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create a space of dialogue and discussion where, from a postcolonial context, the main Anglo North American theories that have defined how we understand subjectivation and its relation with visual culture, contemporary art, and social theory are problematized.

While pursuing a doctoral degree, I realized there was a lack of dialogue between Anglo North American and Latin American theorist working on the same topics, I then thought of creating a space for exchanging of ideas.

The mesas de diálogo project consist on a seminar in which, after reading the two authors that will dialogue in an specific topic, we come up with the questions for the discussion. These questions are sent in advance to the author.

Thank you  Fundación Alumnos 47 and Fundación Jumex for their financial support for this project.

Mesa 01: Gender performativity, precarity and sexual citizenship

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How is subjectivation constituted through gender performativity, and sexual citizenship in a pigmentocratic context? How does subject intelligibility work in a sociocultural pigmentocratic society?

How is it different and similar to be “gay”, to perform the speech act “I’m gay” or “I’m queer” in Latin America than Anglo North America? What are the cultural tensions of translating these terms and speech acts?

Indeed, gender is a site of agency and resistance. Thus, how to then exercise this resistance in a pigmentocratic system, where precarity is lived most by those with darker skin tones/lower economical social positions? In understanding the tensions and impasses, in cultural translations, how can we think of solidarity between Latin America than Anglo North America? Where is our power to object together the State (United States)?

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Mesa 02:  The feminist/queer/peripheral sexualities body in contemporary art

 

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For this mesa we had a seminar where we focused on an understanding of the body as post-cartesian, that is, a body-being embodied and inter-subjective, subjugated to different power structures ranging from other bodies to infrastructures.

Following the discussion from Mesa 01, we reflected on the notion of queer from its origins in Anglo North America during the 1990s, as simultaneous anti-identity, political movement and theory. We focused on the cultural translation to the Latin American context in recent years, problematizing it as an academic privilege, and as an Anglicism with no power of citational iteration in Spanish. Thus, during the seminar we deliberated on what worked and what didn’t work about the notion of queer for our academic work and everyday life.

We concluded that queer worked as a methodology to understand the body as a potential vehicle for political mobilization, as much in contemporary art as in migrational dislocation.

 

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