— Colonized Sexuality2013 - 2020 / Photo, public performance, video performance, research by Luiza Prado
Cultus - Installation
Colonized sexuality is about issues of freedom and individual sexuality, how these are censored in a society based solely on horizontality and whose control historically has been exercised by the state and institutional powers. Touching on topics such as nudity, the patriarchal and the body as a form of protest, two sessions of analysis and discussion of images will be held as a historical reprocessing, as a document of the process making a memory to be socialized. "Colonized Sexuality," seeks to show how Latin America has been built in the midst of a corrupt history of denial, a corrupted sexuality in the midst of social difficulties, and how this entire discourse has permeated the work of many Latin American artists.
Pai, afasta de mim e se cálice - performance art
Stigma - Tattoo
Reprocessing practice through performance - MAC Bogotá 2014
Reprocessing technique through collective performance, questioning the social and colonizing structures about our sexuality.
Each participant was responsible for taking an object that recalled the moment when they learned about their sexuality, most participants had the recognition of their sexuality together with stories of abuse or retaliation about their choices, in action, each choosing one of the objects setting the table, not knowing who owned the object, choosing another participant and starting to build an action, in consequence, other participants helped in this construction of scene and action.
The intention was to show how constructions of narratives that do not belong to us, do not make sense, but at the same time, as we speak of traumatic, imposed and colonizing structures, we are the others.
The completion of all actions, built in community, resulted in similarities and the destruction of such objects, considered colonizing by the participants.
To Curate Yourself
The curatorship (in arts), ia a research exercise witch the objective is to communicate something to someone, selecting objects, and involves to decide what will or what will not be shown. Traditionally, the curator’s image, was assumed by a character who is an expertise in the the isolated theme, and vertically realizes this process. However, the contemporary art, took as its word the authorship of people, the general public, because they are those who make their own trusteeship’s process, through the exposure‘s visibility, connecting to their own stories. On the basis, performative acts were projected to encourage public participation so people can realize the catharsis of your own memories in a symbolic-artistic act, facing a period of liberation and release from these unfortunate events, which became ghosts, transmitting through the object, it as a material support, guiding it to the autonomy of curating yourself.
This work was a follow-up to my work done at MAC Bogotá on decolonization and sexuality. These examples were made based on my personal stories and so applied to other people. The aim was to create a reprocessing method accessible to everyone.
The first attempt to carry out this performance was in a collective format in the city of Bogotá with raped women, but I did not have a positive feedback. The second time was in São Paulo, I have some positive feedback, but the women did not want to expose themselves and present the performance in public. So I decided to present a solo performance. The first action was held in a public park in Berlin. The performance consists of a clothesline where I hang up a piece of underwear and on it write a sentence that had a negative impact on me during an act of sexual violation, rape in my case, and then I wash this piece of underwear and hang it to dry. It is a symbolic act of catharsis, in which I want to free myself of the memories connected to the sexual abuse that I was the victim of. I chose the clothesline because it is a support as well as a familiar, comfortable memory, personal but at the same time exposed. The underwear symbolized sex, the dirt symbolized the emotional scars that I still carry and the act of washing the underwear symbolizes purification. The aim of this performance is to present it collectively with victims of sexual violence, and to make available this act for those who want to perform it in order to create a discussion and empowerment so that other people will feel represented and safe to talk about it.