Sobre a casa ( mar ) lar + Memory, Identity and Representation – The Black Presence in Portugal

Nádia Yracema, Sónia Vaz Borges, Cristina Roldão

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Nádia Yracema
Sobre a casa ( mar ) lar.

An ode to the crowns that nourish us every time we enter the sea.  The house as water. Possibility. Movement. Rescue of voices that were not lost in the immensity of the sea. Voices of yesterday, today, here and now. Charged with salt. Floating, endless islands.

Born on the 3rd of July in Luanda, Angola, Nádia Yracema started her training at the University Theatre, TEUC, and completed the training course in the academic year 2007-2008. At the same time she attends a law degree at the University of Coimbra. In 2012 he enters ESTC/ Actors Branch. After completing academic training she has worked frequently as actress in theatre, where she collaborated with national and international directors. She is an active participant in several social organisms that promote collaborative work in the areas of cinema, theatre, and performance. In 2018 she joins the international project École de Maîtres.


Memory, Identity and Representation – The Black Presence in Portugal
Conversation with Sónia Vaz Borges and Cristina Roldão

Conversation between two researchers who will speak about their historiographical work and biographical experience in Portugal. Cristina Roldão will highlight her work on the black movement at the beginning of the 20th century whilst Sónia Vaz Borges will introduce her research on the next generation, on the liberation movements, PAIGC. Both will discuss their own experiences in the post-independence period up to the present time. As such, they give an account of the long history of black presence and resistance in Portugal (deep time) and its challenges and future scenarios (mirages). Daughters of the dawn and of the margins of post-colonial Portugal, Roldão and Vaz Borges reflect on their autobiography within the framework of a silenced secular black history. This conversation intends to fight amnesia, weaving memories and utopias of deep time and in order to dream other futures.

Cristina Roldão is a sociologist, invited professor at ESE-IPS and a researcher at CIES-IUL. Social inequalities at school are her main field of research, with a particular focus on the processes of exclusion and institutional racism that affect Afro-descendants in Portuguese society. These issues were addressed in her doctoral thesis and in research to which she contributed, such as “African School Pathways for Young People (PALOP) Accessing Higher Education” (2015). She was a member of the coordination section “Classes, Inequalities and Public Policies” at the Portuguese Association of Sociology. In addition to the academic space in stricto sensu, she has participated in the external evaluation of programs such as the Escolhas Program (2006/07) and “Territórios Educativos de Intervenção Prioritária” (2010/11); in prospective studies like the project “Impacts of the Reduction of the Number of Students / Class” (2017); she was a member of the initial team of the Observatory for the Pathways of Secondary School Students (2006/09); and has participated in the broad public debate on racism and ethnic-racial inequalities in Portuguese society.

Sónia Vaz Borges is a militant interdisciplinary historian, social and political organizer. She holds a B.A. in Modern and Contemporary History, Politics and International Affairs from ISCTE -University Institute of Lisbon, and a M.A. in African History from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Humboldt University of Berlin, and a postdoc from the Center for Place, Culture and Politics (CPCP) at the Graduate Center City University of New York. She is the editor of the booklets “Cadernos Consciência e Resistência Negr”a (2007-2011) and author of the book “Na Pó di Spéra. Percursos nos Bairros da Estrada Militar, Santa Filomena e Encosta Nascente” (2014). Along with filmmaker Filipa César, Sónia Vaz Borges co-authored the short film “Navigating the Pilot School” (2016). Sónia Vaz Borges lives in Berlin and is a researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and is currently working on a new project and a second film together with Filipa César.

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– 25.09.2022
Mirages and Deep Time
Mónica de Miranda
Azu Nwagbogu
Avenida da Índia Gallery