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Chimurenganyana: The Breathers by Stacy Hardy and Daniel Borzutzky (2024)

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The Breathers is an attempt to experiment with ways to document both the suppression of breath caused by capitalism, and the liberation of breath, or, the mere act of breathing as a form of political resistance to those forces that confront our bodies with what cannot be said, what cannot be seen, and what cannot be done. Through Fanon we absorb the physiological and political realities, and the liberatory possibilities of breath.

The Breathers, then, begins with breath: the occupation of breath; the suppression of breath; and the idea that breath, voice, art, dignity, representation, and historical memory are all intertwined forces. Shared breathe, we submit, can be felt deeply throughout the Americas and throughout Africa, the spaces from which we write.

Within these contexts, the extraction and looting that fuel global capitalism and imperialism have accelerated to the point where the “disaster” or “massacre” is no longer the event but rather daily life. Here people are subjected to conditions of life that confer on them the status of living dead. The result is a fractured and mutated form of life, marked by the physical, as well as the residual psychic and social scars of history and increasingly characterized by asphyxiation.

Yet our shared histories also attest to countless uses of breath as a form of resistance, through music, poetry, choral expression and lamentation, healing practices and feminism.

The Breather’s is thus necessarily a collaborative project, and our voices also exist in chorus with other poets – from Africa and the Americas, who have given voice to how breath has and continues to be suppressed and exploited, while opening up potentialities and promises for liberation that might emerge from our differentiated yet collective breathing.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

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Size: 125mm x 195mm
Pages: 80pp (plus cover)
Printing: blue, black and white
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-0672227-8-9

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