Radical Pedagogies is a long-term research-practice project based on artistic and research residencies in Poland, Europe and Latin America.
It comes from the urgent need to rethink the mission of contemporary art institution with the conviction that the transdisciplinary and transnational alliances of artists, curators, educators, researchers and activists and our engaged creative collaborations, from both within and outside art institutions, can serve as a powerful tool to fight against fascist-driven forces and the systematic violence they instil.
The concept of radical pedagogy is derived from the theory of Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire, the author of The Pedagogy of the Oppressed. His activity is an example of radical emancipation pedagogy, which bears an unambiguous message that liberation is possible and that education is its indispensable tool. Various pedagogical models were created as antifascist tools and bearing hopes for emancipation. Both in the global South and in the North, thinkers, teachers, artists and other groups have seen in educational practices a possibility for political action and for social and spiritual liberation.
Cycle of events of various scales – including the International Seminar Re–Directing: East in 2020 – realised by the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art and The International Network of Empathic Pedagogies [Red Internacional de Pedagogías Empáticas] will bring together practitioners from various countries, to enter into dialogue and build a framework of thought and action from where to rethink together the radical pedagogies of the present.
The International Network of Empathic Pedagogies [Red Internacional de Pedagogías Empáticas] is formed by cultural institutions and independent agents from Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Spain, Norway and Poland. Together they share a common welfare perspective for social change, and are dedicated to explore the hybridisations and liminal practices between artistic and educational fields. They hold international and local meetings, create study groups and laboratories for the development of community strategies, analysis tools, self-criticism methods and practices to implement in their work spaces and public programmes.
The Radical Pedagogies project is organised in collaboration with TEOR/éTica and The International Network of Empathic Pedagogies [Red Internacional de Pedagogías Empáticas].
- Marianna Dobkowska