ESBALUARD #LAP1 BORDERS
In the framework of the first edition of #LAP Laboratory of Art and Thought, which took place between January and June 2022 under the title “Contact Zone: repairing crises”, GRIGRI participated in the development of module 4. “Deconstructing borders, decolonising knowledge”.
Module 4 is based on the complexity of human mobility processes, migrations and borders, phenomena that challenge institutional logics and put our democracies to the test. It aims to address current migratory movements and the real situation of vulnerability in which most migrants find themselves, and how to deal with the situation of economic and social distress of people seeking international asylum. On the causes and impacts, on the right to migrate, on the right to asylum, on the violation of human rights, on mortality at borders and on Europe’s role in managing them, often in contravention of universal commitments. It wants to address the urgency of eradicating racism, xenophobia and hate speech for the health of our democratic societies and the reconstruction of geopolitical relations based on the principles of responsibility and global justice. In short, to rethink and deconstruct the power relations and self-granted Westernist privileges on the basis of which we regulate and order the world. Because we are facing one of the greatest challenges as a society: the construction of a just and sustainable world, where the security, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of humanity are respected.
On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, in collaboration with Yannick Tresor, GRIGRI posed a series of questions that allowed the development of a large cultural map formed by each of the participants’ body-territories. A process that helped us to connect from the different realities that shape us.
– What do they teach us to respond to our own contradictions and to understand the other as an ally to overthrow a system of oppression?
– What do we have to learn from that otherness and other worldviews?