Co-sensing with Radical Tenderness is a collaborative text written by Dani d’Emilia and Vanessa Andreotti, based on the work of the collective Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures, of which they are a part. Initially called “An Invitation to Radical Tenderness,” this latest version was edited in 2021.
Our use of the term “co-sense” refers to a movement of decolonization that involves various invitations, including dethroning the ego, decluttering affective landscapes, and disinvesting from colonial entitlements and from violent and unsustainable systems.
The cards themselves are divided into 5 suites. Each suite evokes a disposition (stamina, entanglement, unknowability, resilience, discernment, layering) and is represented mostly by non-human elements such as light, mist, shadow, thorns, water, trunks, entangled roots, and uneven landscapes.
Each card offers an invitation. To preview the full content of the deck and read suggestions of how to use the cards, visit the Decolonial Futures website.