BECAUSE we can’t stand hostility, violence and ignorance anymore in spaces that should be inclusive, diverse and safe;
BECAUSE we will not allow any hate speech to go unanswered;
BECAUSE our diverse lives are not a little hidden corner in a bookshelf or a niche market;
BECAUSE people of color deserve space in Brazilian genre literature as characters, writers, illustrators, editors and as publishing market professionals;
BECAUSE cis women and trans women deserve space in Brazilian genre literature as characters, writers, illustrators, editors and as publishing market professionals;
BECAUSE trans people including all the genderqueer & nonbinary identities deserve space in Brazilian genre literature as characters, writers, illustrators, editors and as publishing market professionals;
BECAUSE homossexual, homoromantic, bissexual, biromantic, pansexual, panromantic, demissexual, demiromantic, asexual, aromantic and queer people deserve space in the Brazilian genre literature as characters, writers, illustrators, editors and as publishing market professionals;
BECAUSE people with disabilities and neurodivergent people deserve space in the Brazilian genre literature as characters, writers, illustrators, editors and as publishing market professionals;
BECAUSE all bodies deserve to be represented with equality and respect in their diversity, with no fatphobia;
BECAUSE riverside populations, quilombolas, Native Brazilians, people from the favelas, rural communities and other marginal socioeconomic classes deserve space in the Brazilian genre literature as characters, writers, illustrators, editors and as publishing market professionals;
BECAUSE diversity of voices is crucial for the representation and visibility of marginalized people;
BECAUSE we can’t let representation of diverse lives in the hands of a small group of privileged people;
BECAUSE we celebrate the diversity of experiences among ethnical, cultural and religious minorities, and we want all differences to have visibility and representation;
BECAUSE we consider “foreignism” an empty and nonsense term, and we embrace the multiethnic and multicultural aspect of our language with the inclusion of other languages and dialects in our texts;
BECAUSE we summon non apologetical references from North American and Japanese comics, arthouse cinema and blockbusters, emocore and queer rap, from the Movimento Antropofagico to Manguebeat, televised pop culture, from the deep web to superficial internet culture and all interstitial cultures, from Sun Ra to Janelle Monáe’s afrofuturism, Hakim Bey’s art sabotage and poetic terrorism, the Riot Grrrl manifesto, civil disobedience, DIY, from our daily chaos to the immeasurable vortex of the cosmos;
BECAUSE we embrace the native, Yoruba, Hindu, Japanese, Chinese, Malayan, Maori, Greek, Egyptian, Mesoamerican and all regional folklore, fables and mythologies from around the world;
BECAUSE we are not here to please whoever thinks art can be limited by any criteria that is the not the will of the artist;
BECAUSE we talk about our time to people from our time, acknowledging the past and our predecessors, but with both feet sunk deep in the present and with our eyes in a future we believe can be better, diverse and colorful;
BECAUSE the spaceships and the other side of the mirror must belong to everybody, without distinction;
BECAUSE we believe in humor, irony and sarcasm as raw materials for art and as tools against an inhumane system;
BECAUSE our enemies have guns, we have everything else;
BECAUSE art is our weapon.
Jim Anotsu & Alliah & all the amazing people.
January 12, 2015.
Deflagrating Our Explosion of Diversity
Creatures evolve, change and adapt to the conditions of their environments. Life draws its own path, creating different lives and shaping new biomes. The cost of it is that some creatures get stuck in time, oblivious to what happens around them. According to Wikipedia—which we think is the most punk source of information: “Adaptive radiation is a process in which organisms diversify rapidly into a multitude of new forms, particularly when a change in the environment makes new resources available, creates new challenges and opens environmental niches”.
The same thing happens in the world of Brazilian speculative fiction. Diverse people have been showing their faces—their colors, their love, and everything they are—but this diversity is not reaching the fictional pages and the book market as it should. The worlds of paper & screen are still dominated by straight white cis men doing what they always did and re-doing what they always did. That’s why we believe in a way of storming this, making noise with what we have and what we can to change this landscape. We want the evolution of genre literature, embracing all people from around the world and not only a tiny part of it.
That’s why a movement of rupture is necessary.
In the geological record of our planet, the K-Pg boundary is marked by high levels of iridium—a metal that is rare on Earth and abundant in asteroids. This silvery-white layer is the indicator that a comet mega-impact was responsible for the devastating extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period, annihilating a wide range of organisms, among them the non-avian dinosaurs; allowing the irradiation of mammals and the blossom of new life in the following periods.
The time has come to get our hands dirty with iridium and incrust a new mark in our generation.
It’s time for a new explosion of diversity—to let the dinosaurs of prejudice, hate speech, and ignorance, be reduced to dust in their fossilized strata; and to open spaces for an irradiation of new creations.
People may try to discourage you and diminish you, but we believe that the world is made when a group of awesome people get together to create. We believe that speculative fiction can be a tool to unite people—that fantasy can show other magic and other looking glasses, that the spaceships can bring people in contact with one another on Earth before making contact with other planets.
The Manifesto Irradiativo is for everybody that ever wanted to be accepted, so you know that representation matters.
You are the reason we’re here.
Jim Anotsu & Alliah.
January 12, 2015.
Take a look at the Cartazes page to get some images you can share to spread the message of this manifesto.