ISSUE 28 - March - April 2020
Welcome to the 28th issue of The Funambulist, Our Battles. For it, we commissioned the brilliant Durban-based architecture graduate Roanne Moodley to produce drawings for five of the six battles featured in it. These battles constitute punctual uprisings in the history of longer political struggles between anticolonial, antiracist, and/or antiauthoritarian movements and the forces of state oppression. This issue gathers only a few of the numerous battles that we would have loved including in it: the 1973 student revolt against the military junta in Athens (Eleni Karanicola & Nikolaos Patsopoulos), the 1976 Soweto uprising against the Apartheid (Terrence Mkhwanazi), the 2011 Egyptian Revolution (Aya Nassar), the 2017 organizing against white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA and Durham, NC (Taryn Fivek & Loan Tran), the 2017 victorious abolition of the colonial Entrada parade in Santa Fe by the Red Nation (Jennifer Marley), and the recent 2019 occupation of the Hong Kong Legislative Council by young protesters (Sampson Wong). As usual, our contributors are not bystanders of these histories of struggles: all of them live with the conditions inherited from the event they describe in the following pages. Four of this issues contributors were part of the battles themselves, and one was even the main protagonist.