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Mutual Glances, Mutual Stories: Towards a Black Fugitive Cartography of Brussels

A Conversation with Sorana Munsya and Véronique Clette-Gakuba
Sofia  Dati

The concept of fugitivity, as it has been developed in Black American and Caribbean literature, refers to the history of slavery and the flight of the Maroons from the plantations. As Fred Moten put it, fugitivity is a ‘desire for and a spirit of escape and transgression of the proper and the proposed.’ Sorana Munsya and Véronique Clette-Gakuba explore this concept in the context of contemporary Belgium in the cartographic project Fugitive Cartography of Brussels. At the heart of the project is a map revealing the fleeting and ephemeral nature of Black spaces in the postcolonial context of Brussels.

As it unfolds in the Black Studies and Afrofeminist approaches of thinkers such as Fred Moten, Saidiya Hartman and Tina Campt, fugitivity is deeply grounded in refusal and resistance. It is rooted in detachment from an o…

Sorana Munsya and Veronique Clette-Gakuba, Fugitive Cartography of Brussels, presented as part of the symposium The Act of Breathing: Notes on Fugitivity, 16 September 2023, KANAL-Centre Pompidou, © Veerle Vercauteren