascimento, the Fight in Politics”, by Elisa Larkin Nascimento, a social scientist and companion of Abdias during the last 38 years of his life, are publications by Editora Perspectiva, in partnership with Ipeafro .
The two volumes address the dynamics between art and politics in the life and work of Abdias Nascimento. Written in 1951, released in 1959, revised in 1978 and updated in 2022, “Sortilégio” corroborates the current thinking of the author, whose creations went from modern to contemporary.
“Abdias Nascimento, a Luta na Política” addresses his parliamentary mandates and rescues the history of the Zumbi Memorial, a national articulation around the recovery of lands in the Republic of Palmares, which led to the creation of the Palmares Cultural Foundation. For Abdias, art was a way to face the urgent political question of the living conditions of black populations in Brazil and in the world.
“Our Theater would be a laboratory of cultural and artistic experimentation, whose work, action and production explicitly and clearly faced the elitist-Aryanizing cultural supremacy of the dominant classes”, wrote Abdias Nascimento in “O Quilombismo”, one of his main works, which portrays that look of the future in our present.
March 14 Symbolism
March 14 unites three black personalities who have made history. In 1914, Abdias Nascimento and the writer Carolina Maria de Jesus were born. On this same day, in 2018, councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes were murdered. Ipeafro carried out a series of activities within the scope of the World Social Forum, in Salvador (BA), around the launch, on the author’s birthday, of the new edition of the book “O Genocídio do Negro Brasileiro”, when it received the news of the murder of councilwoman.
“A leader of that dimension, assassinated on the birth day of two such significant ancestors – it seemed that the universe was calling us to think about life, death and the continuity of the struggle. So, the following year, in partnership with Redes da Maré, Criola , FOPIR and 21 Days of Activism Against Racism and, with the support of Itaú Cultural, we held the exhibition ‘Abdias Nascimento, the Art of a Warrior’ at the Centro de Artes da Maré, in the favela of Nova Holanda, Complexo da Maré, territory where Marielle was born and raised. The exhibition was open from March 14 to June 14, 2019. Since then, Ipeafro has been intensifying the actions of memory and appreciation of the legacy of these three important personalities”, recalls Elisa Larkin.
Since 2009, March 14th is Activist Day by state law in Rio de Janeiro, in honor of Abdias Nascimento. In 2018, the same day was established as Marielle Franco Day of Struggle against the Genocide of Black Women. In 2023, it will be five years without answers about who had Marielle killed.
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Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Marcelo Ferreira
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