It seems that corruption and repression are two common characteristics of Latin American politics, regardless political orientation. Resisting the status quo has been, and still is, a reason to be silenced and censored.
In Colombia after the ratification of the peace agreement, that ended a 52-year internal conflict, there has been reported more than 400 killings of human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia. While the numbers are less alarming, there are also instances where voices of resistance are silenced in Brazil. One well-known case is the murder of Marielle Franco, a popular Afro-Brazilian city council member.
What is the place of artists in this landscape? The arts have played a decisive role in creating safe spaces of resistance and/or political thinking throughout the continent.
- Elbis Alvarez is one of Colombia’s foremost experimental musicians.
- Mauricio Fleury plays keyboard and guitar in Bixiga 70 – a band from São Paulo, mixing Brazilian music and afrobeat.
- Fabiana Batistela is the director of Inker Agência Cultural and SIM São Paulo.
- Deise Nunes is an Oslo-based, Brazilian performing arts researcher. In 2017 she established the company Golden Mirrors Arts Norway, focusing on black women in the arts, culture, and politics.
- Pablo Neri is an activist from Pará in Brazil, with experience from the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) and the Movement for Popular Mining (MAM).
- Oscar Navia, from Cauca, Colombia, is a teacher and activist from the Colombian farmers network organisation CNA (Coordinador Nacional Agrario).
- Moderator: Fabian Mosenson Sociologist, UBA, New School University. Currently lecturing at Østføld University College.
Collaborators: Latin-Amerikagruppene i Norge.