“For the striptease of art”
Body and poetry, gender activism and other poetic-political networks
Since more than a decade ago, Fer Nogueira has been researching institutional and personal archives. Some of these archives were constituted by marginalized artists, who have not circulated so easily in official artistic venues. Their compromise and, consequently, their artistic production was linked with forms of denouncing during the 60s, 70s, and later in Latin America.
In those decades, many countries in the region were facing military dictatorships supported by the United States. These repressive regimes tried to sweep any possibility of militancy, dissident thought, criticism or poetic-political activism. Nevertheless, from the 80s the focus of repression changed apparently taking as primary target those who represented a sort of difference to the military ideal of homogeneity, predictability, reproduction of patriarchy and heteronormativity.
The project “For the Striptease of Art: body and poetry, gender activism and other poetic-political networks” call for the visibility of a complex network of creative initiatives that pushed a process of political transformation of the subjectivities through the deconstruction of fixed identities. It seeks to imagine an (im)possible genealogy for the aesthetic actions and projects that today ‘cannibalize’ the popular folk repertoire, multiple cosmologies, radical and emancipatory pedagogies, trans-feminist struggles, post-Marxist critique, queer theories and movements in Brazil and Latin America.
In dialogue with some other specific initiatives all over the world, the project looks for mapping this panorama recovering some artistic and social practices that challenged the conservative subjectivity injected by that military regime in the social body. At the same time, it is an attempt to question the canonic local history of art based on mere repetition, in which key features such as “well-donism”, “beauty”, “aestheticism” were responsible for a tacit censorship over those artistic activisms.
The project seeks to (re)articulate and (re)tell the story of artworks, projects and poetic actions that contributed to breaking down certain inertia, which inherently supported the repressive status quo. Therefore, not only the post-colonial and queer theories, central lines of the PhD-in-practice program, are considered here, but those theories produced by the practices themselves.
The general expectation is to allow a collaborative theoretical and practical experimentation that can help confront the logics of gender exploitation, oppression, and discursive exclusions.
Eduardo Kac, Pornograma 2 (Hic et ubique), 1981b/w photo, 49 x 73 cm, Courtesy Eduardo Kac Archive (Chicago, USA)
Fernanda Nogueira is a researcher, translator and literary critic. S/he has a Master’s degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Sao Paulo and in Museums Studies and Critical Theory from the Independent Studies Program at MACBA (Barcelona). Since 2008 s/he is member of Southern Conceptualisms Network (RedCSur).