"It is no longer a question of resuming or transforming a system of production, but of abandoning production as the only principle of relationship with the planet. It is not a question of revolution but of dissolution, pixel by pixel. As Pierre Charbonnier shows, after a hundred years of socialism, understood as the redistribution of the benefits of the economy, perhaps it is time to invent a socialism that challenges production itself. Injustice is not limited to the redistribution of the fruits of progress, but to the very way in which the planet produces fruit."
Bruno Latour, Where to land? (2020)
A territory is not just a piece of land. A territory bears the marks of centuries, of culture, of traditions. And a truly ethical space is not just a physical space, as many politicians want to impose. Territory is almost synonymous with ethics and dignity. Territory is life, it is biodiversity, it is a set of elements that make up and legitimize indigenous existence. Territory is a cosmology that includes ancestry.
Eliane POTIGUARA, Metade cara, metade máscara ( 2004, p. 105)
These words by Bruno Latour about the need to completely abandon the way of relating to the planet based on the logic of accumulation, monoculture and extractivism, as well as the words of Eliane Potiguara are the starting point for the debate that we want to launch, in the field of image and visuality, in the third edition of the Counter-Image Conference, in Florianópolis, Brazil.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused a global stoppage of human activities, resulting in positive environmental changes such as improved air and water quality, reduced noise levels, and increased biodiversity. In response to this, Latour proposes a "return to Earth" that avoids repeating the mistakes made by industrialised Western societies, which have contributed to the destruction of our planet. While some believe that minor changes to production and consumption patterns are sufficient, others, including Bruno Latour, advocate for more radical solutions to address this urgent issue.
Precisely from another place, from the indigenous world that still resists, Eliane Potiguara speaks to us to challenge, in the quote above, the Western conception of territory that reduces it to mere physical space and support for material resources. The writer and researcher of the Potiguara people emphasizes the cosmological dimension of territory, a place of biodiversity and ancestry, in a conception that does not separate humans from other existents (including mountains and rivers, which in Western epistemologies are outside the living).
Since keeping ourselves indoors is not a solution, we need to think about other approaches. The ecological crisis has become today's pressing political issue. See here
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