Rosana Sancin

Artists in Residence
18.11.2015 - 18.12.2015

Rosana Sancin is a Berlin-based artist, curator, researcher, film-programmer and writer. She has been interested in decolonial aesthesis, antropofagia, tropicality, (cre-lazer)creolization, black feminism, unstable and migratory artistic positions, non-Western theory and creative and social positions emerging from the “global south”. Her projects up to date include “One World in Relation” and “Border Dwellers”, both a research, exhibition and publishing projects with decolonial agenda. Currently she is working on three intertwined projects that digg deep into the “art plantations of modernity” and require some travelling to South America, Caribbean, and South Asia. Rosana received a full scholarship by Independent Curators International (New York) and is currently part of their network. She recently joined Curatorial Bureau, an art initiative by Cuban curator and artist Dermis Leon, based in Berlin. She has been publishing her thoughts on art on blog Societe Anonyme since 2009 (

During her research-based residency in Rio de Janeiro, she explored the term ‘antropofagia’, which means in other words colonialism. From the enigmatic figure of Escrava Anastacia, who is believed to have resisted the master, to quilombos (maroon settings) and spiritual revolutions (candomblé). From ‘Manifesto antropofago’, written by poet Oswaldo de Andrade, and creative practices that incorporate the revolt (Helio Oiticica) or healing (Lygia Clark) to Suely Rolnik’s ‘antropofagic subjectivity’ and most recent artistic and theoretical positions that use ‘antropofagia’ as a method to fight the dominant culture and ‘eat Europe’, like the organization for and by migrant women, MAIZ, and the artist Marissa Lôbo.

While her stay in Rio had no fixed outcome and the project itself had no pre-defined format or media and it was in a way eat-able and digest-able, Rosana immersed herself in the city daily-life, connected with artists to build long-term relationships and recorded conversations related to her research on the way.


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