The Portuguese edition of the work ‘Plantation Memories. Episodes of Everyday Racism ‘, a compilation of everyday episodes of racism by the Portuguese interdisciplinary artist Grada Kilomba, arrives in Portuguese bookstores on May 22nd, being presented a few days earlier in Lisbon.
‘Memories of the Plantation. Episodes of everyday racism ‘, originally published in 2008 in Germany, where the writer, psychologist, theoretical and interdisciplinary artist Grada Kilomba lives, is presented on May 17 at Hangar, in Lisbon, with the presence of the author, being available on that day to orders on Orfeu Negro’s website, and arriving at bookstores a few days later, on May 22, told the publisher’s source.
The book is a “compilation of everyday episodes of racism, written in the form of short psychoanalytic histories.”
“From the policies of space and exclusion to the policies of the body and the hair, to racial insults, Grada Kilomba dismantles, in a striking way, the normality of racism, exposing the violence and the trauma of being placed as another“, describes the publisher, noting that “Planting Memories” “has become an important contribution to international academic discourse.”
In July, Grada Kilomba will attend the 17th International Literary Festival of Paraty (FLIP), which runs from 10 to 14 in that Brazilian city, to launch “Plantation Memories. Episodes of Everyday Racism” in an edition of Editora Cobogó, with the title “Memories of Plantation: Episodes of everyday racism“.
Born in Lisbon, with roots in São Tomé and Príncipe and Angola, Grada Kilomba has been researching ideas of gender, race, trauma and memory in the context of the current problems of colonialism and postcolonialism at the beginning of the 21st century.
The artist’s work has been exhibited in several international contexts such as the 10th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, Documenta 14 in Kassel, the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo, Art Basel, the Bozar Museum, in Brussels, the Maxim Gorki Theater, among others.
In 2017, he presented the “Illusions” performance in Portugal at the Serralves Museum in Oporto and inaugurated two exhibitions in Lisbon: “The Most Beautiful Language” in the Municipal Galleries and “Secrets To Tell” at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
Grada Kilomba studied Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis at the Institute of Applied Psychology (ISPA), worked with people traumatized by the war in Angola and Mozambique, initiated several artistic and therapeutic projects on trauma and memory, as well as on the work of the author of “The Damned of the Earth, “Frantz Fanon.
In 2008, Grada Kilomba received a scholarship from the Heinrich Böll Foundation for his PhD thesis, which he completed at that year at the Free University of Berlin.
From 2010, she lectured postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis and the work of Frantz Fanon at various universities, including the Free University of Berlin, the University of Bielefeld and the University of Ghana in Accra, and more recently she was professor of Gender Studies and Postcolonial Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, where she has developed research in the field of African diasporas.
The author became known precisely with the work ‘Memories of the Plantation’.