Project Art and Activism in Latin America announces its main theme for 2018

Ano III - 2018

We are pleased to announce the theme for the third edition of Despina’s Art and Activism in Latin America project, which has the support of the Dutch organization Prince Claus Fund.

At this stage, we are mapping artists, activists and researchers, both in the North and Northeast of Brazil and in other Latin American countries, to take part in a residency programme between May and June 2018. The programme also involves a series of public actions, such as workshops, lectures and visits to cultural and educational institutions.

Our aim is to converge practices that address issues related to the creation of new worlds and hereby the foundation of other modes of organization, forms of subjectivization, production models, exchange systems, remuneration mechanisms and educational methodologies: a path for a transformational existence capable of performing other ways of living, focused on affection and common sharing.

Individuals or groups that promote actions for the stimulation of social changes through a confluence of micro-politics, for which the present residency programme will give financial support, covering expenses for transportation, food, accommodation and production of work.

About 150 professionals related to culture and activism were invited to nominate artists and activists. The Selection Committee will meet soon in order to gather and evaluate these nominations so that the three selected artists/activists can be announced shortly after the end of this process.

Check below a short piece on the theme for this year’s edition. To see the full report (including many pictures) of the second edition, click here.



Dissent and destruction

Like an earthquake, artistic and activist practices, through avant-garde and revolutionary actions, are capable of causing cracks in structures hitherto regarded as unshakeable. Discordant forms of life organization have long coexisted – equidistant, clandestine, or even in conflict – within normative and dominant models.

Given the incontestable failing of current social and political systems, which are still founded on inequality, indifference and injustice, what other forms of survival will be possible from this dystopian scenario?

Based on this question, we propose to articulate connected strategies of action in order to make the overthrow, the collapse and the implosion of the hegemonies possible: to think of new futures.

In this third year of Despina’s Art and Activism in Latin America project, we will look at those who turn discontent into incendiary ideas and everyday conspiracies, having as tools of struggle collaborative spaces for insurrection and configurations of networks of counter-conduct.

Among topics as relevant and urgent as racism, mass displacement, cuir, indigenous extermination, gender violence, fake news, political persecution, normative processes and moralization of bodies, discourses and practices; we will welcome proposals permeating fields such as artificial intelligence, crypto-coins, hacktivism, algorithms, network regulation, afro-futurism, deconstruction of whiteness, legal activism, active education methodologies, community health, alternative spaces and systems of art and culture, alternative agricultural practices, speculative fiction, among many others.

We look for dissonant existences, ongoing tensions, radical positions; not as mere allegories but as the opening of loopholes in the economic, political and social operating systems. Transgressions that offer alternatives to cohabit the present, in full acceleration of the process of the ruins, which we can no longer stand to contradict without counter attacking.


Selection Committee
Bernardo José de Souza
Consuelo Bassanesi
Guilherme Altmayer
Pablo Leon de La Barra

Selected artists in previous years
Year I- 2016 (Theme: Public Space)
Bubu Negrón (Porto Rico)
Crack Rodriguez (El Salvador)
Luciana Magno (Belém, Brazil)
Year II – 2017 (Theme: Body)
Carlos Martiel (Cuba)
Cristiano Lenhardt (Recife, Brasil)
Mariela Scafati (Argentina)