Léopold Lambert (Editor)
29.7 x 21 cm, 60 pages, color, saddle stitch, softcover
Welcome to the 34th issue of The Funambulist, an internationalist issue for the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune.
The Paris Commune and the World constitutes an attempt to extract this 150-year-old revolutionary event from the imaginary of the white left to place it instead in a rhizome of similar communal experiences in the Global South. From the 1927 Guangzhou Commune to the contemporary Venezuelan and Syrian communal councils, we discuss the radical change of modes of sovereignty the Commune implies. Female Communardes are placed in dialogue with women of the foundational 1870 Insurrection of Southern Martinique as well as Mexican Morras. The ceremonialized destruction of the Vendome Column that appears on the issue’s cover is discussed in relation to an ongoing decolonial rage against monuments. The barricade, inseparable from the Paris Commune, is the object of an architecture analysis. Last but far from least, we take a walk in Paris’ working-class neighborhoods to exhume their political layers from the Paris Commune to today’s antiracist activism.