The Invisible City: Existence and Resistance in the peripheries of Lisbon

I co-authored this piece on resistance in the peripheries of Lisbon with urban scholar & activist Antonio Brito Guterres. The idea was to concentrate on the inventive forms of resilience that have developed on the edges of the city, areas that have been at best neglected and worst actively violated by the State over decades. The full piece (in English) is here: https://thefunambulist.net/articles/the-invisible-city-existence-and-resistance-in-the-peripheries-of-lisbon-by-ana-naomi-de-sousa-antonio-brito-guterres If you’d like to receive a PDF of the piece, please contact me by email   Read more

Behind The Scenes at Belgium’s African Museum

  Feature article originally commissioned by Al Jazeera English on the modernisation of Belgium’s “Musee Royale de l’Afrique Centrale”, the museum originally created as a propaganda showcase for King Leopold II. The article and images are based on repeated visits to the museum in 2010 (before the modernisation was announced), 2011 (shortly before it closed) and 2017 (before reopening). FULL ARTICLE IN ENGLISH: http://www.buala.org/en/ill-visit/behind-the-scenes-at-the-museum  VERSAO EM PORTUGUES: http://www.buala.org/pt/vou-la-visitar/nos-bastidores-do-museu  Read more

Should Berlin’s African quarter be renamed?

Feature article for The Guardian on Germany’s brutal colonial history and the issues of memory and memorials in the city of Berlin. FULL ARTICLE IN ENGLISH: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/apr/04/germanys-other-brutal-history-should-berlins-african-quarter-be-renamed VERSAO EM PORTUGUES NO BUALA: http://www.buala.org/pt/cidade/a-outra-historia-brutal-da-alemanha-deve-o-quarteirao-africano-de-berlim-ser-renomeadoRead more

The Portuguese denied citizenship in their own country

Feature article on institutionalised racism, urbanism and nationality law in Portugal, focusing on Portugal’s Afro-descendent communities. Read the full article here:        http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/portuguese-denied-citizenship-country-170302084810644.html   (photo courtesy of Antonio Brito Guterres) (photo courtesy of Antonio Brito Guterres)  Read more

Fidel Castro’s African legacy: Friendship and freedom

Analysis Article commissioned for Al Jazeera English – original published here  Fidel Castro’s African legacy: Friendship and freedom Analysis: Cuba’s decades-long involvement in Africa has left a disputed and complicated legacy. Fidel Castro was the enduring face and voice of a Cuban internationalism forged at the height of the Cold War and still widely misunderstood by the global North. In 1969, during a meeting with the Chilean foreign minister Gabriel Valdes, Henry Kissinger – who would later become the US secretary ofRead more

Campus in Camps: Architecture, Exile and Resistance

“Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.” Edward W. Said   For the first issue of Real Review, a new architecture literary review, I wrote about the Campus in Camps programme in Palestine, conceived and run by Alessandro Petti and SandiRead more

The legacy of the Cold War in Africa

Review Article commissioned for Al Jazeera English – original published here  ‘Red Africa’: From a generation of cinematographers to the end of apartheid – Africa, Cuba and the Soviet Union Though often absent from retellings of the Cold War, the interventions and alliances conceived in Southern Africa between the 1960s and 1980s, had a profound and sometimes devastating impact. Newly independent nations such as Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) provided the stages for some of the most bloodyRead more

Reflecting on Rebel Architecture

Conversation with the Portuguese architect, Paulo Moreira, for the Jornal Arquitectos, orignally published here REBEL ARCHITECTURE PAULO MOREIRA / ANA NAOMI DE SOUSA  Eyal Weizman, The Architecture of Violence, directed by Ana Naomi de Sousa Rebel Architecture is a series of six 25-minute television documentaries, produced by Al Jazeera TV. The films present “activist” and “rebel” practices undertaken in situations of environmental, economic or urban crisis. They accompany professionals who use architecture to intervene in their social and political context. OneRead more

Death in the city

Article commissioned for Guardian Cities – originally published here Death in the city: what happens when all our cemeteries are full? Lack of space and soaring costs are familiar problems for anyone who lives in a city. From London to New York to Hong Kong, many are crammed into micro-apartments that cost hundreds of pounds or dollars a month to rent, unsure when they will be able to afford a more permanent abode. And it may be a similar story when they die,Read more