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Cartographies of The Unseen

This project investigates alternative territorial models from the Global South, seeking to reveal entanglements (or the territory as system of relations) across obscured layers of occupation and governance, both above, over and below the ground. A central case in the project is the study of eco-social relations extending through a vertical axis of a contested indigenous territory in the Colombian Pan-Amazon region between the departments of Nariño, Putumayo and Cauca, which for centuries has been the epicentre of ecological and epistemic violence.
For centuries, the Pan Amazon region has struggled with land-use disputes involving the mining industry, illicit farming, indigenous communities and the Colombian state. The region also fosters other notions of proximity and embodied forms of planetary coexistence between many forms of life through indigenous philosophies and inter-epistemic systems of world picturing. This project is informed by situated modes of governance, decolonial sensibilities and creative co-production with indigenous communities, undergoing a process of cultural and epistemological re-calibration, as well as self-determination and territorial control. Therefore, drawing upon indigenous territorial philosophies and aesthetics form the Southwest of Colombia, particularly the Inga, Kamnesta and Siona communities, and using participatory methods this practice-based research aims to formulate: 1) an inter-epistemic dialogue around notions of territoriality; 2) support the co-presence of indigenous aesthetics in the global spheres of knowledge and cultural production; 3) and finally to co-create immersive experiences which can contribute to recalibrate western approaches to territorial thinking, spatial aesthetics and modes of belonging to the planet.
contact: Felipe Castelblanco