Following the themes of the previous editions of the festival that addressed contemporary issues related to the built environment, we will continue to host an open forum for discussion, through personal, collective and global audiovisual stories from all corners of the world. The 8th edition of Arquiteturas aims to reflect on the social construction of space connected with a thread that circulates within its own narratives of domination. Narratives also of identity that is often stolen or forced into bodies.
Against some current assumptions, we see this perceptual paradigm – an epitome of the vision of our times – as fundamentally social, spatial and corporeal.
Architecture works along with administrative, economic, political and structural powers that control, segregate and colonize, actively mapping the spatial territories inhabited by our bodies. Now, to be fair, this isn’t only a grim interpretation of the field, it is a call for actively thinking about our own spectator responsibility as we move through this maze of inequality as direct descendants of exploration of space and bodies.
Angolans have been experiencing extreme experiences such as the achievement of independence, long-standing war conflicts, political bitterness and high economic oscillation. The party never stops, not even in times of hurt. Joy a mode of struggle or alienation?
Each day one wakes up in a Luanda of resistance. The confluence of times and regimes is visible in colonial architecture, from slave houses to tropical modernism, from soft Portuguese to neo-liberalism, through the Asian skyscrapers of the new centralities.
Any Angolan would make an unmissable biographical film.
A country with little cinematographic production that is a hotbed of wonderful stories waiting for a camera to reveal them.
We will feel the pulse of a great African metropolis and the Angolan geopolitical complexities, from Cuba to China.
The electrifying rhythms are the city’s soundtrack.
Africa Habitat Debate Cycle