Fighting over the Archive: Politics and Practice of the Art World in Angola

  • Suzana Sousa ISCTE-UL


If the ambivalent figure of the nation is a problem of its transitional history,
its conceptual indeterminacy, its wavering between vocabularies, then
what effect does it have in narratives and discourses that signify a sense of
‘nationness’: the heimlich pleasures of the heart, the unheimlich terror of the
space or race of the Other; the comfort of social belonging, the hidden injuries
of class; the customs of taste, the powers of political affiliation; the sense
of social order, the sensibility of sexuality; the blindness of bureaucracy,
the strait insight of institutions; the quality of justice, the common sense of
injustice; the langue of the law and the parole of the people.