Possible Dialogues, Day 2: A conversation between Colombian cultural critic and activist Erna von der Walde, the OPIAC and La Minga Indigena
Extractivism, Deforestation and the People of the Amazon, will consider the struggles facing communities in the Amazon region.
It will begin with the first UK screening of the short film Possible Dialogues Vaupés (2021), followed by an open discussion moderated by cultural critic and activist Erna von der Walde, a founding member of Más Arte Más Acción, an arts organisation based in Colombia’s remote Chocó rainforest.
A conversation will be held with indigenous leaders including Hector Fabio Yucuna, Youth Coordinator of the Organisation of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC).
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The Possible Dialogues Journey:
Diálogos Posibles/Possible Dialogues is an initiative to connect social and environmental leaders, activists, artists and academics who have common interests relating to climate change and justice, but have not had the opportunity to interact.
It was sparked at the end of 2019 by a conversation between Hector Fabio Yucuna Perea, Youth Coordinator of the Organisation of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC) and members of Más Arte Más Acción. They questioned how indigenous peoples’ struggles could be shared in the climate debate and properly considered in climate negotiations that impact on their territories. Opening out these questions with artists and institutions in Scotland with an interest in environmental justice, Possible Dialogues emerged and in 2020 the coalition met online to build relationships, share knowledge and test ideas. It is now a multi-layered creative project that brings together partners from Scotland and Colombia in the lead up to COP26, the global leaders’ climate conference in Glasgow.
About The Encampment of Eternal Hope:
Climate House presents The Encampment of Eternal Hope by Walker & Bromwich – coming to The Briggait, Glasgow, for the international climate summit, COP26, 31st October – 10th November. The Encampment is an immersive environment, forming a central hub for creative fringe activities throughout COP26. Amplifying Indigenous voices through workshops and events that bring together artists, academics and activists from Scotland, Colombia and across the world. You are warmly invited to come and engage in meaningful dialogue about the effects of the climate crisis within a playful, dystopian woodland encampment of giant inflatable sculptures.
The Encampment of Eternal Hope is open daily from Sunday 31st October – Wednesday 10th November, 10.30 am – 5.30 pm
Artists’ / Contributors Bios:
Walker & Bromwich:
Glasgow based collaborative duo Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich are known for their large- scale iconic sculptural works, participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. At the core of their practice is the exploration of the role art can play as an active agent in society, evolving environments and situations within which people can begin to re-examine the world around them.
Organización de los Pueblos Indigenas de la Amazonia Colombiana (Spanish: Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon)
La Minga Indígena:
Minga is an Indigenous word, one used long before the Spanish arrived in South America, to refer to an act of communal work, an agreement between neighbors to build something together: a bridge, a road, a government.
Erna von der Walde:
Erna von der Walde is a Colombian cultural critic and activist who has worked with Indigenous communities in Colombia.
Project supported by:
Climate House, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and SEFARI Gateway