2020 was a very challenging year. As the pandemic started, fear spreaded even faster than the virus and suddenly, many people felt the need to hoard and defend, instead of supporting and caring.But fear brought also people together, and this situation gave many of us the chance to reevaluate what is really important to us and encourage a big change in our society. As the indigenous climate activist Aylton Krenak says, COVID is a lesson from the Mother Nature that made us stop and think.
It was a difficult year but it was also a year of strong resistance from marginalized groups around the globe Many of us, living two realities, because our beloved ones live in an other geography, submited to a different healthcare system, got the chance to compare the situation from different perspectives. For all of us has been difficult to renounce to see and spend time with our closest friends, but online meeting platforms have brought us together with people from all around the world, people we never imagined we could be sharing a space with and learn a language, or to play an instrument or discuss about politics or sciences. We were able to see that, international gatherings are possible without environmental pollution but also made clearer how communities from the global south are disproportional more affected by the pandemic than the ones in global north. It’s important to note that accessability is not something we should take it for granted and it is a real matter for many of us.The pandemic also forced us to see, that we are globaly intertwined as never before, and if we want things to change, we must reflect on the bonds that tie us together and consider the plurality of voices and struggles in the fight for a better society.
In order to build a network of solidarity without borders, we must take the verticality of the global power relations into account and understand that the hierarchal categories of modernity such as race, gender, sexuality and class affect us in different ways. We, from fclr 2021, we think that decolonize our knowledge, institutions and ouserlves is an urgent and more than needed matter. Since every sphere of our lives are affected by the coloniality, we can’t think of anti-racist work without thinking it intersectionality.
The goal of fclr 2021 is to be a platform for the multiplurality of voices from all around the world and open discussions about privilege and real solidarity. This is a great opportunity to get to know alternative ways of organization, knowledge and production. It’s also a great chance to reflect on our own privileges and use them to shape a better and more equal society.We want to discuss about colonialism and the coloniality of our structures as well as the different effects that coloniality has on our lifes. We hope that this fclr can offer critical and ethical approaches that may help a shift of paradigms.We open the space, and we invite you to start the deconstruction! You want to coolaborate? The festival will take place from the 15th June to the 15th July, send us the event you want to organize, we are open to any online format (presens events are up to you, but we don´t want to encourage superspreader events)
You can collaborate with:
- Online concerts
- Streetart (Installationen, Banner, Fußspuren)
- Digital Zines
- Memes, …
You can suscribe your event in this form until the 15.05.2021 or go straight to the link:https://helper.stura.tu-ilmenau.de/limesurvey/index.php/922241
If you have ideas and you don’t know how you can technicaly implement them, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we can think of something together!