Carla Rebelo

An island is a closed form. A closed form geographically circumscribed by a boundary that prevents or severely inhibits any kind of exchange.

The cyclical and repetitive nature of life in a limited space causes time to become, if not cancelled out entirely, at least relative. The island becomes a fortress, a mere rock, a stable, contained, defined and inescapable system.

With these key characteristics of an island in mind, Alive In This Stone is a reflection on the particular poetics of afro-insularity.

São Tomé, 2017

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