Oproep 3: Digitaal werken in de kunsten

Digital Artivism as a Tool for South-to-South Solidarity

Naar welke uitdagingen voor digitaal werken in de kunsten gaat je interesse uit?

I wish to tackle the challenges entailed in digital artivist exchanges between Global South marginalised groups in Latin America and Africa. The aim is to investigate how digital artivism can be used to connect colonial histories separated by Global geographies of oppression. How can digital artivism capture instances when plural Souths meet? How can these work as tools for movement building?

Waarom wil je graag deelnemen aan deze oproep?

I would be able to build on my previous contacts and experience as a Co-Investigator researching digital artivism in Global South countries as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Networking Grant (AHRC UK). One of the outputs was a digital animation produced by Kenyan artivists to honour a Brazilian human rights and favela activist. This demonstrated the potential for creative exercises - facilitated by digital media - in fostering dialogues between marginalised Global South peoples. Now, I wish to help amplify direct exchanges between artivist collectives in Latin America (Brazil and Colombia) and Africa (Kenya and South Africa). One motivation is the growing emphasis on decolonising education and cultural institutions in many parts of the world, including Europe. Here, it is crucial to create more South-to-South connections, considering how these can be sustained. The project would allow the exchanging of lessons between artists, building shared communication repertoires and digital media knowledge for social change.

Hoe kan jouw werk met deze uitdagingen een impact hebben op de fairness en duurzaamheid van de kunsten van Vlaanderen en Brussel?

One area to be explored within the wider remit of the project is the use of digital artivism as a visibility platform to highlight the crucial and often neglected role of women of colour in supporting their communities in times of crises. A fair new world is one where the arts can be used for sharing the connective and transformative stories of the people in the peripheries of the world. This can demonstrate the power of arts to promote intercultural dialogue, even if this entails revisiting painful and complex colonial histories. In times of uncertainty and despair, this project would send a message of solidarity and mutual support between marginalised peoples. Here, digital arts (particularly digital illustration and animation) would be employed as empathy lenses to seek new ways to interpret our diverse experiences. Finally, the connections created can be enablers of collective citizenship. Artist collectives from vulnerable backgrounds would be included as meaningful contributors to community building, creating a positive legacy.


Andrea Medrado - a.medrado@westminster.ac.uk; andreamedrado@yahoo.com.br