On the Space of Imaginations and the Space of Memories: Remembering the Conakry PAIGC Headquarters

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Spaces used for historical national liberation struggles, such as the headquarters of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, may not exist physically anymore, but the memory of the militants who lived and struggled in them can recreate the idea of them.

Article published in The Funambulist 21 (January-February 2019) Space & Activism. Click here to access the rest of the issue.

Archives and Imagining a Liberation Struggle ///
Space: A continuous area or expanse that is free, available, or unoccupied.

Histories read or told, true or fantasy, always ignite our imagination, and when we imagine, we allow ourselves to create our own version of the story, the place and the space. History books fill our imaginaries with stories of struggles and great battles, political arguments, and military tactics, all located in a certain space and in relation with other places. Images of people in these struggles fill our imaginary with stories, and questions such as:

What did they look like?
How did they dress for the struggle?
What did their smile look like?
What they dream for?
What things did they carry in their backpacks, bags, or purses?
Did they even have one?
What did their house, room, or entrance hall look like?