Art and Activism in Latin America – year II (2017)

Year II - 2017

ART AND ACTIVISM IN LATIN AMERICA is a Despina project, with the support of the Dutch organization Prince Claus Fund. The project extends for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018).

Each year, a theme will guide a series of actions, including occupations, workshops, talks, film screenings, exhibitions, public talks with important names of contemporary artistic + activist thought and a residency programme.

For the 2017 second edition, the project brought the BODY as its main theme and it ran from May to October. Check below the full programming + pictures gallery.


May and June

May 2 to June 30
“Corpo presente” – studio occupation with artists Lyz Parayzo and Rafael Bqueer.

June 27 / 7pm
Opening of the exhibition: “Os corpos são as obras”. Curators: Pablo León de La Barra and Guilherme Altmayer. Participants: Andiara Ramos, Ana Matheus Abbade, Aleta Valente, Anitta Boa Vida, Bruna Kury, Camila Puni, Carlos Motta, Collective Xica Manicongo, Eduardo Kac, Fabiana Faleiros, Fabio Coelho, FROZEN2000, Gabriel Junqueira, Kleper Reis, Lampião da Esquina, Lyz Parayzo, Maurício Magagnin, Matheus Passareli, Nathalia Gonçales, Odaraya Mello, Raquel Mützenberg, Ricardo Càstro, Tertuliana Lustosa, Turma Ok, Uhura Bqueer, Vagner Coelho, Ventura Profana & Jhonatta Vicente, Victor Arruda, Vinicius Rosa, Vítor Franco and Xanayanna Relux.


July 1 / 10.30 am
Workshop on basic principles of self-defense based on the Muay Thai technique. With Vagner Coelho and Fabio Coelho (part of the exhibition programming “Os corpos são as obras”).

04 July / 4 pm
Performance: “Maiêutica”, with Raquel Mützenberg at Largo de São Francisco and the SAARA area. Feminine subjectivities: about the capacity to be reborn, to give birth again (part of the exhibition programming “Os corpos são as obras”).

July 4 / 7.30 pm
Despina Cine Club (Post-pornography), curated by Andiara Ramos, Nathalia Gonçales and debate/talk with Kleper Reis and Érica Sarmet (part of the exhibition programming “Os corpos são as obras”).

July 25 / 7 pm
Night of naked bodies: naturism. Despina Cine Club presents “A Nativa Solitária“, a film about Luz del Fuego, with Guilherme Altmayer. Fuxicu and cu yoga, radical freedom with Kleper Reis (part of the exhibition programming “Os corpos são as obras”).

July 27 / 7 pm
NAVALHA: Manicure Show with Ana Matheus Abbade, Uhura BQueer, Vinicius Pinto Rosa, Ventura Profana & Jhonatta Vicente, Frozen 2000, Gabriel Junqueira, Ricardo Càstro (part of the exhibition programming “Os corpos são as obras”).

August and September

August 1 to September 30
Artist Residency Programme – selected artists for this edition: Carlos Martiel, Cristiano Lenhardt and Mariela Scafati. More information about them here.

August 4 / 8 pm
End of exhibition “Os corpos são as obras”: meeting with artists and march to “Turma OK” club – a night of bingo and performances with “the best of the house” in honor of Luana Muniz.

August 8 / 7 pm
Undoing queer caravel in the afterlife of colonialism
Public talk with Jota Mombasa. Find out here more information.

August 15 / 7 pm
“Becoming a body”
Public talk with Marta Dillon. Find out here more information.

August 22 / 7 pm
Public talk with artists in residence Carlos Martiel, Cristiano Lenhardt and Mariela Scafati + performance “Lamento Kayapó”, with Cuban artist Carlos Martiel.

August 26 and September 2
Circuits of talks and exchange with several guests. Full programming (in Portuguese) here.

September 13 / 5 – 7 pm
“QueerCuirKuir” – screenprinting workshop with artist in residence Mariela Scafati.

September 14 / 7 pm
Despina Cine Club curated by Cinema KUIR.

September 21 / 7 pm
Opening of the exhibition “Art and Activism in Latin America – year II, 2017” (exhibition continues until 20 October). More information here.

September 26 / 7 pm
“Bala Perdida”,
performance with Cuban artist Carlos Martiel in the city centre of Rio de Janeiro.

September 26 / 7 pm
“Imagens Insubordináveis”
. Public talk with artist Cristiano Lenhardt and curator Victor Gorgulho.


October 5 and October 19 / 7 pm
Despina Cine Club curated by Cinema KUIR.


by Bernardo José de Souza and Consuelo Bassanesi


Simultaneously the body constitutes the essential instance of our relationship with nature and the possibility to transcend it, moving towards what Western civilizations understand as the cultural sphere or second nature. On the other hand, this same body (to be clear, body = body + mind) is always reminding us of its organic and perishable condition, even though our intelligence and ability to overcome limits imposed by biology have led us to invest it with both symbolic qualities and political and moral predicates, as well as attributes external to our initial constitution, namely, a set of technologies that seem to emancipate us – that is to say, only partially – from our undeniable animal nature.

Throughout history, the marks of many successive battles between mankind, as well as between mankind and nature, have been inscribed in bodies and biographies. But from this basic unity of contact with the world, other forms of articulation of the human species followed, advanced structures in our relationships with each other and with the environment in which we managed to develop: groups, tribes, societies and civilizations emerged to form a larger body, able to address a series of challenges posed by the fear and risk of death and extinction.

Then at a certain point in the process of civilization, mankind understood that it could subordinate other men through the power of State, established by the then unequal power relations that would no longer be removed during the course of our journey on this planet. In the wake of these “achievements”, there were many peoples, races, genders and cultures who were subjugated by certain groups in an effort to achieve greater levels of power. And so we arrive at the present stage, when the architecture of human relations disobeys the laws of civility that have been supposedly achieved, bringing us, in reverse gear, to the times when we lived as barbarians, subject to the law of the strongest, captured by the sagacious and insidious instances of biopower.


The body was domesticated. Culture, religion, morality, politics, successive colonizations, gender-norms, prisons and asylums, psychiatry, fashion, cosmetic medicine, virtual makeovers and perfumery alike, have long been determining how the body should be or behave. This body, as a rule, appears as male, white, western, productive, reproductive, efficient, and sanitized. And it is this same body that produces and builds these totalizing historical narratives. The remaining bodies are reduced, repressed, marginalized, criminalized. Those who are born in this ideal body are few, many try to fit in, and there are also those who expose their unconventional bodies in a head on, open and radical manner.

In a world where morality and politics are increasingly linked, what we propose is to shed light on these radical bodies: the black, queer, transgressor, political, feminist, libertarian, dirty, dissident, immoral, perverted, modified, non-binary body. Bodies that are powerful and assertive. Bodies that resist.

We are looking for bodies and rebellious minds that, by not being subject to the domination of devices built throughout history, carry a dynamic and disruptive force capable of unsettling the established structures of control and subordination through micropolitical resistance. We are looking for subject-bodies so that new – more democratic, multicultural and transgressive – narratives are spread, amplified and therefore heard.


PICTURES GALLERY (horizontal scrolling)
photos by Denise Adams, Frederico Pellachin and Raquel Romero-Faz


Project’s conception and direction: Consuelo Bassanesi
Theme’s conception and development: Bernardo José de Souza
Production: Pablo Ferretti
Communication and documentation: Frederico Pellachin
Financial and Legal Management: Clarice Goulart Correa
Selection Committee: Consuelo Bassanesi, Bernardo José de Souza and Pablo León de la Barra

Check here to see the full reprot on the  first edition of Art and Activism in Latin America project, which took place in September and October 2016.