C& América Latina: I am interested in thinking beyond your individual creation, that’s why I’d like to know more about your collective process and for you to take advantage of this space to tell us a little about what you are doing.
Colleen: Our collective processes are something very powerful and important in two senses; first, in the sense that we are the collective: Collen, Julia, Jasmín, and Lina, but also that the collective work we do is with other Afro-descendant artists as well as the members of our community who are not necessarily artists. So, our art is also political, and we are interested in talking about those processes in that sense.
Jasmín: We are currently working remotely, and we are in different countries. I am in Brazil, Colleen in the United States, and Julia and Lina are in Argentina. At one time we were all together in Argentina, and although we are all on different paths in our lives, we have remained a tight-knit group. Long before we were forced to work remotely in the pandemic, we had already begun the process because of changing countries. What surprised me, since I was already working with other groups, was the way we managed to maintain our non-hierarchical, very horizontal configuration, even remotely. For example, we had the opportunity to lead an artistic residency, even though the four of us were not in the same place as where the residency was. Over the past few years, we have been learning how to make this collective work, bringing together the experiences and cultures of the places where we are, with a very unique place which in my case is a diasporic space, to a virtual quilombo, not in the technological sense, but in the spatio-temporal sense. And that is something that surprised me as someone who works with art, that everything happened so naturally.