Quotes of Resistance (#QoRxERIF) is both a social media campaign and a set of printed postcards that amplify antiracist voices in contemporary Europe. This project materializes our commitment to diffuse, valorize and archive antiracist efforts and stories of resistance.
#QoRXERIF puts a spotlight on words voiced during our Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance conference, which took place at the end of 2016 at the University of Innsbruck. The conference brought together scholars, artists, activists, and concerned people in order to confront the issues of visual and rhetorical racism throughout Europe and encourage the building of new networks and alliances in the fight against racial discrimination.
One of the main lessons that we carried from the conference was the need to amplify the voices, experiences and exchanges that took place, beyond the event in Innsbruck. Quotes of Resistance makes the content of RTGII accessible to a broader audience and functions as a form of archiving that intensifies the knowledge of and continuous engagement with anti-racist efforts in a European context, where minoritised peoples’ stories of resistance remain poorly archived and valued. QoR is a proposition to remedy how mainstream anti-racism neglects the histories, views and creativity of people of color.
Quotes of resistance was funded by ENAR. This allowed us to work with Burobraak Social Design to conceptualize, design and produce the cards. We would also like to thank Jenny Oliveira Caldas for her curational support and of Yasmeen Chaudry for her invaluable ideas and assistance in conceiving the social media campaign.
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the ERIF team
In July 2013, the founding members of the European Race and Imagery Foundation (ERIF) came together with the shared aim of analysing and combating contemporary negative representations of people of colour across Europe. Namely we are interested in how European understandings of home, belonging, space, citizenship and identity are racialised. We are positioned specifically in a bid to depart from US-centric understandings of race and racism, which do not always necessarily relate to the European experience.
Subsequently, the foundation aims to organize various annual projects as well as contribute to existing projects by other anti-racism organisations. Members of this foundation are affiliated with international universities, cultural organisations, activist groups and art collectives. We are located across the continent: in the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland, although our wider collaborative network spans much further. As members of this single foundation, we are creating a wider, interdisciplinary network of campaigners and thinkers, while combining our talents, experience and ideas to bring about safe, accessible and meaningful platforms.
We believe strongly in working in solidarity with fellow European anti-racism organisations (such as InterNational Anti-Racism Group and Roma Jam Session Art Kollektiv) towards achieving a collective liberation. To us, this means bringing an end to racism via our specific focus on imagery, as well as other oppressive socio-political structures such as, patriarchy, state sanctioned violence, heteronormative world-views, exploitation of natural resources, ableism and capitalism.
Ultimately, we are working towards a new world-order, which emphasises a poetics of difference, where bodies and citizens marked by racial difference can have complex identities and lives that matter equally. This will entail a cooperative, mutually supportive and inclusive societal structure as well as ongoing and active quests for social justice and democratic ways to live together. In other words, radical equal participation in society for everyone.
Furthermore, our vision demands a radical review of conceptualising “Europeaness” by critiquing dominant narratives of belonging, and the analysis of imagery that contributes to the visual culture(s) that communicate what Europe is.
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