Abdias Nascimento - Being An Event Of Love
“Love is more than just empathy, a consequence of subjectivity; it is solidarity in active commitment.”
Abdias Nascimento (1914-2011) was a story-teller whose mediums of expression embraced as many forms as they could, borrowing the paths at hand to communicate ideas and reflect on the urgencies of his time and place.
Nascimento’s art was sophisticated, politically and socially engaged, while making a point to remain accessible for those willing to be initiated. Repetition for Nascimento was to be found elsewhere, in the recalling of history and the sharing of original myths, in that which was snatched away from a people to whom he dedicated his entire life.
Abdias Nascimento’s purpose was—like Isis once did for Osiris—to bring the limbs, bits and pieces of “the scattered selves,” not to say the people of the diaspora, back together. His practice is gathered around a simple, yet powerful idea: an ideal of love, shared as the ultimate event for which life may be worth fighting for and celebrating.
Edited byAmal Alhaag, Aude Christel Mgba, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Gwen Parry, Ibrahim Cissé, Krista Jantowski, Zippora Elders
With editorial support by Elisa Larkin Nascimento, Elmyra van Dooren, Nighat Mir, Peter Wapperom
Contributions by Abdias Nascimento, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye, Amal Alhaag, Ibrahim Cissé, Sita Dickson Littlewood, Sophie Douala, Zippora Elders, Lélia González, Keyna Eleison, Krista Jantowski, Elisa Larkin Nascimento, Aude Christel Mgba, Goia Mujalli, Kabengele Munanga, Gwen Parry, Olabiyi Yai
Translations by Goia Mujalli, Jake Schneider, Siji Jabbar, Sita Dickson Littlewood
Copy-editing by Ibrahim Cissé with additional support from Dieuwertje Hehewerth
Proofreading by Dieuwertje Hehewerth
Designed by Sophie Douala
Typesetting by Sara Marcon, Archive Books
Printed by Bianca & Volta, Milan
English, 144 pages, 15.5 x 23.5 cm
Initiated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung