Identidad Marrón's Book
Ana Vivaldi and Identidad Marrón
This book is the product of the work that the Identidad Marrón (IM) collective has been carrying out since 2019 through workshops, cultural institutions, journalistic articles and conversations. In these interventions, we reflect on three main axes: a) the erasure of Marrón (brown) cultural products due to racial and class-based exclusions, b) the practices of representation of Marrón bodies, which are often mediated by white perspectives, c) self-representation as an anti-racist alternative and to produce new forms of Marrón and dissident beauty.
The work gained specific intensity in the year 2020, in which discussions about racism in Argentina reemerged, a debate that draws on the historical struggles of the Afro and indigenous communities and goes beyond the policies of identity recognition.
This book is also the outcome of the cooperation established between IM and the research project Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America (CARLA), coordinated by the University of Manchester in collaboration with the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
The book is a collective production, compiled and edited by Florencia Alvarado, América Canela and Alejandro Mamani, with editorial support from Pablo Cossio and Ana Vivaldi. The book is simultaneously memories of activism and militancy associated with territories and vectors that connect.
This book is also an object which combines texts with illustrations, collages, and memes. It includes photos from the collective's archive, which is under construction, and images aimed for anti-racist critique and construction. The images here are part of a deliberate curatorial work by América Canela and Flora Alvarado. This book object was designed by Neko Leguizamón, an artist, teacher and researcher who is part of the collective. The book is fundamentally a tool with activities and an invitation to take over cultural institutions and more.
Selection and compilation by Pablo Cossio and Ana Vivaldi