Macarena Gómez-Barris is Associate Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and Sociology at the University of Southern California. She is author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile and Towards a Sociology of a Trace. She is the 2014-2015 recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, and co-recipient of Getty Fellowship for Pacific Standard Time 2: LA/LA.
Carolina Caycedo’s practice moves beyond the studio, gallery, and institution, and extends into the social realm where she explores systems of movement and exchange, as well as processes of assimilation and resistance. She has developed publicly engaged projects in Europe and the US and has participated in numerous biennials, including Berlin (2014), Havana (2009) and Venice (2003).
Maria-Amelia Viteri holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from American University with a concentration on Race, Gender and Social Justice. Her research looks at belonging and identities in migrations between Ecuador and the United States. Her first book Translating Latina/o Sexualities across the Americas critically addresses the intersections of ‘Latino’, ‘queer’ and ‘American.’
Sala Sergio Aguirre, DETUCH
What future is possible within the context of the expansion of extractive economies and the perception of a binary choice between either capitalism or socialism on the macro global scale and political economy? In this work group, through embodied theory and activity, we explore a range of inversions and perversions to the dominant global order using epistemic and phenomenological formations that begin with ways of feeling, knowing, and being from the Global South. We draw from diverse artistic, activist, and intellectual genealogies that include subaltern studies, queer theory, counter-visualidades, “fish eye” epistemes, geo-choreographies, indigenous feminist anarchy, de-colonial and post-development theory, land liberations, and buen vivir praxis. These approaches suggest the multidimensional challenges to the existing order and perception of life and its future. Insisting on inverting and perverting visualidades and the genres of conventional embodiment will be central to how we understand the work of this research group. We invite all kinds of ex-centricities that produce forms of knowledge that work with challenges to what Gómez-Barris names “the extractivist viewpoint” or the technologies of surveillance and monocultural conditions that constrain how we think about and relate to nature, and how we imagine the future.
Convened by scholars and artists this group invites Mapuche participants, Afro and indigenous peoples, queer performers, student movement activists, decolonial theorists, thinkers, artists, writers, or anyone else who identifies with the enactment of inversions and perversions as forms of organizing futures.