10 Irreverent Care: Performativity and Theatricality in Therapy, Affect, and Social Mobilization


This work group seeks to create a space for  body, somatic, conceptual, and performative experimentation focusing on caregivers. By thinking through the journeys of specific Latin American agents, which are parallel to critical feminist thought, as well as to authors such as Felix Guattari, Donna Haraway, Suely Rolnik, Peter Pal Pelbart, among others. We want to map practices of care, we want participants mobilize and identify poetic and methodological densities in these actions, and investigate the creation of care networks from a micropolitical and affect perspective. Therefore, we propose the notion of "Irreverent Care" to those that welcome artistic experimentation, but are not limited to it. They are those that establish the liminality, ambiguity, irreverence, ironies, and humor, when operating within collective experiences that are responsible for life. It is in the midst of these disorganizations, due to the relational form experienced, that some fun appears beyond the usual care. This mobilizes the hegemony of roles assigned by the subjects and also the ways in which they must be cared for. Leading  to the irreverence of the same effective results of care.

Format and Structure:

This work group will take place as a workshop. Each participant will produce a collective proposal which will culminate in a mapping and reflective action about the processes of care that will challenge our position in the world. There will be discussion of readings and some anecdotes. We are looking to sit be comfortable with each other in order to come closer and  empower ourselves critically.

Languages spoken/understood by conveners:

Spanish and Portuguese


Cristina Ribas is an artist, scholar,  and occasional curator. She is a postdoctoral fellow at UFRGS, Brasil. Since 2008 she has been organizing residencies for artists and other interdisciplinary projects such as Interações Florestais and Pedregulho Residência Artística. Her practice moves between diagrams, memory, history, archives, the public sphere and politics. Between 2005 and 2010 she developed the research project Arquivo de Emergência (Archive of Emergency), creating an archive for collective and public oriented artistic practices in Brazil. In 2011 part of this research was transformed into the open platform Desarquivo.org. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Fine Art Department at Goldsmiths College, London and has a Master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Process from the Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). She was born in São Borja, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1980, and currently resides  in Brazil.

Paulina E. Varas is a curator, professor and scholar at the Creative Campus of the Andrés Bello University, Santiago, Chile. She has a degree in Art from the Playa Ancha University and a PhD in History and Art Theory from the University of Barcelona. She is the coordinator of CRAC Valparaíso, a member of the “Red Conceptualismos del Sur” (RedCSur) since 2007, where she has participated in support actions and working groups in Chile, Spain, Argentina, and Peru, among others. She has written about Chilean and Latin American contemporary art in international magazines and publications. Her projects as a curator include:: "Cierto tipo de poética política" (Valparaíso 2008); Subversive Practices: Art under conditions of political repression, 60s-80s South America-Europe ", (Stuttgart, 2009); "Valparaíso: Interventions", (Valparaíso 2010); "Una acción hecha por otro es una obra de la Luz Donoso" (Santiago 2011), "Deisler, los años antofagastinos" (Antofagasta, 2012); "Artist for Democracy: the archive of Cecilia Vicuña" (Santiago 2014).

Albeley Rodríguez is a writer, scholar, professor, and curator. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Latin American Cultural Studies Program of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Ecuador), and holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy from the same university. Rodríguez has an MA in Museology (UNEFM, Falcón- Venezuela), and a BA in History of Art, (ULA, Mérida). Currently she is a professor and member of the “Red Conceptualismos del Sur” (RedCSur). Their curatorial works include: "Ecuaterrestres" (an artistic project by the Ecuadorian artist José Luis Macas), "ArteActual" (FLACSO) and "Chawpi Laboratorio de Creación", Quito, among others. She has published books and articles in contemporary Latin American art in specialized magazines in Argentina, Chile, Spain, Ecuador and Venezuela. As a professor and speaker her work has taken her to  Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia.

David Gutiérrez Castañeda holds a BA in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2006),  a Masters in Art History from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM, 2011), and Ph.D. in Art History with a focus on Performance Studies, Gender, Art and Politics in Latin America, and Contemporary Museology from the same university (UNAM, 2016). He is an Associate Professor of Art History Program at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores Unidad Morelia (ENES) of UNAM. Gutiérrez is a member of the research group Taller de Historia Crítica del Arte and Red de Conceptualismos del Sur, and a fellow of  the Colegio Mexiquense and the Ford Foundation for the Libertades Laicas Program, in which he studies art and secularism at the Colegio de México (2006). Castañeda won the National Prize for Art Criticism of the Ministerio de Cultura in Colombia (2010), and is the author of the book Mapa Teatro 1987-1992 (2014).


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