Dissident Fictions in the Land of Misogyny
This two-session seminar will look at various recent intersections between visual culture and transfeminist struggles in Latin America, as well as artistic forms of challenging the male-dominated public realm of cultural production. This includes exploring the work of artists and activists such as the late philosopher, drag queen and activist Giuseppe Campuzano, who founded the Transvestite Museum (2003-2013), the Maya Kachiquel indigenous painter Rosa Elena Curruchich, and the queer performer Naomí Rincón Gallardo.
Letter to Cecilia Vicuña
Overlapping memories related to my friendship with the artist and reflections on her work, this lecture introduces Cecilia Vicuña’s sharp creative practice in the form of a letter addressed to the artist. The presentation shares my intimate perspective on working with Vicuña over many years, as well as the impact of her visceral entanglements between words and seed, sound and thread, quipu and blood.
Miguel A. López is a writer and curator. In his practice, he focuses on the role of art in politics and public life, collective work and collaborative dynamics, and queer and feminist rewritings of history. He is the Curator for the 2024 edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art. From 2015 to 2020, he worked as Chief curator, and later Co-director at TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica. In 2019, he curated the retrospective exhibition “Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure” at the Witte de With (now Kunstinstituut Melly), Rotterdam, which traveled to Mexico City, Madrid, and Bogota. Other recent curatorial projects include "Sila Chanto & Belkis Ramírez: Aquí me quedo / Here I Stay" en el ICA-VCU, Richmond (2022), “Hard To Swallow. Anti-Patriarchal Poetics and New Scene in the Nineties” at ICPNA, Lima (2021), "And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?" at the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2021), and "21 Bienal de Arte Contemporânea SESC_Videobrasil. Comunidades Imaginadas" at SESC, São Paulo (2019). He is the author of Ficciones disidentes en la tierra de la misoginia [Dissident Fictions in the Land of Misogyny] (2019), and co-editor of The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War (2017). His texts have been published in journals such as Afterall, Artforum, e-flux Journal, Art in America, Journal of Visual Culture, Manifesta Journal. He was a recipient of the 2016 ICI's Independent Vision Curatorial Award.