Program X

Program X

© Pedro Hossi, “Entender o passado como forma de desconstruir o presente e mapear o futuro”.



Program X

Curated by

Pedro Hossi




June 28th | 6 pm




28/06 | 6 pm
Agualusa – About the Power of Literature

05/07 | 6 pm
Isabel Zuaa – About the Black Woman Space in Culture

12/07 | 6 pm
Matamba Joaquim – About Childhood

19/07 | 6 pm
Kalaf Epalanga – About Kizomba

29/07 | 6 pm
Conceição Queiroz – About Racism


The Program X curated by Pedro Hossi will be a reflection of creative and life processes, of identity, memory, representativeness in art, literature, theatre, and beyond. The conversations also reflect issues associated with the liberation movement in Africa and expand this same concept (liberation) to a place of individual freedom. We intend to create a spoken “document” that encourages the exchange of experiences and with that a better understanding of cultural and personal history, in a dialogue between past, present, and future.

Pedro Hossi born in Luanda-Angola in the late 70’s. With 2 years old, he came to Portugal to live with his family. At the age of 18 he started a career in theatre doing several plays in Nelson rodrigues universe. In 2002 went to New York to study in the prestiged Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute where receives a merit award at the end of the course. Afterwards moves to Paris where he performed under the direction of Jack Waltzer. Then he interpreted the protagonist in his first feature film, the film is called “Borderline” and it was shot between Mexico and the US… Followed by “O Grande Kilapy” by Zezé Gamboa, a film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival… In the last 5 years Pedro was involved in a series of television and cinema projects in Portugal and performed also in the film “Sérgio” produced by Netflix with Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas. At the moment he is involved in several projects of Cinema, Theater and Television.

Scientific coordination and organized by Mónica de Miranda
This project is part of the project  Post-Archive: Politics of Memory, Place and Identity, CITCOM-CEC-FLUL
This project was produced with national funding from the FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. under the project UIDB/00509/2020.

Agualusa | June 28th, 6 pm
About the Power of Literature

“Fiction has the capability of bringing people together. When I open a book the proposal presented to me is the integration into that character and that is an exercise of empathy.”

José Eduardo Agualusa is one of the most awarded and highly regarded Angolan writers of the present. In this episode Agualusa speaks about his childhood in Huambo and his memories of the war. The talk approaches the process of independence in Angola and some of the main figures involved in it. We’ve also talked about literature, travelling, his friendship with the, also writer, Mia Couto and how his dreams intervene his creative process.

Isabel Zuaa | July 5th, 6 pm
About the Black Woman Space in Culture

“Racism is very powerful and many times we neglect his power, why is he powerful? Because he finds different connections to act anywhere.”

Isabel Zuaa is an actress and also a creative force.
Born in Lisbon, daughter of an Angolan mother and Guinean father. In this episode Isabel tells us about her childhood in Zambujal and how it was to grow up surrounded by different cultures.
We’ve spoken about her relationship with Lisbon, with Brazil and how Art has always worked as an engine in her life. Isabel shares with us her vision of a fair world and also the importance of breaking tabus and stereotypes. We’ve talked about her projects, her awards and how important acting is in her life.

Matamba Joaquim | July 12th, 6 pm
About Childhood

“Luanda was beautiful, it looked like a place from a dream, maybe because I couldn’t understand the suffering that my Parents were going through, because they kept it all to themselves.”

Matamba Joaquim is an Angolan actor of theater, cinema and television. In this episode we spoke about his childhood and how it was to grow free in a joyful and vibrante Luanda. We also spoke about his career, about Luanda, imigration, racism and the representativity in audiovisual. Matamba tells us about how important writing is in his life.

Kalaf Epalanga | July 19th, 6 pm
About Kizomba

“I’m never tired of praising Kizomba as the most important cultural manifestation that the African community in Europe has produced.”

Kalaf Epalanga is an Angolan writer and musician. In this episode Kalaf speaks about memories and ramifications of war, about his childhood in Benguela and his arrival to Lisbon. We’ve spoken as well about imigration, borders, literature, music and how the Buraka Som Sistema have become a musical power beyond the lusophone reality.

Conceição Queiroz | July 29th, 6 pm
About Racism

“If we think of racism as a structure and a system, there is no inverse racism. I don’t know a system wittingly assembled with laws to damage the white.”

Conceição Queiroz is a journalist born in Mozambique more specifically in Mozambique Island. In this episode Conceição tells us about her childhood between the island, Beira and Maputo. We also spoke about her arrival to Lisbon and how was the adjustment to a completely different reality .
We spoke about family heritage, the incessant search for knowledge and the importance of fighting phenomenons such as Racism and Xenophobia.