The ongoing project Remapping Zurich aims to create an alternative guide for the city of Zurich. A map, an experience, a record – of different histories that intertwine in space and time, where past, present and future meet and the layers of (neo)colonialism, racism, resistance and decoloniality are made visible.
photos and videos by Jana Figliuolo
7.08.21 | Workshop I
Silences, layers and urgencies
This workshop focused on discussing coloniality and its layers embedded in the city of Zurich. The method proposed by Maria Ordoñez (art practitioner) collectively involved people in a live mapping session, spotting places related to colonialism, racism, and anticolonial resistance, drawn from our subjective experiences and daily routes through the city. For this, we used the map from the project Züri für Alli, as a baseline.
We discussed the different forms of colonialism and the way they are embedded in public space and the social dynamics they involve: spots where foreign communities gather, the activities they do and the languages they speak; the areas and communities most surveilled/persecuted by the police; and the places in which both people and commodities considered "exotic" are visible and/or displayed.
11.08.21 | Artist Talk
With the Honduran artist Adán Vallecillo and Swiss Artist Marie Van Berchem we discussed the colonial entanglement beyond Swiss borders and dived into food and agricultural systems, specifically the Cacao and Banana value chain – from production to consumption. We delved into their creative processes, and some of their artworks around those two products consumed daily in a city like Zurich.
18.08.21 | Let's walk decolonially!
This city walk experience was focused on subjectivity and the exploration of the way our bodies perceive and constitute our contexts guided by our senses.
We invited people to walk the public space by imagining making part of a whole body, by limiting or enhancing smell, sight, touch, and/or hearing.
This methodology raised from the notion of Nanopolitics as a practice that encompasses developing and extending our common language, ways of speaking about the dimensions of body, sensation and affect, of inhabitation and relation, and it is above all based on shared movement.
21.08.21 | Workshop II
Unsilencing, unlearning, uncovering
This workshop involved diverse and fascinating people with who we posed important questions and came up with a new set of categories that will shape the outcome of Remapping Zurich: How should we build an anti-colonial, decolonial memory culture? How can we show the different layers of colonialism and racism? How can we disrupt the visible marks of colonialism and racism? How can we connect with the histories beyond the Swiss borders?