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2015.
Artist book

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2015.
Artist book

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2015
Artist book
EN / Offset / 47×31,5 cm / 16 pp.
1st ed. Galleria Umberto di Marino, 200 copies
2nd ed. Galeria Parra & Romero, 500 copies
3rd ed. De Ateliers, TAAK, 500 copies

When Paloma Polo and Radha D’Souza met in Manila during the summer of 2014 Paloma was working with the indigenous people from the province of Aurora in the Philippines from 2013. The indigenous people of Aurora were displaced from their ancestral lands to make way for a special economic zone for industries to produce exportable goods and services. Paloma’s work as an artist impelled her to ask wider questions about the epistemologies that inform the work of artists. Do artists need an alternate knowledge base that is humane and socially transformative? This question drove Paloma to interact with other social and political movements and scholars who were engaged in development of knowledge for humane and transformative
social change. The project culminated in a workshop in the Philippines attended by scholars from different disciplines, activists, writers, artists and indigenous community leaders. Radha, a writer, academic, lawyer and social justice activist from India who works on resource conflicts over land and water, social movements, imperialism and colonialism, law, science, society and the conditions of the Third World was invited to the workshop. Paloma and Radha met in Philippines at the workshop for the first time. That meeting was the beginning of an enduring and collaborative relationship between the two women. Paloma visited Radha in London on 16 January 2015. There, on a grey London winter evening Paloma and Radha engaged in a lively conversation on a wide range of subjects. This interview is based on their conversations on that day.

What are we struggling for? Why are we unable to speak beyond our professional practices and immediate concerns? Have we lost our capacity to dream? What kind of knowledge do we need to build a just and humane society?