OPEN CALL AGAINST FASCISM


Curators: Bia Bittencourt, Diego Posada and Lior Zalis
June, 2019

An open call to send books or book projects to build a mobile library that begins within the PrintRoom space in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The worldwide rise of the far-right is not a uniform phenomenon. Each one of these political movements, in their contexts, has particular characteristics. Therefore, they must be attended in their peculiarities so that we can study, understand and elaborate them. However, it is also inevitable to consider the global environment that allowed the consolidation of these authoritarian policies, as well as the common aspects between them. It’s necessary to understand how a form of government that has spread over the globe,and produced the environment for this type of government to flourish, appears as a desirable alternative and a legitimate political horizon as a response to global and local problems.

The search for the root of these movements rising in different spaces is faced with the urgency of not only understanding, but also being able to develop tactics to confront, resist and build alternatives. We can highlight some analysis that have been carried out in different areas of knowledge. American thinker Wendy Brown observes from North America how the people’s sovereignty of democracies is undone and a form of "authoritarian freedom" emerges. Meanwhile, on the other side of the border, in Tijuana, Sayak Valencia brings light to the B side of neoliberalism, a "gore capitalism"; a concept wherewith he shows that crime and violence are part of the global economy. From Africa, Achille Mbembe shows how necropolitics is a form of government that no longer focuses on the administration of life, as biopolitics, but of death; thus, war, violence and the state of siege become permanent to ensure the continuous extraction of resources from historically colonized territories.

Are these new ways of conceiving the right-wing? If there is a recapture of forms and aesthetics of 20th century fascism, how can we question the historical, social, economic and political conditions that allowed the emergence of these authoritarian political phenomena in the past and present? How can we characterize and name the governments and authoritarian tendencies that have expanded in all spheres of society? Is fascism a category of analysis sufficiently adequate for the current boom of far-right parties at a global level?

Before this context, we seek images, texts, materials and knowledge from different disciplines in order to read the present in the context of its emergence, construction and development. To understand, therefore, how authoritarianism and neoliberalism are structured, function and, above all, gain at many levels of political life. We want to think about fascism —or whatever you want to call it — to expose, give it visibility and dissect it. Understand, at last, how it gains life and survives.

Thus, we invoke this reflection to be able to react against it. Arm ourselves with the imaginary, vocabulary and concrete experiences to rethink concepts and practices that mobilize the bodies, spaces, policies and images that help legalize the different presents crossed by this authoritarian, neoliberal and fascist emergence. This call invokes the inventory of words and images that can offer other ways of understanding this aesthetic-political praxis today.



Livro de Carne, Artur Barrio (1978-1979), Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

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